In anticipation of the upcoming MacRobertson Shield Tier 1 World Team Championship between Australia, England, New Zealand and the United States this coming April, this is the second of a three-part statistical look at the team line-ups. This week we'll focus on a pair of charts on Tripling Percentage by Games Played and Wins and follow with two charts based on Dynamic Grade and World Rank. As a note, this week's charts do include Chris Shilling in place of Paul Skinley for team New Zealand as that line-up switch was announced this week. All statistics are sourced from croquetrecords.com.
Today, we start with the Triple Percentage charts after a suggestion by Jeff Soo from last week's part one posting. Chart 1 is based on the number of triples per games played for each player. Each team is designated by color and from team rank of one through six, while the stat tables are on the right. Australia certainly looks strong in this analysis, with Robert Fletcher and Simon Hockey ranked #1 and #3 in the category. The chart does show though that England is right there in close range from the #2 through #6 team rankings.
Chart 2 is based on the number of Triples per Game Wins and shows a much tighter grouping at the top end for Australia, New Zealand and England. In fact, England and Australia look very close in positions one through six. On the other hand, New Zealand falls off quite a bit starting at the #3 position.
For Chart 3, we simply have a charted visual of last week's Table 1 Dynamic Grade ranking. Again, it shows England with an advantage in positions two through six. Chart 4 is based on World Rank Position and for this one the lower number represents the stronger player according to rankings. Therefore, Chart 4 is inverted in comparision to Charts 1-3. The team tables are shown below for reference.
Next week, we'll take a look at cumulative team stats. Again, I welcome anyone to add insights or suggestions in the comments section below.