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CONCERNING STAT 1: Since the start of the 2013 Ashes, England have converted 24% of their fifties into centuries. All other Test teams combined have a conversion rate of 34.5%; the other six teams ranked in the top seven have converted 37%.Alastair Cook, the erstwhile Honours-Board-Bothering machine, the one-time avaricious hoarder of three-figures scores, has scored only three hundreds in the 38 Tests he has played since the 2013 Ashes began. He has reached the half-century mark 23 times in 70 innings in those games; in the 40 Tests he played before that (from the tour to Bangladesh in 2010 to the end of the New Zealand micro-series earlier in the 2013 summer), he had made 22 fifties in 69 innings, but converted 15 of them into centuries (including six in a row from July 2012 to May 2013, the last five of which were in his early months as captain).So, although he has continued to reach fifty almost once every three innings, his conversion rate has collapsed from the best in Test cricket to the worst. Of the 25 players to have made ten or more fifties in Tests since July 2013, Cooks conversion rate of 13% is the lowest - other than he, only Kaushal Silva (two out of 13) has converted less than a quarter of his fifties into hundreds. In the 2010-2013 period, Cooks 68% conversion was the best of the 40 players with at least ten scores of 50-plus. To give some context to his excellence at that time, the next seven batsmen in the conversion-rate list were Kallis, Dravid, Sangakkara, Clarke, Younis Khan, Chanderpaul and Amla.To add further curiosity to the stats, conversion rates in all Test cricket have risen since July 2013 - excluding Cook, the rate has increased from 28.8% in the 2010-2013 period, to 33.4% since the start of the 2013 Ashes (and, for all other openers, from 27.5% to 35.1%). The England captains conversion stats have been swimming upstream like a randy salmon.Cook was similarly ineffective at converting fifties earlier in his career. After his stellar 2006 entry to the Test arena (five of his first nine fifties were converted into hundreds), in 70 innings between the New Years Ashes Test in 2007 and that 2010 Bangladesh tour, he made 25 fifties, and converted only six, four of which were against the lowly ranked, ineffective West Indies.Just as his fifty rate has remained relatively steady through these three wildly divergent conversion-rate periods in his career, so has his proportion of single-figure dismissals. In fact, his failing-to-trouble-the-tens-column rate was actually higher in his most successful phase. He was out in single figures 14 times in the 2007-2010 period; 19 times in his peak 2010-2013 phase; and 15 times from the 2013 Ashes to now.Cook, it seems, is almost exactly as adept at beginning his innings as he ever was, but he has become (again) vastly less effective at prolonging it. His average since the 2013 Ashes began is a solid 41.5 - very solid for a player playing so few big innings. Many of his non-hundreds have been important innings.However, this is a batsman who used to be one of the toughest to dismiss when set - in the 2010-2013 phase, once he had survived the first 15 overs, it took on average 161 balls to dismiss him, more than any other regular Test batsmen other than Chanderpaul (166 balls per dismissal from over 16 onwards), and his after-the-15th-over average of 81 was comfortably the highest of those who batted more than ten times in that part of Test innings. Since the 2013 Ashes, Cooks figures are down to an average of 49 (25th best of those with ten or more relevant innings), and a dismissal once every 116 balls (seventh best) - still impressive, still adhesive, still valuable to his team, but significantly declined.Is there a reason for this? Perhaps bowlers have become more persistent in challenging his weaknesses. Perhaps the burden of captaincy has fractured the impregnable cocoon in which he used to bat once established, or a decade of Test-match opening has worn down his mental stamina. Perhaps the added pressure of being a prime lynchpin in a more fragile batting line-up has added strain to his batsmanship, and made opponents treasure and target his wicket even more. Perhaps Edward Snowdens disclosure in June 2013 of the covert surveillance programmes of the US government made Cook worry that his batting was being spied on by the CIA; perhaps Croatias accession to the European Union on July 1, 2013 made the Essex man fret about the potential geopolitical implications of the rapid expansion of the EU in the aftermath of the collapse of the communist bloc. We may never know.Cook is the most striking example, but England as a team have struggled to capitalise on their half-centuries. In the 2010-2013 period detailed above, Englands 36% conversion rate was second only to South Africa (41%) of the nine regular Test-playing teams. Without Cook, at 30%, they would still have been third. In the 2013-2016 block, England are eighth in the conversion league, at 24%. With Cooks 3-out-of-23 figure removed, Englands rate is 26%, still eighth in a table led narrowly by Pakistan (42.6%) from South Africa (42.1%).Joe Root has made only one century from his past eight 50-plus scores, having turned eight of his previous 19 half-centuries into tons. Ian Bell, after his momentous, career-defining 2013 Ashes, converted only two of the 11 Test half-centuries he made subsequently into three figures. Recently the entire England team has struggled even to convert three-quarter centuries into centuries. Since the start of last summers home international season, English batsmen have reached 75 in a total of 33 innings. They have converted only 12 of those into centuries (36%). All other Test teams collectively have converted 60% of their 75s into hundreds over the same period. Only West Indies (one out of six) are below 50% at converting 75s into tons. Australia have converted 77% (24 out of 31). All in all, curious and unhelpful from an English perspective. Explanations on a postcard, please, addressed to The ECB, No.1 Cricket Street, Cricketsville, Cricketshire, England. Soon, preferably. By 11am on Friday morning, if you have the time.CONCERNING STAT 2: Since 2006, England have collectively averaged 18% less against left-arm pace than against right-arm pace (28.4 to 34.6). No other team has a such a pronounced comparative weakness against left-arm quicks. (India, oddly, average 45% more against left-arm quicks than against right-arm ones.) Of those who have played a significant quantity of Test cricket, none of Englands current batting line-up, nor any likely potential replacements, has a better record against left-arm seamers than right-arm seamers. Root averages 37.4 against left-arm pacers, 47.6 against right-arm pacers, Bairstow 28.3 to 48.5, Ballance 21.2 to 53.2, Moeen 26.7 to 32.8, Stokes 24.6 to 44.4. Furthermore, Bells figures are 33.6 to 42.0, and Jos Buttlers 23.7 to 40.1.Cook is the closest - 40.4 against left-arm pace, 42.5 against right-arm pace. Even so, he was dismissed by a decent but hardly devilish Rahat Ali delivery in the second innings at Lords, having scored, in effect (after being aided by some rather Kamranakmalian catching) 25 for 3 against Mohammad Amir in the first, which does not suggest that Englands leader is in tip-top flourishing-against-high-quality-left-arm-seamers form.Since the beginning of the 2006 English summer, 20 England players have faced at least 30 overs of pace from both left-armers and right-armers. Only three average more against left-armers - Matt Prior (48.8 to 39.1), Adam Lyth (a not very good 23.2 to an even worse 17.3), and, intriguingly, the recently-departed-from-the-team Nick Compton (54.6 against left-arm seam, the best of the 20 England players involved in this stat; 19.3 against right-arm seam, second worst of any non-specialist bowler who has faced at least 500 balls of right-arm pace since 2006, ahead only of Lahiru Thirimanne [18.4]).Part of the disparity must be due to the fact that England have played several recent Tests against some very good left-arm pacemen, and have faced some less-than-Marshallesque right-armers, but still those are numbers for Pakistan to pin on their bedroom ceilings at night to help them get to sleep. (I assume international cricketers pin statistics to their bedroom ceilings.) (I cannot imagine why they would not.) (I would, if I was an international cricketer.) 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LONDON -- Gennady Golovkin steamrolled to yet another knockout victory to retain his world middleweight title in a slugfest against Kell Brook on Saturday night at the sold-out O2 Arena.Golovkin, the much heavier puncher, punished Brook before unloading a brutal onslaught of blows against the game welterweight titleholder, sending Brooks trainer, Dominic Ingle, onto the ring apron to throw in the towel in the fifth round.It was just the kind of fight Golovkin wanted.I promised to bring Big Drama Show, like street fight, Golovkin said. This is not boxing, this is more like street fight. I feel its finished [in the fifth round]. I feel its game over.Brooks home-country crowd had come to see if he could pull off one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history, a list that includes Randy Turpins 15-round decision against Sugar Ray Robinson to win the middleweight title in 1951, Ricky Hattons 11th-round knockout of Kostya Tszyu to win the junior welterweight title in 2005, and Tyson Furys decision win over Wladimir Klitschko 10 months ago to win the heavyweight championship.But Brook (36-1, 25 KOs), who was moving up two weight divisions, was overpowered by perhaps the best puncher in boxing. Brook took some thunderous shots and never went down, but he seemed shaken by the numerous punches Golovkin landed.Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) retained his title for the 17th consecutive time. The middleweight division record is 20 straight defenses, set by the great Bernard Hopkins, who was ringside as an HBO analyst.Golovkin, who has not gone the distance since winning an eight-round decision in 2008, notched his 23rd knockout in a row and raised his record for highest knockout percentage in middleweight title history to .917.But Golovkin took some clean licks before putting Brook away.He got hit, but he was definitely the bigger puncher, said K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler, Golovkins promoter. We give Kell Brook a lot of respect. He would probably beat a lot of the middleweights, just not GGG. Gennady came into the lions den. You saw the atmosphere at the O2, where the U.K. fans were cheering for Brook, but Gennady did his job, retained his titles and kept his knockout streak alive.Golovkin started quickly, perhaps wanting to see what Brook could take, and he buckled Brook with a hard left hook along the ropes about a minute into the fight. Brook overcame the brief distress and landed some clean shots, but Golovkin did not flinch.Brook landed several punches throughout the fight, giving the electric crowd false hope, because in addition to Golovkins power, he also has a granite chin. He has never been knocked down or visibly hurt in his career.I dont feel his power. I feel his distance, Golovkin said. He has great distance. He feels [my power], and after second round I understand that its not boxing. I need street fight. Just broke him. Thats it.Brook used his movement to stay away from Golovkin for stretches in the second round, but still ate a right and a left to the head. Brook responded with a series of head shots that sent the crowd into delirium as he and Golovkin slugged it out briefly in a possible round of the year contender.Golovkin attacked Brook to open the third round and landed a body shot and straight left that forced him to the ropes. Golovkin also damaged the right side of Brooks face with heavy blows.Brook went to the hospital after the fight with a broken orbital bone around his eye. He posted on his Twitter account that he would need to have surgery next week.Im devastated. I expected him to be a bigger puncher, Brook said. I think in the second round, he broke my eye socket. He caught me with a shot, and I was starting to settle into the fight, but I was seeing three or four of him, so it was hard to get through it. I was tricking him. His shots were coming underneath, and I was frustrating him. I was starting to settle into him, but when you see three or four of them, it is hard to carry on.Believe me, I hurt him. When youre in a fight, you can see every movement of a fighter, and I saw his legs buckle a couple of times. Hes a scary champion. Nobody wants to fight him, but I would fight him again, with a good eye. He is a great champion. Im trying to give back to the fans, and I hope they enjoyed the fight while it lasted. I wished I could go on, but when there are five of him, you dont know which one to hit.Golovkin battered Brook in the fifth round, forcing him to the ropes and teeing off. Brook spun away and threw up his hands as if to say, Im still here, but it was his last stand..ddddddddddddGolovkin pounded Brook around the ring with both hands and had him trapped in a corner, firing huge rights and a left to the body. In all, Golovkin blitzed Brook with more than a dozen unanswered punches.Ingle got on the ring apron and waved a white towel, but referee Marlon Wright did not immediately notice. Golovkin got in a few more monster punches before Wright recognized the corner and waved off the fight at 1 minute, 57 seconds, immediately quieting the frenzied crowd.No, this is not a surprise, Golovkin said of the towel being thrown in. First of all, I respect Kell. Kell is good fighter. He is not middleweight. This is not his division. [Trainer] Abel Sanchez tell me to, Just take your time, do not box him. Just pressure him, because he is broken.I respect Kell. He is real, and thanks to his corner, for his career and for his family, [the stoppage was] correct.Said Ingle, referring to Brooks eye injury: You cant be fighting a guy like Golovkin when you cant even focus on the guy.Brook, 30, still had his wits about him when Wright stepped in, and he seemed surprised that his corner called for the stoppage.A fight with this magnitude, it should have carried on, Brook said. Dominic Ingle has seen me probably from 9 years old coming through. He was watching from the outside. I dont know what was going through his mind. But me as a warrior, I wanted to carry on. Knock me out, knock me out.When it was over Golovkin, 34, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Santa Monica, California, simply walked back to his corner, showing virtually no emotion as he racked up another knockout.The corner did the right thing, Sanchez said. It was a matter of time. He was taking too many clean shots. At that point when they stopped it, it was over. Gennady knew it was over, and he was touching him with too many clean shots. I think something is wrong with [Brooks] eye, and the heavy hands were going to injure him permanently.I noticed it in the second round when he kept pointing to it and kept touching it. [Ingle] did say that something was wrong with his eye. But it wasnt so much with his eye as he was getting hit with too many clean shots. That could be very dangerous.Many thought that perhaps Golovkin was ill during the week, because he was a bit more reserved and seemed a little irritable, but he said he was fine, dismissing the rumors. And he sure looked healthy as he plowed through Brook, who was hoping to join all-time greats Sugar Ray Robinson and Carmen Basilio as the only reigning welterweight titleholders to win middleweight titles.I feel great. Its because Im not smiling. This is serious business, Golovkin said. I understand my situation in middleweight. I feel after first round that hes not middleweight, and I am not scared.Sanchez was not overly impressed by Golovkin and assigned him a grade of 4 on a 1-to-10 scale.He was trying too hard to knock Kell out, Sanchez said. The not smiling [Friday at the weigh-in], he had an hour and 40-minute ride [because of traffic]. He was upset and wanted to get on the scale and get out of here. He just was trying too hard. I was trying to tell him this is a 12-round fight. Just beat on him, beat on him, practice. I wanted him to use the jab more. He wasnt. He would use it for half the round and then not use it.Golovkin plans to return Nov. 26, the date HBO is holding for him. Lineal champion Canelo Alvarez, who fights Liam Smith for a junior middleweight world title on Sept. 17, refuses to fight Golovkin.Golovkin could face secondary titlist and mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs, who defended his belt with a seventh-round knockout of Sergio Mora in a rematch on Friday night. After the fight, Jacobs called for the fight with Golovkin.We hope a lot of the fighters that turned Gennady down before will not just talk about fighting him now but will actually get in the ring with him after seeing him get hit by Kell Brook, Loeffler said.Golovkin would also like to win the last belt of the major belts he does not have. It belongs to Englands Billy Joe Saunders, who has already blatantly ducked Golovkin. But Golovkin said he holds out hope.Im open for everybody, [but] I want a unification fight, he said. I would like Billy Joe Saunders first of all, because he has the WBO belt.Golovkin wants Saunders, and he wants Alvarez, and he wants Jacobs. He wants them all and has been saying it for years.The question is, who wants GGG? ' ' '

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