For the tables below, I'll offer some comments on items that caught my eye, but it's primarily from a statistical look as I rarely get to watch even the US players and have no in-person experience watching players from the other three teams. I would encourage anyone with more insight to fill up the comments section with feedback.
Again, this is a snapshot of data pulled on January 25, 2017, that comes from the incredibly useful/essential croquetrecords.com website. It includes 12 months of player stats for each team and will of course fall out of date as more events are played between now and the event.
Table 5 is a simple look at total games played over the 12-month window and again we see England's David Maugham at the top of the list with a 166 games. That's quite a regimen for a year. England looks strong here overall as does Australia. Primarily, I'd say this table is about who is putting in the most games to prep for the event.
I should note that I have mentioned the 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 player spots. The teams are not obligated to use rankings to set their line-ups, so the line-ups can actually vary from the one through six projection that would be anticipated by looking at the DG ranking list. Actual line-ups are generally submitted very near the start of each individual test.
As mentioned above this is the first of three posts and next week we'll take a look at a Individual Trendline pair of charts.