Visualising Sport Performance Data

I find the quality and quantity of website data about sport performance staggering.

I wrote about the possibilities of secondary data analysis at the Asian Football Cup 2011.

Recently I have been looking at data from the ICC Cricket World Cup and noticed this Cricinfo game summary:

There is a dropped catch icon  and a wicket icon that provide links to text summaries of the event.

I have been looking at some rugby union sites too.

Foxtel have a record of game events in Super Rugby that I have found particularly useful in tracing sequence of scores:

The RSB Six Nations’ website provides a data report of each game available for download:

I like the elegant simplicity of the Cricinfo graphic, the concise information in the Foxtel graphic and the detail in the RSB Six Nations’ website data.

I acknowledge that these are secondary sources but they do provide a great permanent record for investigation. Perhaps it is my fascination with Edward Tufte‘s work has nourished my interest in visualisation.

Photo Credit

World Wide Web Visualization 4717

Partnerships, Performance and Probability

Two Test Matches have been completed in the 2010-2011 Ashes Series. The Series is offering some excellent examples of the importance of batting partnerships as foundations for winning performance.

I have been collecting information about batting partnerships from Cricinfo‘s excellent coverage of the matches.

At present there is a very clear pattern of performance.

Twenty-two of Australia’s partnerships to date have produced less than thirty runs for each partnership. Five partnerships have produced no runs. Five of England’s partnerships have produced more than a hundred runs each.

Performance in the First Test in Brisbane has developed into a trend in the Second Test in Adelaide. Australia’s wrapper of early order partnerships and late order runs that has been characteristic of the team is absent at present. In the Second Test the innings have been wrapped by low personal scores and partnerships.

The next Test Match is in Perth. I wonder if this is where the current issues facing the Australian team started in 2008 against the visiting South African team. A Wikepedia articles observes that:

South Africa achieved the second highest successful run chase in Test cricket history, losing only the wicket of Kallis (57) on their way to 414-4. AB de Villiers (106*) and debutant JP Duminy (50*) put on 111 for the fifth wicket to take the visitors to victory. Australia had a poor day in the field, taking only one wicket.

The Third Test becomes a great opportunity for those interested in performance to monitor the role probability plays in winning outcomes. Both teams are on different tracks at the moment and for the first time in many years in Australia, England hold the destiny of the Ashes.

Batting Partnerships in the Ashes' Series in Australia 2010-2011

This post was updated throughout the 2010-2011 Ashes’ Series in Australia. I used data provided by Cricinfo to record partnerships in the five Test Matches played.

The partnership scores in the 2010-2011 Ashes were:

Fifth Test, Sydney, 3-7 January 2011

Partnerships Day 5

Partnerships Day 4

Partnerships Day 3

Partnerships Day 2

Partnerships Day 1

Fourth Test, Melbourne, 26-29 December 2010

Partnerships Day 4

Partnerships Day 3


Partnerships Day 2

Partnerships Day 1

Third Test, Perth, 16-19 December 2010

Partnerships Day 4


Partnerships Day 3


Partnerships Day 2

Partnerships Day 1

Second Test, Adelaide, 3-7 December 2010


Partnerships Day 5


Second Test Summary

Partnerships Day 4

Partnership Data Day 1

Partnerships Day 4

Partnerships Day 3

Partnerships Data Day 2

First Test, Brisbane, 25-29 November 2010



Partnership Data Day 1

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Partnerships Day Two

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Partnerships Day 3

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Partnerships Day 4

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Partnerships Day 5

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Notes:

First Test, Australia First Innings

  • The 307-run stand between Hussey and Haddin is the fifth 300-plus partnership for the sixth wicket and the third for Australia. It is also the highest partnership at the Gabba going past the 276-run stand between Don Bradman and Lindsay Hassett in 1946. (Source)

First Test, England Second Innings

  • The 188-run stand between Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook is the seventh-highest partnership by an England opening pair in Australia. It is also the second-highest after the 203-run stand between Michael Atherton and Graham Gooch at Adelaide in 1991. (Source)
  • The 329-run stand between Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott is the highest by an England pair in Australia, and only the third instance of a 300-plus partnership for them in this country. (Source)

Photo Credits

Bradman and Stan McCabe take the field 18 November 1932

Bill O’Reilly demonstrates his famous grip, circa 1932