Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Steven Smith

100

David Warner

86

Azhar Ali

84

Josh Hazlewood

79

Mitchell Starc

74

Sohail Khan

73

Usman Khawaja

60

Nathan Lyon

52

Jackson Bird

47

Sarfraz Ahmed

29

Yasir Shah

23

Asad Shafiq

20

Wahab Riaz

18

Peter Handscomb

17

Matthew Wade

15

Nic Maddinson

12

Younis Khan

10

Babar Azam

6

Sami Aslam

5

Matt Renshaw

5

Misbah-ul-Haq

2

Mohammad Amir

2

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​

Scorecard

Australia started Day 5 (30 Dec) of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne with a slim lead over Pakistan, 22 runs to be precise, and ended it savouring victory – by an innings and 18 runs. In so doing, they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Steven Smith was the highest impact player of the second Test.

The Australian skipper top-scored for his team (165 not out) and ensured partnerships kept developing ( Partnership-Building Impact ). His innings was also instrumental to Australia’s fortunes as they secured a match-winning lead. Smith had three catches to his credit and, as winning captain, had Captaincy Impact too.

Despite scoring 104 runs fewer than his adversary, David Warner (144) edged Azhar Ali (205 and 43) to finish as the highest impact batsman, and second-highest impact player, of the match.

While both openers had to see off the new ball ( New Ball Impact ), absorb pressure and build partnerships for their respective teams, Warner scored his runs at a much faster rate. Furthermore, his knock was crucial to the hosts’ eventual innings victory and thus his impact – in a match context – was higher than Ali’s.

Josh Hazlewood was the highest impact bowler for his match haul of five wickets (3-50 and 2-39).

While Mitchell Starc also claimed five in the match, four of Hazlewood’s victims were that of the top/middle-order (as opposed to Starc’s two) and the right-armer was far more economical as well.

Azhar Ali, meanwhile, finished as Pakistan’s highest impact player.

As many as five Pakistanis and three Australians failed in the match. The visitors had no answer to the high impact efforts of Smith, Warner and Hazlewood.

 

Karthik Swaminathan