Top 25 Test Batsmen Away From Home

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 25 batsmen in matches Away From Home

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

AWAY Rating

This rating only includes stats of batsmen in matches Away From Home. 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. It is to be noted that U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and all stats of Pakistani batsmen are calculated accordingly.

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 120 5431 210.00
1 AR Border AUS 1978 1994 1986 120 5431 210.00
2 IVA Richards WI 1974 1991 1982.5 115 5404 208.96
3 SM Gavaskar IND 1971 1987 1979 106 5055 195.46
4 CH Lloyd WI 1966 1984 1975 108 4634 179.18
5 Javed Miandad PAK 1976 1993 1984.5 103 4351 168.24
6 CG Greenidge WI 1974 1991 1982.5 110 4349 168.16
7 GS Sobers WI 1954 1974 1964 85 3957 153.00
8 KF Barrington ENG 1955 1968 1961.5 58 3459 133.75
9 GS Chappell AUS 1970 1984 1977 55 2595 100.34
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS SR Tendulkar IND 1989 2013 2001 176 8705 250.00
1 SR Tendulkar IND 1989 2013 2001 176 8705 250.00
2 RS Dravid IND 1996 2012 2004 166 7690 220.85
3 JH Kallis SA 1995 2013 2004 137 6254 179.61
4 AN Cook ENG 2006 2018 2012 136 5904 169.56
5 RT Ponting AUS 1995 2012 2003.5 133 5800 166.57
6 BC Lara WI 1990 2006 1998 121 5736 164.73
7 Younis Khan PAK 2000 2017 2008.5 129 5717 164.19
8 KC Sangakkara SL 2000 2015 2007.5 109 5570 159.97
9 GC Smith SA 2002 2014 2008 102 5279 151.61
10 SR Waugh AUS 1985 2004 1994.5 120 5217 149.83
11 AB de Villiers SA 2004 2018 2011 82 3977 114.22
12 V Sehwag IND 2001 2013 2007 91 3930 112.87
13 AC Gilchrist AUS 1999 2008 2003.5 62 2634 75.65
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS JE Root ENG 2012 2022 2017 111 4880 210.00
1 JE Root ENG 2012 2022 2017 111 4880 210.00
2 SPD Smith AUS 2010 2022 2016 81 4260 183.32
3 V Kohli IND 2011 2022 2016.5 102 4227 181.90
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 KF Barrington 58 8 3459 14 69.18 35.59 68.04 200.00
1 KF Barrington 58 8 3459 14 69.18 35.59 68.04 200.00
2 SPD Smith 81 7 4260 14 57.57 32.35 62.28 183.09
3 AR Border 120 24 5431 14 56.57 33.53 59.06 173.60
4 SR Waugh 120 26 5217 17 55.50 32.98 58.91 173.16
5 GC Smith 102 6 5279 17 54.99 33.52 57.41 168.76
6 AB de Villiers 82 10 3977 9 55.24 33.89 57.04 167.69
7 GS Sobers 85 7 3957 12 50.73 31.81 55.82 164.09
8 SM Gavaskar 106 9 5055 18 52.11 32.78 55.64 163.55
9 AC Gilchrist 62 9 2634 10 49.70 31.27 55.62 163.51
10 GS Chappell 55 6 2595 8 52.96 33.45 55.42 162.90
11 SR Tendulkar 176 17 8705 29 54.75 34.69 55.24 162.38
12 JH Kallis 137 21 6254 22 53.91 34.90 54.08 158.96
13 RS Dravid 166 21 7690 21 53.03 34.46 53.87 158.36
14 IVA Richards 115 8 5404 13 50.50 33.35 53.00 155.80
15 KC Sangakkara 109 6 5570 16 54.08 35.81 52.86 155.38
16 JE Root 111 6 4880 11 46.48 31.34 51.90 152.56
17 AN Cook 136 9 5904 18 46.49 32.17 50.58 148.70
18 CH Lloyd 108 9 4634 11 46.81 32.54 50.34 147.98
19 BC Lara 121 1 5736 17 47.80 33.36 50.15 147.43
20 Younis Khan 129 12 5717 16 48.86 35.17 48.63 142.95
21 RT Ponting 133 8 5800 18 46.40 34.49 47.09 138.42
22 V Sehwag 91 3 3930 10 44.66 33.25 47.00 138.17
23 Javed Miandad 103 8 4351 9 45.80 34.13 46.96 138.06
24 V Kohli 102 2 4227 14 42.27 32.02 46.21 135.83
25 CG Greenidge 110 7 4349 11 42.22 32.52 45.44 133.57

Against Top Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS 100s AVE C AVE R AVE RAT
TS KF Barrington 58 8 3459 14 69.18 35.59 68.04 200.00
1 KF Barrington 58 8 3459 14 69.18 35.59 68.04 200.00
2 SPD Smith 66 4 3607 12 58.18 32.35 62.94 185.03
3 SR Waugh 102 21 4501 15 55.57 32.98 58.98 173.37
4 AR Border 103 21 4628 12 56.44 33.53 58.92 173.19
5 GS Sobers 80 7 3876 12 53.10 31.81 58.42 171.74
6 SM Gavaskar 95 7 4603 17 52.31 32.78 55.84 164.15
7 IVA Richards 100 7 4803 11 51.65 33.35 54.20 159.32
8 GC Smith 84 5 4068 12 51.49 33.52 53.76 158.04
9 AB de Villiers 65 5 3114 6 51.90 33.89 53.60 157.56
10 AC Gilchrist 55 8 2196 8 46.72 31.27 52.29 153.72
11 GS Chappell 45 5 1978 6 49.45 33.45 51.74 152.11
12 SR Tendulkar 135 10 6246 18 49.97 34.69 50.42 148.20
13 BC Lara 110 1 5180 15 47.52 33.36 49.86 146.58
14 KC Sangakkara 90 6 4268 13 50.81 35.81 49.66 145.99
15 JH Kallis 104 11 4570 15 49.14 34.90 49.29 144.89
16 JE Root 92 5 3821 7 43.92 31.34 49.04 144.17
17 AN Cook 113 5 4821 14 44.64 32.17 48.57 142.78
18 RS Dravid 120 14 4999 11 47.16 34.46 47.90 140.82
19 CH Lloyd 100 7 4138 9 44.49 32.54 47.85 140.66
20 Younis Khan 97 8 4269 11 47.97 35.17 47.73 140.32
21 V Kohli 88 2 3750 13 43.60 32.02 47.67 140.12
22 V Sehwag 75 1 3295 9 44.53 33.25 46.86 137.76
23 Javed Miandad 78 5 3167 8 43.38 34.13 44.49 130.77
24 CG Greenidge 94 5 3678 9 41.33 32.52 44.47 130.73
25 RT Ponting 104 5 4235 12 42.78 34.49 43.41 127.61
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 KC Sangakkara 319 270 230 211 203 192 156* 225.86 200.00
1 KC Sangakkara 319 270 230 211 203 192 156* 225.86 200.00
2 BC Lara 277 226 221 216 202 191 182 216.43 191.65
3 AN Cook 263 244* 235* 190 189 176 173 210.00 185.96
4 GC Smith 277 259 234 232 154* 148 133 205.29 181.78
5 SR Tendulkar 248* 241* 203 194* 193 177 169 203.57 180.27
6 Younis Khan 267 218 200* 200* 177 175* 173 201.43 178.37
7 V Sehwag 309 254 201* 195 180 151 109 199.86 176.98
8 RS Dravid 270 233 217 190 160 148 148 195.14 172.80
9 IVA Richards 291 232 208 192* 146 145 140 193.43 171.28
10 JE Root 228 226 218 186 182* 153 124 188.14 166.60
11 AB de Villiers 278* 217* 178 174 169 164 135* 187.86 166.35
12 SPD Smith 215 211 199 178* 145* 144 143 176.43 156.23
13 CG Greenidge 223 214* 213 194 141 134 115 176.29 156.10
14 Javed Miandad 271 260 160* 153* 131 129* 118 174.57 154.59
15 SM Gavaskar 221 220 172 166* 156 147* 137 174.14 154.21
16 SR Waugh 200 199 177* 160 157* 157* 157 172.43 152.69
17 GS Sobers 198 174 168 163* 161 150* 142* 165.14 146.24
18 JH Kallis 189* 182* 173 157* 155 150* 148* 164.86 145.98
19 GS Chappell 247* 235 176 133 131 113 112 163.86 145.10
19 AR Border 200* 196 162 153 150* 146* 140 163.86 145.10
21 RT Ponting 206 158 156 150 150 144 141 157.86 139.78
22 CH Lloyd 242* 163 161* 149 132 129 121 156.71 138.77
23 V Kohli 200 169 153 149 147 141 123 154.57 136.88
24 AC Gilchrist 204* 162 152 144 144 138* 122 152.29 134.85
25 KF Barrington 172 151* 148* 143 139 132* 128 144.71 128.15
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 2634 3191 82.54 50.35 81.97 150.00
1 AC Gilchrist 2634 3191 82.54 50.35 81.97 150.00
2 V Sehwag 3930 4860 80.86 51.23 78.92 144.42
3 IVA Richards 4795 6826 70.25 45.04 77.98 142.71
4 CH Lloyd 3514 6002 58.55 43.36 67.52 123.56
5 GS Sobers 2060 3916 52.60 39.38 66.80 122.24
6 BC Lara 5736 9454 60.67 48.16 62.99 115.26
7 GS Chappell 2253 4324 52.10 42.71 60.99 111.62
8 RT Ponting 5800 10152 57.13 49.30 57.94 106.04
9 CG Greenidge 3868 7828 49.41 43.45 56.86 104.05
10 GC Smith 5279 9227 57.21 50.59 56.54 103.48
11 SR Tendulkar 8705 15892 54.78 49.14 55.74 102.00
12 KF Barrington 573 1269 45.15 41.25 54.73 100.16
13 JE Root 4880 9254 52.73 49.61 53.15 97.26
14 SPD Smith 4260 7954 53.56 50.78 52.74 96.51
15 KC Sangakkara 5570 10589 52.60 50.33 52.26 95.63
16 V Kohli 4227 8059 52.45 50.73 51.70 94.60
17 SR Waugh 5217 10892 47.90 46.47 51.54 94.31
18 AB de Villiers 3977 7713 51.56 50.06 51.50 94.24
19 Javed Miandad 3710 8107 45.76 44.73 51.16 93.62
20 Younis Khan 5717 11110 51.46 50.65 50.80 92.96
21 SM Gavaskar 2979 7138 41.73 42.51 49.08 89.83
22 AR Border 5353 12714 42.10 44.78 47.01 86.03
23 AN Cook 5904 12887 45.81 49.84 45.96 84.10
24 JH Kallis 6254 14161 44.16 49.02 45.05 82.44
25 RS Dravid 7690 18053 42.60 48.96 43.50 79.61
AW Rating

The AWAY (AW) Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000.

RATING


RANK BATSMAN PRO CONS C TT BIP ATT AW RAT
1 SR Tendulkar 250.00 162.38 148.20 180.27 102.00 842.85
2 IVA Richards 208.96 155.80 159.32 171.28 142.71 838.08
3 SPD Smith 183.32 183.09 185.03 156.23 96.51 804.18
4 AR Border 210.00 173.60 173.19 145.10 86.03 787.92
5 RS Dravid 220.85 158.36 140.82 172.80 79.61 772.44
6 JE Root 210.00 152.56 144.17 166.60 97.26 770.59
7 SM Gavaskar 195.46 163.55 164.15 154.21 89.83 767.19
8 BC Lara 164.73 147.43 146.58 191.65 115.26 765.65
9 GC Smith 151.61 168.76 158.04 181.78 103.48 763.67
10 KF Barrington 133.75 200.00 200.00 128.15 100.16 762.05
11 GS Sobers 153.00 164.09 171.74 146.24 122.24 757.32
12 KC Sangakkara 159.97 155.38 145.99 200.00 95.63 756.97
13 SR Waugh 149.83 173.16 173.37 152.69 94.31 743.36
14 AN Cook 169.56 148.70 142.78 185.96 84.10 731.10
15 CH Lloyd 179.18 147.98 140.66 138.77 123.56 730.16
16 Younis Khan 164.19 142.95 140.32 178.37 92.96 718.78
17 JH Kallis 179.61 158.96 144.89 145.98 82.44 711.88
18 V Sehwag 112.87 138.17 137.76 176.98 144.42 710.19
19 AB de Villiers 114.22 167.69 157.56 166.35 94.24 700.06
20 CG Greenidge 168.16 133.57 130.73 156.10 104.05 692.62
21 V Kohli 181.90 135.83 140.12 136.88 94.60 689.34
22 Javed Miandad 168.24 138.06 130.77 154.59 93.62 685.27
23 RT Ponting 166.57 138.42 127.61 139.78 106.04 678.43
24 AC Gilchrist 75.65 163.51 153.72 134.85 150.00 677.73
25 GS Chappell 100.34 162.90 152.11 145.10 111.62 672.07

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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