Top 10 South African Batsmen In Tests Since 1950

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Nations Rating

The Nations Rating filters the OVERALL Rating to show players only from South Africa.

  • The Rating of the players from South Africa remains the same as in the original OVERALL Rating.
  • Thus the Trend Setter can be from any nation and is not necessarily from South Africa.

THE CRITERIA


CRITERIA CONSTITUENTS
Primary Runs, Average, Top Inns, Strike Rate
Conditions Home, Away, In Asia, Outside Asia
Secondary Top Form Home and Away, Difficult Runs, Impact Inns
The Trend Setter (TS)

TS is the player which does the best in a criteria. The rating of all other players are calculated taking the TS as the benchmark. Know All About TS. Here is an example:-

  • TS Runs: 2,000; Player X Runs: 1,000; Section Points: 250.00
  • TS Points: 250.00(Max); Player X Points: Runs/TS Runs X 250 = 1,000/2,000 X 250 = 125.00
  • Ratings of all sections are calculated similarly with Runs being replaced by the Criteria Stat.
Top Teams (TT)

Some sections consider performances only against the top teams. Here is some information about the 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.
  • A batsman’s performace is counted in TT if it comes in the specific condition and in the specific decade.

QUALIFICATION


Min Innings 50

PRIMARY CRITERIA

The Primary Rating is divided into 4 main sections:-

CRITERIA STAT POINTS
Prolific Runs Scored 200.00
Consistent Average 500.00
Big Innings Potential Top Inns (Runs) 150.00
Attacking Strike Rate 150.00

PROLIFIC


The Eras

The time period from 1950 to present is divided into eras for this section. This is because less cricket was played earlier. To make it fair for earlier players they are compared with players of the same period with a slight reduction in points. Know More About Eras.

Era 1 MP before 1991
Era 2 MP between 1990 And 2016
Era 3 MP greater than 2015

Criteria: Points For Runs Scored

RANK ERA 1 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS AR Border AUS 1978 1994 1986 265 11174 170.00
1 EJ Barlow SA 1961 1970 1965.5 57 2516 38.28
2 DJ McGlew SA 1951 1962 1956.5 64 2440 37.12
RANK ERA 2 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS SR Tendulkar IND 1989 2013 2001 329 15921 200.00
1 JH Kallis SA 1995 2013 2004 280 13289 166.94
2 HM Amla SA 2004 2019 2011.5 215 9282 116.60
3 GC Smith SA 2002 2014 2008 205 9265 116.39
4 AB de Villiers SA 2004 2018 2011 191 8765 110.11
5 G Kirsten SA 1993 2004 1998.5 176 7289 91.56
6 HH Gibbs SA 1996 2008 2002 154 6167 77.47
7 DJ Cullinan SA 1993 2001 1997 115 4554 57.21
RANK ERA 3 NAT FP LP MP INNS RUNS RAT
TS JE Root ENG 2012 2024 2018 257 11736 170.00
1 D Elgar SA 2012 2024 2018 152 5347 77.45

CONSISTENT


R Ave

Relative Average (R Ave) is a more accurate type of average. Know How It Is Calculated. Briefly, it takes into account:-

  • Strength of Opposition.
  • Positions at which a batsman has played.
  • Venues at which he has played.
  • Time Period in which he has been active

Criteria: Points For Relative Average

Min Qualification For TS
Min Runs 2500

Against All Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS AVE R AVE RAT
TS GS Sobers 160 21 8032 57.78 60.14 250.00
1 JH Kallis 280 40 13289 55.37 53.85 223.87
2 AB de Villiers 191 18 8765 50.66 50.19 208.63
3 DJ McGlew 64 6 2440 42.07 48.99 203.67
4 GC Smith 205 13 9265 48.26 48.25 200.57
5 G Kirsten 176 15 7289 45.27 47.09 195.74
6 EJ Barlow 57 2 2516 45.75 46.19 192.03
7 HM Amla 215 16 9282 46.64 46.00 191.24
8 DJ Cullinan 115 12 4554 44.21 44.19 183.69
9 HH Gibbs 154 7 6167 41.95 42.11 175.05
10 D Elgar 152 11 5347 37.92 40.88 169.93

Against Top Teams

RANK BATSMAN INNS NO RUNS AVE R AVE RAT
TS GS Sobers 140 19 7274 60.12 62.57 250.00
1 JH Kallis 202 23 9182 51.30 49.89 199.36
2 HM Amla 159 11 6955 46.99 46.35 185.20
3 AB de Villiers 146 9 6391 46.65 46.21 184.65
4 EJ Barlow 57 2 2516 45.75 46.19 184.58
5 G Kirsten 125 10 4943 42.98 44.70 178.63
6 GC Smith 147 9 6085 44.09 44.09 176.17
7 DJ McGlew 52 4 1766 36.79 42.85 171.21
8 D Elgar 107 6 3381 33.48 36.09 144.19
9 DJ Cullinan 70 6 2253 35.20 35.18 140.58
10 HH Gibbs 105 1 3615 34.76 34.89 139.41

BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL


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.

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* 375 277 226 221 216 213 275.43 150.00
1 GC Smith 277 259 234 232 200 183 157 220.29 119.97
2 HM Amla 311* 253* 208 201 196 176* 159 214.86 117.01
3 HH Gibbs 228 211* 196 192 183 179 161 192.86 105.03
4 G Kirsten 275 220 210 180 160 153 150 192.57 104.88
5 AB de Villiers 278* 217* 178 174 169 164 163 191.86 104.49
6 JH Kallis 224 201* 189* 186 182* 177 173 190.29 103.63
7 DJ Cullinan 275* 168 153* 152 134 122* 120 160.57 87.45
8 D Elgar 199 185 160 141* 140 136 129 155.71 84.80
9 DJ McGlew 255* 133 127* 120 108 105 104* 136.00 74.07
10 EJ Barlow 201 138 127 114 110 109 96 127.86 69.63

ATTACKING


R SR

Relative Strike Rate (R SR) is calculated using the same method as R Ave with average being replaced with SR. Batsman who were active in earlier times benefit from this as SR was generally low earlier.

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.

Criteria: Points For R SR

Min Qualification For TS
Min Runs 2500
Min Average 30
RANK BATSMAN R4BF BF SR R SR RAT
TS N Kapil Dev 4481 5580 80.30 88.85 150.00
1 GC Smith 9265 15453 59.96 57.48 97.04
2 EJ Barlow 752 1695 44.37 53.70 90.65
3 AB de Villiers 8765 16048 54.62 52.52 88.67
4 DJ Cullinan 4554 9322 48.85 51.96 87.73
5 HH Gibbs 6167 12270 50.26 50.17 84.70
6 HM Amla 9282 18574 49.97 48.22 81.41
7 D Elgar 5347 11190 47.78 46.35 78.26
8 G Kirsten 7289 16781 43.44 46.20 77.99
9 JH Kallis 13289 28899 45.98 45.90 77.49
10 DJ McGlew 437 1700 25.71 33.95 57.31

PRIMARY RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 1,000.00 points. The Primary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is half of the OVERALL Rating, i.e. 500.00 pts.

RANK BATSMAN PRO CON BIP ATT RAT PRI PTS
1 JH Kallis 166.94 423.23 103.63 77.49 771.29 385.64
2 GC Smith 116.39 376.74 119.97 97.04 710.13 355.07
3 AB de Villiers 110.11 393.28 104.49 88.67 696.55 348.27
4 HM Amla 116.60 376.44 117.01 81.41 691.46 345.73
5 G Kirsten 91.56 374.37 104.88 77.99 648.80 324.40
6 HH Gibbs 77.47 314.46 105.03 84.70 581.67 290.83
7 EJ Barlow 38.28 376.61 69.63 90.65 575.17 287.59
8 DJ Cullinan 57.21 324.27 87.45 87.73 556.65 278.32
9 D Elgar 77.45 314.12 84.80 78.26 554.64 277.32
10 DJ McGlew 37.12 374.88 74.07 57.31 543.38 271.69

CONDITIONS CRITERIA

The Conditions

The Conditions Ratings are calculated by applying the four criteria of the Primary Rating to diffirent conditions. If Innings are less than the Qualification than the Player gets 50% of the Points. Click on the Rating Titles to see how they were calculated.

The four conditions criteria and thier weightage is as follows:-

CRITERIA POINTS
Home 250.00
Away 1,000.00
Familiar Conditions 250.00
Unfamiliar Conditions 1,000.00

HOME/AWAY


HOME/AWAY RATING

Points to note:-

  • U.A.E. is considered as a second Home for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • All Home and Away stats of Pakistani and Afghani batsmen are calculated accordingly.

At Home

Min Innings: 25

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 JH Kallis 143 7035 56.73 47.73 763.99 191.00
2 HM Amla 117 5135 46.68 51.32 639.00 159.75
3 AB de Villiers 109 4788 47.41 57.44 629.01 157.25
4 D Elgar 83 3479 47.01 50.52 627.57 156.89
5 GC Smith 103 3986 41.52 64.02 577.27 144.32
6 G Kirsten 88 3384 42.30 44.30 569.39 142.35
7 HH Gibbs 79 3055 41.28 55.68 548.05 137.01
8 DJ Cullinan 59 2363 44.58 50.20 530.09 132.52
9 DJ McGlew 29 1152 44.31 25.82 517.24 129.31
10 EJ Barlow 35 1434 40.97 42.38 492.19 123.05

Away From Home

Min Innings: 25

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 GC Smith 102 5279 54.99 57.21 761.76 761.76
2 JH Kallis 137 6254 53.91 44.17 702.58 702.58
3 AB de Villiers 82 3977 55.24 51.56 701.90 701.90
4 HM Amla 98 4147 46.60 48.40 668.43 668.43
5 G Kirsten 88 3905 48.21 42.71 653.71 653.71
6 HH Gibbs 75 3112 42.63 45.88 555.26 555.26
7 DJ McGlew 35 1288 40.25 NK 532.12 532.12
8 DJ Cullinan 56 2191 43.82 47.48 522.43 522.43
9 EJ Barlow 22 1082 54.10 48.85 500.00 500.00
10 D Elgar 69 1868 27.88 43.41 433.38 433.38

FAMILIAR/UNFAMILIAR CONDITIONS


FAMILIAR/UNFAMILIAR CONDITIONS RATING

Points to note:-

  • Unfamiliar Conditions (UC) is Outside Asia for Asians and In Asia for Non Asians.
  • Familiar Conditions (FC) are the opposite.

Familiar Conditions Rating

Non Asians Outside Asia

Min Innings: 25

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 JH Kallis 236 11231 55.33 46.36 804.70 201.17
2 GC Smith 170 7537 48.01 60.66 727.85 181.96
3 HM Amla 172 7423 46.39 52.04 711.01 177.75
4 AB de Villiers 155 7019 49.78 54.45 688.95 172.24
5 G Kirsten 153 6158 43.99 43.75 660.87 165.22
6 HH Gibbs 131 5532 44.61 50.96 628.65 157.16
7 EJ Barlow 57 2516 45.75 44.37 600.54 150.14
8 D Elgar 124 4583 39.85 48.25 594.28 148.57
9 DJ Cullinan 93 3787 45.63 49.36 580.28 145.07
10 DJ McGlew 64 2440 42.07 25.71 565.07 141.27

Unfamiliar Conditions Rating

Non Asians In Asia

Min Innings: 10

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 AB de Villiers 36 1746 54.56 55.29 710.36 710.36
2 JH Kallis 44 2058 55.62 44.05 690.15 690.15
3 GC Smith 35 1728 49.37 57.09 672.41 672.41
4 HM Amla 43 1859 47.67 43.14 660.75 660.75
5 G Kirsten 23 1131 53.86 41.78 559.92 559.92
6 EJ Barlow 0 0 NA NA 500.00 500.00
6 DJ McGlew 0 0 NA NA 500.00 500.00
8 DJ Cullinan 22 767 38.35 46.48 445.72 445.72
9 D Elgar 28 764 29.38 45.18 394.59 394.59
10 HH Gibbs 23 635 27.61 44.91 347.83 347.83

CONDITIONS RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 2,500.00 points. The Conditions Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is one-fourth of the OVERALL Rating, i.e. 250 pts.

RANK BATSMAN AWAY HOME UC FC TOT CON PTS
1 JH Kallis 702.58 191.00 690.15 201.17 1,784.90 178.49
2 GC Smith 761.76 144.32 672.41 181.96 1,760.45 176.05
3 AB de Villiers 701.90 157.25 710.36 172.24 1,741.75 174.17
4 HM Amla 668.43 159.75 660.75 177.75 1,666.69 166.67
5 G Kirsten 653.71 142.35 559.92 165.22 1,521.20 152.12
6 DJ McGlew 532.12 129.31 500.00 141.27 1,302.70 130.27
7 EJ Barlow 500.00 123.05 500.00 150.14 1,273.18 127.32
8 DJ Cullinan 522.43 132.52 445.72 145.07 1,245.75 124.57
9 HH Gibbs 555.26 137.01 347.83 157.16 1,197.26 119.73
10 D Elgar 433.38 156.89 394.59 148.57 1,133.43 113.34

SECONDARY CRITERIA

The Secondary Rating consists of four parts. If Innings are less than the Qualification than the Player gets 50% of the Points. Click on the Rating Titles to see how they were calculated.

The four secondary criteria and thier weightage is as follows:-

CRITERIA POINTS
Top Form Home 200.00
Top Form Away 800.00
Difficult Runs 500.00
Impact Innings 1,000.00
TOP FORM RATING

Points to note about Top Form Rating:-

  • Top Form is calculated by taking the best 30 consecutive innings of a batsman.
  • There are two TF Ratings used in our OVERALL Rating: Home and Away.

TOP FORM AT HOME


Min Innings: 10

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 JH Kallis 30 2197 91.54 53.77 808.53 161.71
2 HH Gibbs 30 2042 75.63 60.47 786.25 157.25
3 AB de Villiers 30 2019 72.11 57.10 713.21 142.64
4 G Kirsten 30 1678 59.93 48.41 680.45 136.09
5 HM Amla 30 1753 62.61 54.59 668.85 133.77
6 GC Smith 30 1452 53.78 65.58 608.68 121.74
7 D Elgar 30 1470 56.54 52.28 600.02 120.00
8 DJ Cullinan 30 1354 50.15 52.20 542.88 108.58
9 EJ Barlow 30 1290 43.00 43.29 497.78 99.56
10 DJ McGlew 29 1152 44.31 25.82 471.50 94.30

TOP FORM AWAY


Min Innings: 10

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 HM Amla 30 2042 81.68 54.22 878.93 703.14
2 AB de Villiers 30 1732 75.30 52.48 790.13 632.10
3 JH Kallis 30 1811 86.24 45.13 767.12 613.69
4 GC Smith 30 1634 56.34 57.07 720.18 576.15
5 G Kirsten 30 1575 58.33 47.73 685.54 548.43
6 HH Gibbs 30 1586 56.64 46.36 662.66 530.13
7 DJ Cullinan 30 1401 56.04 50.96 661.58 529.27
8 DJ McGlew 30 1229 45.52 NK 588.40 470.72
9 EJ Barlow 22 1082 54.10 48.85 578.05 462.44
10 D Elgar 30 1073 37.00 46.37 515.53 412.42

DIFFICULT RUNS


DIFF RNS RATING

Points to note:-

  • Difficult Runs are runs scored in the first and fourth innings after losing the toss.
  • Only performances against Top Teams are considered in this rating.

Min Innings: 10

RANK BATSMAN INNS RUNS AVE SR RAT WTG
1 JH Kallis 42 1597 43.16 44.51 777.77 388.88
2 AB de Villiers 30 1311 46.82 43.93 765.23 382.62
3 GC Smith 28 1075 43.00 56.25 675.80 337.90
4 EJ Barlow 12 476 43.27 50.30 541.33 270.66
5 HH Gibbs 21 643 32.15 50.51 534.08 267.04
6 D Elgar 26 684 28.50 41.76 521.98 260.99
7 HM Amla 32 913 29.45 40.27 490.20 245.10
8 DJ McGlew 11 333 33.30 NK 434.43 217.22
9 DJ Cullinan 18 369 21.71 46.47 353.58 176.79
10 G Kirsten 26 418 17.42 38.60 341.45 170.73

IMPACT INNINGS


Impact Innings (II)

Impact Innings are those innings which have an impact in terms of runs or Strike Rate. Know All About II. These are the criteria for an inning to be included in II:-

  • A Batsman scores equal to or more runs than 100.
  • A Batsman scores more than 50 runs in a low scoring match or at a high SR.
  • 1st and 2nd; and 3rd and 4th inns are clubbed together.
  • The runs should be 2 times the average of the better innings or
  • The SR should be 1.5 times the SR of the better innings.

Min Innings: 50

RANK BATSMAN INNS II II Perc RAT WTG
1 JH Kallis 280 63 22.50 789.62 789.62
2 GC Smith 205 44 21.46 747.20 747.20
3 HM Amla 215 45 20.93 715.06 715.06
4 AB de Villiers 191 42 21.99 705.79 705.79
5 G Kirsten 176 33 18.75 669.20 669.20
6 EJ Barlow 57 11 19.30 632.34 632.34
7 DJ Cullinan 115 23 20.00 602.44 602.44
8 DJ McGlew 64 12 18.75 568.11 568.11
9 HH Gibbs 154 26 16.88 528.80 528.80
10 D Elgar 152 26 17.11 491.63 491.63

SECONDARY RATING


The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 2,500.00 points. Secondary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria. The Weightage of the Rating is one-fourth of the OVERALL Rating, i.e. 250.00 pts.

RANK BATSMAN TF HM TF AW DIF RNS II TOT SEC RAT
1 JH Kallis 161.71 613.69 388.88 789.62 1,953.90 195.39
2 AB de Villiers 142.64 632.10 382.62 705.79 1,863.15 186.31
3 HM Amla 133.77 703.14 245.10 715.06 1,797.07 179.71
4 GC Smith 121.74 576.15 337.90 747.20 1,782.98 178.30
5 G Kirsten 136.09 548.43 170.73 669.20 1,524.45 152.45
6 HH Gibbs 157.25 530.13 267.04 528.80 1,483.22 148.32
7 EJ Barlow 99.56 462.44 270.66 632.34 1,465.00 146.50
8 DJ Cullinan 108.58 529.27 176.79 602.44 1,417.07 141.71
9 DJ McGlew 94.30 470.72 217.22 568.11 1,350.35 135.03
10 D Elgar 120.00 412.42 260.99 491.63 1,285.04 128.50

OVERALL RATING

The OVERALL Rating is the addition of the points of all the above criteria. The rating is out of 1,000 Pts. Half the points are for Primary Criteria; one-fourth for Conditions; and one-fourth for Secondary Criteria.

RANK OV RANK BATSMAN NAT PRI RAT CON RAT SEC RAT FIN RAT
1 9 JH Kallis SA 385.64 178.49 195.39 759.52
2 21 GC Smith SA 355.07 176.05 178.30 709.41
3 22 AB de Villiers SA 348.27 174.17 186.31 708.76
4 29 HM Amla SA 345.73 166.67 179.71 692.11
5 48 G Kirsten SA 324.40 152.12 152.45 628.96
6 99 EJ Barlow SA 287.59 127.32 146.50 561.41
7 105 HH Gibbs SA 290.83 119.73 148.32 558.88
8 114 DJ Cullinan SA 278.32 124.57 141.71 544.61
9 121 DJ McGlew SA 271.69 130.27 135.03 536.99
10 139 D Elgar SA 277.32 113.34 128.50 519.17

TOP TEAMS

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

Top Teams Outside Asia


DECADE OF MAT 1 2 3 4 5
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 NZ ENG SA IND
FULL RATING WITH ALL NATIONS


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