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Re: Fielding Statistics
Posted by: Farmer White
Date: 21/02/2017 00:52

IF Wigmore is right about this, and as you say one has to wonder from where he derives some of his fielding statistics, then there is an opportunity here for a team to steal a march on the rest. It fits with the focus on marginal gains which was so crucial in transforming British Olympic Cycling from an international irrelevance to world dominance.

If you follow the logic of marginal gains through, which is basically what this seems to be, it is not just that more catches may be taken, run outs achieved and runs saved it is also that as a result of this the morale of the side taking this approach would rise whilst the morale of sides on the receiving end would drop.

The approach could in turn lead to the knock on of an improvement in batting and bowling because the ability to keep identifying the opportunity for and then making marginal gains would transfer across to the other skills in the game.

Ray Illingworth used a similar approach, though more doing everything right and to the best of the team's ability all the time than specifically identifying individual marginal gains, but the effect was the same in a less scientific more laissez-faire age of cricket. Leicestershire, previously no-hopers, repeatedly found opposition teams wilting under the constant pressure and won five trophies in five years including their first County Championship.

Now there's a thought!

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