Top 15 Non Asian Test Batsmen Outside Asia

All Test Ratings on the website are from 01/01/1950 onwards. Our ratings are based on conditions and diverse oppositions. Before the above mentioned date, there were primarily only two teams which dominated cricket. Moreover, matches were of unequal length with some ending in 4 days and some being timeless. Post 1950, West Indies and South Africa grew as test teams. Moreover, Asian teams India and Pakistan started improving after 1950 and became compenent at home at least. Performance in Asia and outside Asia are integral to our overall rating. How the rating works is explained in highlighted sections. So, here are the Top 15 Non Asian batsmen in matches Outside Asia

*Note: All Test Ratings are updated till 2022-08-14

NA O A Rating

This rating only includes stats of Non Asian batsmen in matches Outside Asia. The rating is divided into sections to make it easy to understand how it is calculated. Before each section, its criteria is highlighted in bold. Our ratings are dynamic, and as new matches are played, the rating of earlier batsmen may change if current batsmen set new benchmarks.

The Trend Setter

The Trend Setter (TS) is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated as percentage points of TS. Let’s taken an example to understand it:-

  • Let’s assume that Sachin Tendulkar has scored 10,000 runs, which is the highest. This makes him the TS.
  • Another player, say Virat Kohli, has scored 5,000 runs.
  • If the rating is out of 250, Sachin will get the full points (pts), that is 250.
  • The points of Kohli are calculated as His Runs/Sachin’s Runs*250. This comes out to be 125.
  • Thus the formula is (Runs Scored/Runs Scored By TS)*Max Points.
  • All ratings are calculated similarly with Runs being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
  • For Average, a batsman is eligible to be TS only if he has scored a minimum number of runs, which is mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • For Strike Rate, a batsman is eligible to be TS only if he has scored a minimum number of runs and has a minimum average, which are mentioned in the qualificaton.
  • Lastly, it is to be noted that it is not necessary for a TS to be part of the rating as he might have topped in a criteria but not done well in others.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 20
Min Innings v/s Top Teams 10
Min Runs (TS AVE) 1500
Min Runs v/s Top Teams (TS AVE) 1000
Min Runs (TS SR) 1000
Min Average (TS SR) 35
The Eras

The first criteria Prolific gives points for runs scored. We have divided cricket from 1950 onwards into 3 broad eras. This has been done to make it fair for players from earlier era, when less cricket was played, and also for current players, who are in the middle of their careers. Let’s take an example:-

  • Let’s assume Ricky Ponting has scored 10,000 runs, which is the maximum and gives him 250 points.
  • Now, say Viv Richards in earlier times scored 5,000 runs, which was the max for his era.
  • If there are no eras, he would get 50% of the pts, that is 125.
  • Instead of that, we reduced 50 pts (according to %age) from the max to arrive at the figure of 200 pts for Richards.
  • Now, everyone in his era is compared to Richards and not Ponting.
  • So a player who has scored 1,000 runs in Richards’ era will get (1000/5000)*200 pts or 40pts.
  • Eras are calculated by MP, which is the mean of the years a player: First Played (FP) and Last Played (LP).

PROLIFIC


Criteria: Points For Runs Scored

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 and 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015
RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS AR Border AUS 1978 1994 1986 226 9375 230.00
1 AR Border AUS 1978 1994 1986 226 9375 230.00
2 GA Gooch ENG 1975 1995 1985 191 8031 197.03
3 IVA Richards WI 1974 1991 1982.5 144 7030 172.47
4 GS Sobers WI 1954 1974 1964 142 6973 171.07
5 GS Chappell AUS 1970 1984 1977 145 6663 163.47
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS RT Ponting AUS 1995 2012 2003.5 239 11489 250.00
1 RT Ponting AUS 1995 2012 2003.5 239 11489 250.00
2 JH Kallis SA 1995 2013 2004 236 11231 244.39
3 BC Lara WI 1990 2006 1998 206 10423 226.80
4 S Chanderpaul WI 1994 2015 2004.5 233 10017 217.97
5 AN Cook ENG 2006 2018 2012 236 9762 212.42
6 SR Waugh AUS 1985 2004 1994.5 225 9722 211.55
7 MJ Clarke AUS 2004 2015 2009.5 161 7349 159.91
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS JE Root ENG 2012 2022 2017 184 8466 220.00
1 JE Root ENG 2012 2022 2017 184 8466 220.00
2 SPD Smith AUS 2010 2022 2016 121 6584 171.09
3 DA Warner AUS 2011 2022 2016.5 137 6543 170.03
C Ave

The Comparative Average (C Ave) for batsmen is calculated by taken into account two factors:-

  • First is the average of batsmen at particluar positions (1-11) in a decade.
  • Second is the average of the opposition bowlers at Home, in Asia or outside Asia; whichever is applicable.
  • The average of the opposing team’s bowlers is also calculated by decades.
  • Higher C Ave suggests that more runs were given by bowlers in the above mentioned factors.
  • Thus it was easier to score runs against those oppositions and in those positions.
  • The batsmen’s points will thus be decreased accordingly.
  • Lower C Ave means the opposite.
R Ave

The Relative Average (R Ave) is calculated using the C Ave. Its formula is (Batsman’s Ave/His C Ave)*A Constant Factor. This constant doesn’t affect the rating as it is the same for everone. If your C Ave is comparatively high, your R Ave will be low; which is worse for batsmen. Broadly speaking, the following batsmen will benefit from this system:-

  • Openers, who face the new ball.
  • Lower order batsmen, whose averages are lower.
  • Batsmen who have played more in unfavourable conditions.
  • Batsmen who have played in an era where the bowlers dominated, like the 1980s or late 2010s
  • Batsmen who have played more against top opposition than weaker teams.
Top Teams (TT)

The R Ave Rating is divided into two parts:-

  • One is Overall which gives points for the overall R Ave.
  • The second part is Against Top Teams, which gives points for R Ave against top teams.
  • Win/Loss Ratio is used to determine top teams.
  • The top teams are calculated by decades.
  • Further, they are divided into In Asia and Outside Asia.
  • To be a top team, the team should be among the top teams in the specific condition (Asia or outside Asia) or among the top teams of the decade overall.
  • A batsman’s performace is counted in TT if he palyed against it in the specific condition and in the specific decade.
  • The Top Teams may be found in the last section of the rating.

CONSISTENT


Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Against All Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS 100s AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS M Labuschagne 36 1 2139 6 61.11 32.25 66.32 200.00
1 SPD Smith 121 16 6584 23 62.70 33.64 65.24 196.74
2 GS Sobers 142 17 6973 23 55.78 33.28 58.67 176.93
3 GS Chappell 145 19 6663 23 52.88 34.07 54.32 163.80
4 DA Warner 137 7 6543 21 50.33 32.44 54.30 163.73
5 SR Waugh 225 40 9722 29 52.55 34.37 53.52 161.38
6 JH Kallis 236 33 11231 37 55.33 36.19 53.51 161.36
7 JE Root 184 16 8466 23 50.39 33.11 53.26 160.61
8 IVA Richards 144 8 7030 20 51.69 34.23 52.86 159.39
9 RT Ponting 239 26 11489 36 53.94 36.32 51.98 156.75
10 BC Lara 206 6 10423 29 52.12 35.13 51.92 156.58
11 S Chanderpaul 233 40 10017 26 51.90 35.38 51.34 154.81
12 AR Border 226 38 9375 21 49.87 34.35 50.81 153.23
13 MJ Clarke 161 20 7349 24 52.12 36.14 50.48 152.21
14 GA Gooch 191 4 8031 19 42.95 32.20 46.68 140.76
15 AN Cook 236 12 9762 24 43.58 33.95 44.93 135.49

Against Top Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS 100s AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS SPD Smith 103 11 5506 19 59.85 33.64 62.27 200.00
1 SPD Smith 103 11 5506 19 59.85 33.64 62.27 200.00
2 GS Sobers 122 15 6215 20 58.08 33.28 61.09 196.22
3 IVA Richards 124 8 6356 18 54.79 34.23 56.03 179.96
4 JE Root 144 12 6561 18 49.70 33.11 52.54 168.73
5 MJ Clarke 118 13 5628 20 53.60 36.14 51.91 166.72
6 GS Chappell 116 16 5049 18 50.49 34.07 51.86 166.58
7 BC Lara 172 5 8422 21 50.43 35.13 50.25 161.38
8 DA Warner 111 5 4931 16 46.52 32.44 50.18 161.18
9 RT Ponting 162 14 7699 26 52.02 36.32 50.13 161.02
10 S Chanderpaul 185 29 7796 21 49.97 35.38 49.43 158.77
11 AR Border 190 32 7596 17 48.08 34.35 48.99 157.34
12 JH Kallis 161 17 7187 23 49.91 36.19 48.27 155.04
13 SR Waugh 180 29 7133 18 47.24 34.37 48.11 154.51
14 GA Gooch 154 2 5827 11 38.34 32.20 41.67 133.83
15 AN Cook 155 3 5999 12 39.47 33.95 40.69 130.69
Ave HS

In this criteria, we have taken the top 7 scores of the batsman in the specific condition. Average High Score (Ave HS) is simply the total runs in the 7 innings divided by 7.

BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL


Criteria: Points For Runs Scored In The Top 7 Inns

RANK BATSMAN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 AVE HS RAT
TS BC Lara 400* 375 277 226 213 209 202 271.71 200.00
1 BC Lara 400* 375 277 226 213 209 202 271.71 200.00
2 MJ Clarke 329* 259* 230 210 187 168 166 221.29 162.88
3 RT Ponting 257 242 221 209 207 206 197 219.86 161.83
4 AN Cook 294 244* 243 235* 189 162 160 218.14 160.57
5 GS Sobers 365* 226 178* 174 168 163* 161 205.00 150.89
6 IVA Richards 291 232 208 182* 178 177 146 202.00 148.69
7 JE Root 254 226 200* 190 182* 180* 180 201.71 148.48
8 GA Gooch 333 210 196 183 174 154* 154 200.57 147.63
9 SPD Smith 239 215 211 199 192 165* 162* 197.57 145.43
10 DA Warner 335* 253 180 163 154 145 145 196.43 144.58
11 GS Chappell 247* 204 201 182* 182 176 150* 191.71 141.11
12 JH Kallis 224 201* 189* 186 182* 177 162 188.71 138.91
13 SR Waugh 200 199 177* 170 164 160 157* 175.29 129.02
14 AR Border 205 200* 196 163 152* 146* 140 171.71 126.39
15 S Chanderpaul 203* 166 153* 147* 140 137* 136* 154.57 113.77
C SR And R SR

The Comparative Strike Rate (C SR) and Relative Strike Rate (R SR) for batsmen is calculated using the same method as in C Ave and R Ave with average replaced with SR. Points to note are:-

  • Batsmen from the earlier era benefit from R SR.
  • This is because SR was generally low earlier and it has incresed with time.
  • Rest of the factors are the same as in R Ave.
R4BF

Balls played by batsmen for many inns is not available for earlier times. When such is the case, we have used Runs For Balls Faced (R4BF) to determine the Strike Rate. This is the runs scored by the batsman for the available data of balls.

ATTACKING


Criteria: Points For R SR

RANK BATSMAN R4BF BF SR C SR R SR RAT
TS AC Gilchrist 4749 5679 83.62 51.75 80.80 150.00
1 IVA Richards 6064 8705 69.66 45.52 76.51 142.03
2 DA Warner 6543 9016 72.57 51.09 71.02 131.85
3 GS Sobers 2407 4666 51.59 40.39 63.86 118.55
4 BC Lara 10423 17059 61.10 48.89 62.48 115.99
5 GS Chappell 6293 12326 51.05 43.08 59.26 110.01
6 RT Ponting 11489 19299 59.53 50.76 58.63 108.85
7 GA Gooch 8031 16271 49.36 43.60 56.60 105.08
8 SPD Smith 6584 11657 56.48 51.69 54.64 101.44
9 MJ Clarke 7349 12952 56.74 52.04 54.52 101.21
10 JE Root 8466 15331 55.22 51.32 53.80 99.88
11 SR Waugh 9722 19699 49.35 47.21 52.27 97.03
12 JH Kallis 11231 24229 46.35 50.31 46.07 85.52
13 AN Cook 9762 20509 47.60 51.73 46.01 85.41
14 AR Border 9329 23042 40.49 44.95 45.03 83.60
15 S Chanderpaul 10017 23613 42.42 50.09 42.35 78.61
FC Rating

The NA O A (FC) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000. Unfavourable Conditions (UC) is Outside Asia for Asians and In Asia for Non Asians. Favourable Conditions (FC) is the opposite.

RATING


RANK BATSMAN PRO CONS C TT BIP ATT FC RAT
1 BC Lara 226.80 156.58 161.38 200.00 115.99 860.76
2 RT Ponting 250.00 156.75 161.02 161.83 108.85 838.45
3 SPD Smith 171.09 196.74 200.00 145.43 101.44 814.69
4 GS Sobers 171.07 176.93 196.22 150.89 118.55 813.66
5 IVA Richards 172.47 159.39 179.96 148.69 142.03 802.54
6 JE Root 220.00 160.61 168.73 148.48 99.88 797.71
7 JH Kallis 244.39 161.36 155.04 138.91 85.52 785.21
8 DA Warner 170.03 163.73 161.18 144.58 131.85 771.37
9 SR Waugh 211.55 161.38 154.51 129.02 97.03 753.50
10 AR Border 230.00 153.23 157.34 126.39 83.60 750.57
11 GS Chappell 163.47 163.80 166.58 141.11 110.01 744.97
12 MJ Clarke 159.91 152.21 166.72 162.88 101.21 742.94
13 AN Cook 212.42 135.49 130.69 160.57 85.41 724.57
14 GA Gooch 197.03 140.76 133.83 147.63 105.08 724.33
15 S Chanderpaul 217.97 154.81 158.77 113.77 78.61 723.94

TOP TEAMS IN ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS WI PAK IND ENG
1960s WI AUS PAK IND ENG SA
1970s PAK ENG IND WI SA AUS
1980s PAK WI ENG NZ AUS
1990s IND PAK SA AUS WI
2000s AUS SL IND PAK SA ENG
2010s IND PAK SL ENG SA AUS
2020s IND PAK AUS ENG NZ SA

TOP TEAMS OUTSIDE ASIA


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5 6
1950s AUS ENG WI SA PAK
1960s ENG AUS WI SA NZ
1970s SA ENG WI AUS IND
1980s WI NZ AUS ENG PAK
1990s AUS SA WI PAK ENG
2000s AUS SA ENG IND NZ
2010s SA AUS ENG NZ IND
2020s AUS SA NZ ENG WI IND


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