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What do you do after 18,000+ games of cricket?

Written by craigsdewar on .

Hey there everyone!

The Twenty20 Cricket World Cup is under way, and the final 10 teams have now been named and will be competing over the next 2-3 weeks for the world title.

What better excuse to dust off my web crawler and do another iteration of Cricket Team and Player stats.   So yesterday I logged back into and fired up my previously created automatic data extraction web crawlers that source information from

Now, my previous cricket crawling was focussed in on Cricket Test matches, so I knew I needed to make some adjustments to extract data specific to Twenty20 style matches.  [For the un-initiated, Twenty20 cricket is a compressed 20 overs per side format, only taking ½ day to play, versus the traditional 5 day game]. To my pleasant surprise I found that ImportIO now has a new (still in beta – but working ok for me) crawling method that specialises in pulling multiple tables of data.  WOW, now I didn’t have to limit myself to one type of game stats – I could crawl them ALL!

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Each of the 10 teams have 15/16 players in their squads, so it turns out that the 155 players in the tournament have over 18,700 games of cricket recorded between them.  That’s around 120 games each – and a really rich source of data.

So with the introduction of a ‘Game Type’ dimension, and some tweaking of some calculations, I now have transformed my Ashes Players Tableau viz into a Twenty20 International world cup viz.

Check it out on Tableau public.

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Enjoy responsibly……..



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