First things first, all the records in this article are from 01/01/1960. This date has been taken throughout the site as a benchmark for the ratings in test cricket. Two important criteria in our overall rating in tests are based on the performance of a player in away matches and in matches in unfamiliar conditions. Unfamiliar conditions are defined as Outside Asia for Asian batsmen and In Asia for Non-Asian batsmen. 1960s was the first decade in which 5 nations had a more than 1.0 win loss record at home. Pakistan had a 1.0 W/L record while India had a W/L record of a decent 0.75. This indicates that Asian teams had started to perform better at home and this improved with time. Thus we have considered only players who made their debut after 01/01/1960 for our ratings. We have labelled the era after December 31, 1959 as the Multi Team Era.
To find out the best test batsmen in foreign conditions, we firstly excluded the record of the batsmen against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ireland and Zimbabwe. We then considered all the batsmen who had scored more than 5,000 runs away from home or any batsmen who had scored more than 2,500 runs at an average of more than 40.00. We then judged the batsmen who qualified on the basis of five criteria to arrive at the final 25 top batsmen. It is to be noted that we have mentioned only the final 25 batsmen in all the criteria to make things uncomplicated. It is also to be noted that United Arab Emirates (UAE) is taken as a Home for Pakistani batsmen. Thus their record in UAE is not considered in Away Rating.
The Trend Setter (TS) is the batsmen who does the best in a criteria. It is not necessary that he is ranked among the top 25. However, his rating is taking as the benchmark.
All ratings are based on some basis. Our rating favours batsmen who have scored more runs at a high average. Thus runs scored and average are the most important criteria. After that, our rating favours batsmen who play big innings, who dominate the bowling and who score 100s at a good consistency. So, without further ado, lets find out who are the best test batsmen away from home.
Averages in test cricket have remained more or less consistent. However, runs scored by batsmen have increased with time as more cricket has been played. To make things fair, we have divided the time from 01/01/1960 into three eras and active players. All batsmen who have made their debut from 1960 to 1970 come under ERA 1. All batsmen who have made their debut from 1970 to 1985 come under ERA 2. All batsmen who have made their debut after 1985 and retired come under ERA 3. Lastly, active players are judged separately.
Now, pay attention as this is perhaps the only complicated feature of the rating:-
- Sachin Tendulkar in ERA 3 has scored the most runs away from home, i.e. 7645. So he will get the maximum 300.00 points in this criteria. All batsmen in his era are given points as a ratio to his runs.
- Clive Lloyd has scored the most runs in ERA 1, i.e. 4634 runs. If we compare him to Sachin, he will only get 181.84 (4634/7645X300) points.
- To allow batsmen of his era to compete in the rating, we took the percentage of the runs scored by Lloyd compared to Sachin, i.e. 60.16%. We then arrived at the round figure of 40 (100% – 60%) and deducted it from the total points to arrive at a figure of 260.00 points for Clive Lloyd.
- All batsmen in the ERA of Clive Lloyd will get points as a ratio to his runs and not of Sachin’s runs.
- We have applied similar mathematics to all the Eras. I hope this has made things clear.
In this criteria, points are given for your average in away matches. It is to be noted that all stats in the rating exclude matches against Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ireland and Zimbabwe. A batsman can earn a maximum of 300.00 points for his average.
#3 BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL
This criteria gives points for the top 10 highest scores made by a batsman away from home. The scores are summed up and then divided by 10 to arrive at the Average High Score (Ave HS). The top batsman gets 150.00 points and others are given points as a ratio to his Ave HS.
To rank the most dominant batsmen, we compared their strike rates (runs per 100 balls) away from home with the SR (strike rate) of their team mates. We then calculated the ratio of their SR with the SR of their team mates; and on this basis we ranked the players with the best ratio. This was done as tests have seen a general increase in SR in the modern era. The top batsman gets a Rating of 150.00 points and others are ranked as a ratio of his ratio.
#5 100 CONSISTENCY
The last criteria; in which we found out the number of innings taken by a batsman to score a 100 in away matches. The batsman with the least number of innings/100 tops the criteria and gets 100.00 points.
#6 FINAL AWAY RATING
The total of the above five criteria comes out to be 1000.00 points. The final away rating is twice the number of those points. This has been done as in our overall rating performance in away matches is twice as important as performance in home matches. In this way the numbers are consistent throughout the site. So, here are the top 25 test batsmen away from home.