Gareth Andrew and the Mongoose
Yesterday Gareth Andrew used the Mongoose MMi3 during a First Class game, the 2nd time this has ever been done (he used it last year at Lord’s vs Middlesex). This inspired us to have a look at some of his stats since switching to the half-bat.
So – in the 9 seasons before switching to the MMi3 Gareth had played in 121 games scoring 502 runs. With a HS of only 30. And an average of 11.4. Clearly defining his role as a tail-ender who could bat, a bit. A bit of a Jimmy Anderson.
Since switching to the MMi3 Gareth has played in 42 games, amassing 638 runs. With a HS of 104. His average has doubled to 24.5 and he’s become a different batsman. He’s now renowned as one of the most destructive batsman on the circuit, who can turn games at any time. As shown numerous times this season in the T20 format where he’s scored 3 50′s and at the time of writing he was placed 2nd in the PCA MVP tables, behind Marcus Trescothick.
Of course much of that can be down to the improvements Andrew has made to his game, but nevertheless the Mongoose looks to be the bat for him.