Mike Jakeman
Mike Jakeman
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Cricket is having its Moneyball moment

Cricket is having its Moneyball moment

In February 2005 the Australian and New Zealand cricket teams gathered in Auckland for an experiment. This was the first men’s international match played in a new format, Twenty20, in which each team has 120 balls to score as many runs as possible. It is intended to be fast and furious; hit out or get out. The concept had been dreamt up several years earlier as a way to make cricket more appealing to broadcasters and younger fans. The early games had been treated as a novelty. The organisers had put hot tubs on the edge of the field and hired pop bands to entertain the crowd, as if they...

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