A gradual but inevitable descent into cricket-based loathing and bile.

Two’s Company

Posted on September 26, 2017 by in Scorer's Notes

Recently, one of our number wrote a piece looking at the shitfest that is Cricinfo’s most recent redesign. For those who find Matt L’s egregious use of punctuation too much to cope with, we can summarise it thus: Cricinfo has gone to shit. In fact, it’s gone even more to shit than that time we proclaimed it to have died back in 2014. In terms of shitting on its legacy, it’s up there with the Simpsons, the last series of Dexter and Jonathan Trott’s spell opening the batting for England in the West Indies.

But despite descending towards the zero degrees Kelvin of website design at a frightening rate, there remains one bit of goodness on Cricinfo: Statsguru, the greatest cricket statistics tool of them all and one thankfully untouched by the site redesigns of the past few years. With a combination of a little skill and a lot of patience, it remains possible to extract huge quantities of data. And so it came to pass that on a particularly slow day, we decided to extract the entire history of Test cricket into a rather nifty little database.

The actual reason we did this seems to have got lost in the gin haze of the day. Perhaps it was because we were bored, or perhaps because we wanted to expand on our concept of contribution once again (although given that there are two years and 50 weeks until the next article in the series is due, that seems unlikely). Or maybe it was because some of us are desperately sad individuals, trying to paper over the huge cracks of our sorry lives with big spreadsheets. Either way, the important thing is that we did it and, given the chance, we’d do it again.

The Legend of Zelda in spreadsheet form: possibly the pinnacle of mankind's evolution.

The Legend of Zelda in spreadsheet form: possibly the pinnacle of mankind’s evolution.

Of course, having built such a wondrous database, the obvious question is around what we planned to do with it. The obvious answer is, of course, some basket analysis, to determine who, in any of the great cricketing pairs, was actually the best.

To take a step back, basket analysis is all about things happening in combination. It’s often used by companies to look at shopping baskets and see which products are purchased together so that they can make appropriate offers for that customer. In its simplest form, it’s suggesting batteries when someone buys a torch.

In cricketing terms, the idea is different but still fairly simple – for every match that a given player plays, we can also look at the records of the players that played alongside them. We can then sum up all the results for specific pairs, giving us the chance to make genuinely even comparisons, given that we’re looking at matches that the two played together, against the same opposition in the same conditions. Hence we can definitively state which of any pair of players is better, and no-one can ever disagree.

This is probably best explained with an example, so we’ll use legendary Pakistani bowling pair Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. Both of them have a fairly decent record with the ball: Waqar played 87 matches and took 373 wickets at 23.56, Wasim 104 matches and 414 wickets at 23.62. But in matches that the two of them played together, 61 of them, Waqar took 277 wickets at 22.93 and Wasim 282 at 21.33. Thus we can say, without any doubt, that Wasim Akram was slightly better than Waqar Younis.

Except when it came to growing your hair to look like Toad from Super Mario 3D World.

Except when it came to growing your hair to look like Toad from Super Mario 3D World.

And so, with the concept explained, we can get to producing tables of results, allowing the reader (singular) to look at the top partnerships in the history of Test cricket. So don’t except to find Ian Salisbury and Chris Lewis in there.

Bowling partnerships

Without any further ado, here’s the table. The best way to use it is actually just to type names at random into the search box. Try typing in SI Mahmood and see what you find!

Player OnePlayer TwoCountryMatches PlayedPlayer One Wickets TakenPlayer One Bowling AveragePlayer Two Wickets TakenPlayer Two Bowling AverageBetter Bowler
GD McGrathSK WarneAustralia10448821.3851324.87SK Warne
JM AndersonSCJ BroadEngland9739925.5634928.90JM Anderson
M MuralitharanWPUJC VaasSri Lanka9558622.0530928.01M Muralitharan
CA WalshCEL AmbroseWest Indies9537324.3038921.11CEL Ambrose
JH KallisSM PollockSouth Africa9317033.4837722.61SM Pollock
JH KallisM NtiniSouth Africa9318832.5735029.31M Ntini
M MuralitharanST JayasuriyaSri Lanka9058420.888334.33M Muralitharan
CA WalshCL HooperWest Indies8331525.709547.52CA Walsh
ST JayasuriyaWPUJC VaasSri Lanka818430.8526529.64WPUJC Vaas
N Kapil DevRJ ShastriIndia7924331.7315140.66N Kapil Dev
CEL AmbroseCL HooperWest Indies7029121.957647.60CEL Ambrose
DW SteynJH KallisSouth Africa6533522.578936.34DW Steyn
M NtiniSM PollockSouth Africa6325527.6723524.70M Ntini
DW SteynM MorkelSouth Africa6130322.2721328.61DW Steyn
Waqar YounisWasim AkramPakistan6127722.9228221.33Wasim Akram
GS SobersLR GibbsWest Indies6018132.6023729.00LR Gibbs
IT BothamRGD WillisEngland6025425.6722224.62IT Botham
Harbhajan SinghZ KhanIndia5926830.3720630.14Harbhajan Singh
CS MartinDL VettoriNew Zealand5818635.6117737.49CS Martin
GD McGrathJN GillespieAustralia5827420.5221026.27GD McGrath
GP SwannJM AndersonEngland5623629.8021928.56GP Swann
A KumbleHarbhajan SinghIndia5428128.3622032.60A Kumble
JN GillespieSK WarneAustralia5317628.5726925.78SK Warne
A KumbleJ SrinathIndia5222527.9418729.30A Kumble
Abdul QadirMudassar NazarPakistan5119032.755033.82Abdul Qadir
KR MillerRR LindwallAustralia5115023.6819522.47RR Lindwall
JH KallisM MorkelSouth Africa516836.2617430.37M Morkel
GP SwannSCJ BroadEngland5022329.3918329.22GP Swann
AW GreigDL UnderwoodEngland4911931.4116128.09DL Underwood
A FlintoffMJ HoggardEngland4916730.0620028.32MJ Hoggard
GS SobersWW HallWest Indies4814431.9419226.38WW Hall
AA DonaldSM PollockSouth Africa4720822.0118921.65AA Donald
B LeeSK WarneAustralia4517530.6124624.88SK Warne
MJ HoggardSJ HarmisonEngland4516630.2717430.93SJ Harmison
B LeeGD McGrathAustralia4517729.6319421.37GD McGrath
L KlusenerSM PollockSouth Africa456739.7019519.68SM Pollock
Abdul QadirImran KhanPakistan4413537.2819719.13Imran Khan
MG JohnsonSR WatsonAustralia4318727.656229.90MG Johnson
BS BediEAS PrasannaIndia4316929.0416231.03BS Bedi
A FlintoffSJ HarmisonEngland4314231.5515032.56SJ Harmison
ER DexterFS TruemanEngland435428.9620222.09FS Trueman
AA DonaldJH KallisSouth Africa4319221.398328.78AA Donald
IT BothamJE EmbureyEngland4316427.3911133.25IT Botham
IWG JohnsonKR MillerAustralia4310629.2813524.04KR Miller
A KumbleZ KhanIndia4320031.0713235.79A Kumble
CA WalshMD MarshallWest Indies4213726.6420119.65MD Marshall
BS BediBS ChandrasekharIndia4218427.2218428.70Equal
BL CairnsSir RJ HadleeNew Zealand4213032.5820722.02Sir RJ Hadlee
JH KallisL KlusenerSouth Africa427830.656041.28JH Kallis
JH KallisN BojeSouth Africa418134.709540.65N Boje
CA WalshIR BishopWest Indies4114825.9414924.87IR Bishop
IWG JohnsonRR LindwallAustralia419530.8413824.57RR Lindwall
TA BoultTG SoutheeNew Zealand4116527.7415629.35TA Boult
MM AliSCJ BroadEngland4112037.0014726.10SCJ Broad
AK DavidsonR BenaudAustralia4117720.5716927.37AK Davidson
A FlintoffAF GilesEngland4013729.3810641.55A Flintoff
J GarnerMA HoldingWest Indies4017020.4216123.60J Garner
Mushtaq AhmedWaqar YounisPakistan4013930.8417723.29Waqar Younis
CL CairnsDL VettoriNew Zealand4014326.6212736.07CL Cairns
PR AdamsSM PollockSouth Africa3910535.0215121.55SM Pollock
EJ ChatfieldSir RJ HadleeNew Zealand3911532.3319521.29Sir RJ Hadlee
AF GilesMJ HoggardEngland399939.5115629.01MJ Hoggard
CEL AmbroseIR BishopWest Indies3915421.6215023.65CEL Ambrose
MG JohnsonPM SiddleAustralia3817526.3412031.59MG Johnson
Mushtaq AhmedWasim AkramPakistan3812832.6018519.75Wasim Akram
KR MillerWA JohnstonAustralia3811622.4014723.36WA Johnston
LR GibbsWW HallWest Indies3716125.9213627.18LR Gibbs
JH KallisPL HarrisSouth Africa376133.2610337.87PL Harris
DL UnderwoodRGD WillisEngland3712031.2412327.03RGD Willis
RR LindwallWA JohnstonAustralia3714922.1614623.68RR Lindwall
IT BothamPH EdmondsEngland3714025.977933.81IT Botham
JG BracewellSir RJ HadleeNew Zealand379534.7720819.94Sir RJ Hadlee
M NtiniN BojeSouth Africa3714227.477947.96M Ntini
NM LyonPM SiddleAustralia3613034.1211929.28NM Lyon
M MorkelVD PhilanderSouth Africa3611429.3613323.28VD Philander
BS BediS VenkataraghavanIndia3613929.239835.68BS Bedi
J GarnerMD MarshallWest Indies3615221.3817022.02MD Marshall
MS KasprowiczSK WarneAustralia3610932.7118627.50SK Warne
BA StokesSCJ BroadEngland368535.7412527.77SCJ Broad
JM AndersonMM AliEngland3615920.1110138.17JM Anderson
Saqlain MushtaqWaqar YounisPakistan3615627.7610929.45Saqlain Mushtaq
Maninder SinghN Kapil DevIndia358837.3610629.78N Kapil Dev
DW SteynVD PhilanderSouth Africa3515821.3113522.09DW Steyn
Imran KhanSarfraz NawazPakistan3515525.1812031.42Imran Khan
Harbhajan SinghI SharmaIndia3513135.4211233.78Harbhajan Singh
N BojeSM PollockSouth Africa359136.5213424.11SM Pollock
FS TruemanJB StathamEngland3514325.7614125.71FS Trueman
CJ McDermottSK WarneAustralia3514129.1116622.48SK Warne
DW SteynM NtiniSouth Africa3417223.9712230.86DW Steyn
JH KallisPR AdamsSouth Africa346733.949236.76PR Adams
JB StathamTE BaileyEngland3411924.896729.74JB Statham
MA StarcNM LyonAustralia3413928.7112236.00MA Starc
N Kapil DevNS YadavIndia3410726.839835.65N Kapil Dev
Imran KhanWasim AkramPakistan3411523.1812425.33Wasim Akram
BA StokesMM AliEngland348032.7210636.49MM Ali
A NelM NtiniSouth Africa3411632.1814628.57M Ntini
R AshwinUT YadavIndia3319526.018936.91R Ashwin
A NelJH KallisSouth Africa3311331.465934.52A Nel
DR DoshiN Kapil DevIndia3311430.7113728.29N Kapil Dev
MA HoldingMD MarshallWest Indies3312925.2716220.77MD Marshall
PR ReiffelSK WarneAustralia339727.4715822.78SK Warne
AW GreigCM OldEngland337729.8310229.72CM Old
HMRKB HerathRAS LakmalSri Lanka3317725.817545.26HMRKB Herath
FMM WorrellS RamadhinWest Indies325136.9211432.38S Ramadhin
DW SteynPL HarrisSouth Africa3217721.988739.64DW Steyn
I SharmaR AshwinIndia326840.9116827.03R Ashwin
DL VettoriJDP OramNew Zealand3210332.876031.43DL Vettori
AA DonaldBM McMillanSouth Africa3215521.916035.01AA Donald
G MillerRGD WillisEngland325930.1610725.89RGD Willis
M PrabhakarN Kapil DevIndia329236.608632.91M Prabhakar
BA StokesJM AndersonEngland327238.3813122.91JM Anderson
AF GilesSJ HarmisonEngland317045.0212528.69SJ Harmison
AA DonaldL KlusenerSouth Africa3114320.375635.26AA Donald
MG JohnsonNM LyonAustralia3113226.6110933.39MG Johnson
JR HazlewoodNM LyonAustralia3111825.7512531.31NM Lyon
I SharmaZ KhanIndia318839.3512330.70Z Khan
JM AndersonMS PanesarEngland3111730.299836.82JM Anderson
AW GreigGG ArnoldEngland318829.5210728.75GG Arnold
JA SnowR IllingworthEngland3112727.217826.34JA Snow
JC LakerTE BaileyEngland3113419.076127.67JC Laker
GP WickramasingheM MuralitharanSri Lanka305644.7814627.82M Muralitharan
GR DilleyJE EmbureyEngland3011328.255049.98GR Dilley
Abdul RazzaqDanish KaneriaPakistan307434.3913232.03Danish Kaneria
AR CaddickD GoughEngland3010629.1412725.79D Gough
AME RobertsMA HoldingWest Indies3011725.2211626.09AME Roberts
B LeeJN GillespieAustralia3010536.9510727.73JN Gillespie
MA NobleWW ArmstrongAustralia307625.855033.32MA Noble
CRD FernandoM MuralitharanSri Lanka307834.8217222.81M Muralitharan
Maninder SinghRJ ShastriIndia307835.235439.53Maninder Singh
R BenaudRR LindwallAustralia3010125.5611025.11RR Lindwall
AL ValentineS RamadhinWest Indies2911330.0411129.35AL Valentine
G MillerIT BothamEngland295227.8613125.45IT Botham
SCJ BroadST FinnEngland2911226.279531.50SCJ Broad
A KumbleBKV PrasadIndia2911335.218534.70A Kumble
Mushtaq MohammadSarfraz NawazPakistan295528.1010631.36Sarfraz Nawaz
A KumbleIK PathanIndia2914930.4810032.26A Kumble
CJ McDermottMG HughesAustralia2913126.6311028.73CJ McDermott
CM OldDL UnderwoodEngland299228.939823.43DL Underwood
CEL AmbroseMD MarshallWest Indies2912822.9113519.52MD Marshall
IWG JohnsonWA JohnstonAustralia297628.1011821.68WA Johnston
Imran KhanIqbal QasimPakistan2912121.839929.03Imran Khan
DL UnderwoodJA SnowEngland2910224.3110029.63DL Underwood
DG PhadkarMH MankadIndia296033.959336.93MH Mankad
BS ChandrasekharEAS PrasannaIndia2811829.088435.64BS Chandrasekhar
DNT ZoysaWPUJC VaasSri Lanka285934.599229.98WPUJC Vaas
KD GhavriN Kapil DevIndia287935.7311425.47N Kapil Dev
Abdul QadirWasim AkramPakistan289031.359826.15Wasim Akram
N WagnerTA BoultNew Zealand2811628.0811725.85TA Boult
CC GriffithGS SobersWest Indies289428.549632.91GS Sobers
DL UnderwoodGG ArnoldEngland2710123.209526.00DL Underwood
AN ConnollyGD McKenzieAustralia279529.009932.54GD McKenzie
GD McGrathSCG MacGillAustralia2712121.9314223.79SCG MacGill
CC GriffithLR GibbsWest Indies279327.7511828.60LR Gibbs
FS TruemanGAR LockEngland2711919.2510718.58FS Trueman
AA DonaldPR AdamsSouth Africa2712919.968031.53AA Donald
Shahadat HossainShakib Al HasanBangladesh275150.1310829.98Shakib Al Hasan
JM AndersonST FinnEngland2712721.0310428.41JM Anderson
HDPK DharmasenaM MuralitharanSri Lanka275544.1016621.16M Muralitharan
CEH CroftJ GarnerWest Indies2612023.7411221.24CEH Croft
GR DilleyIT BothamEngland267930.947632.51GR Dilley
DNT ZoysaM MuralitharanSri Lanka265432.0016921.14M Muralitharan
M NtiniPL HarrisSouth Africa268833.407933.35M Ntini
BS ChandrasekharS VenkataraghavanIndia2612230.096539.29BS Chandrasekhar
M MorkelPL HarrisSouth Africa269132.166446.54M Morkel
CA WalshKCG BenjaminWest Indies2611825.509230.27CA Walsh
R AshwinRA JadejaIndia2615922.7913820.74R Ashwin
DK LilleeJR ThomsonAustralia2611926.269828.34DK Lillee
Sir RJ HadleeSL BoockNew Zealand2613320.395637.14Sir RJ Hadlee
Saqlain MushtaqWasim AkramPakistan2611127.459122.64Saqlain Mushtaq
Danish KaneriaUmar GulPakistan2510237.728934.97Danish Kaneria
Danish KaneriaShoaib AkhtarPakistan259337.1111121.23Shoaib Akhtar
Danish KaneriaMohammad SamiPakistan2510237.965756.59Danish Kaneria
CRD FernandoWPUJC VaasSri Lanka256934.566734.20CRD Fernando
B LeeSCG MacGillAustralia2510830.4511929.68SCG MacGill
N WagnerTG SoutheeNew Zealand2510826.8711225.82TG Southee
CS MartinJEC FranklinNew Zealand257735.287134.98CS Martin
A FlintoffJM AndersonEngland256438.296541.96JM Anderson
GD McKenzieNJN HawkeAustralia2511627.648928.58GD McKenzie
DL UnderwoodR IllingworthEngland2410921.015332.33DL Underwood
JH WardleTE BaileyEngland248920.466122.75JH Wardle
AW GreigRGD WillisEngland245039.809125.80RGD Willis
GAR LockJC LakerEngland249220.4011415.87JC Laker
AME RobertsJ GarnerWest Indies249227.6710421.93J Garner
BP PattersonCA WalshWest Indies247633.859225.06CA Walsh
HMRKB HerathN PradeepSri Lanka249035.146441.73HMRKB Herath
GD McGrathMS KasprowiczAustralia2413117.867330.42GD McGrath
HJ TayfieldNAT AdcockSouth Africa2410524.529521.54HJ Tayfield
CC GriffithWW HallWest Indies238526.717232.88CC Griffith
M MuralitharanSL MalingaSri Lanka2317916.787233.54M Muralitharan
JN GillespieSCG MacGillAustralia238923.2010931.11SCG MacGill
CM OldRGD WillisEngland236827.369921.11RGD Willis
Abdul QadirIqbal QasimPakistan239825.798624.97Abdul Qadir
MS PanesarSCJ BroadEngland237335.766437.07MS Panesar
MC SneddenSir RJ HadleeNew Zealand235338.1111220.89Sir RJ Hadlee
JB StathamJH WardleEngland228521.979018.07JH Wardle
DL VettoriIE O'BrienNew Zealand228031.857333.27DL Vettori
CEL AmbroseKCG BenjaminWest Indies2210518.746532.63CEL Ambrose
DL VettoriJEC FranklinNew Zealand228826.135835.87DL Vettori
AV BedserDVP WrightEngland229627.707238.18AV Bedser
GD McGrathPR ReiffelAustralia2210521.697124.30GD McGrath
AA MallettDK LilleeAustralia226634.0611622.92DK Lillee
JR HazlewoodMA StarcAustralia229722.5810524.94MA Starc
B LeeSR ClarkAustralia2211325.489022.96B Lee
DAJ BracewellTA BoultNew Zealand225838.106833.70TA Boult
MH MankadSP GupteIndia227035.559926.81SP Gupte
H TrumbleMA NobleAustralia2211119.729319.86H Trumble
C SharmaN Kapil DevIndia225737.286232.80N Kapil Dev
NS YadavRJ ShastriIndia226237.015141.33NS Yadav
BP PattersonMD MarshallWest Indies217029.789620.65MD Marshall
BW HilfenhausPM SiddleAustralia218028.219225.33PM Siddle
Harbhajan SinghJ SrinathIndia218427.587328.84Harbhajan Singh
D GoughDG CorkEngland218626.297226.66D Gough
BKV PrasadJ SrinathIndia216831.7310029.59J Srinath
M HendrickRGD WillisEngland216223.588822.47RGD Willis
CA WalshWKM BenjaminWest Indies217126.286127.01CA Walsh
PM PollockTL GoddardSouth Africa217627.535925.37PM Pollock
AA MaileyJM GregoryAustralia219933.917331.83AA Mailey
KD BoyceLR GibbsWest Indies216030.017032.11LR Gibbs
GD McKenzieJW GleesonAustralia217335.957336.46Equal
GP SwannTT BresnanEngland218531.876931.11GP Swann
HH StreakPA StrangZimbabwe218126.026035.95HH Streak
AN ConnollyJW GleesonAustralia218528.057834.29AN Connolly
Fazal MahmoodMahmood HussainPakistan219023.185835.27Fazal Mahmood
GF LawsonTM AldermanAustralia207831.108827.18TM Alderman
GA FaulknerRO SchwarzSouth Africa206028.305525.76GA Faulkner
FJ TitmusFS TruemanEngland206125.859921.77FS Trueman
CEL AmbroseWKM BenjaminWest Indies207122.905926.35CEL Ambrose
B YardleyJR ThomsonAustralia208130.396729.00B Yardley
SL MalingaWPUJC VaasSri Lanka206831.256825.02Equal
CL CairnsSB DoullNew Zealand205633.917324.64SB Doull
DR HadleeHJ HowarthNew Zealand205535.436133.57HJ Howarth
JN GillespieMS KasprowiczAustralia206728.896529.44JN Gillespie
HJ TayfieldTL GoddardSouth Africa209224.966427.01HJ Tayfield
A MishraI SharmaIndia207035.655535.69A Mishra
A NelSM PollockSouth Africa207531.176830.63A Nel
DK LilleeMHN WalkerAustralia2010323.668229.08DK Lillee
HMRKB HerathKTGD PrasadSri Lanka209330.016532.56HMRKB Herath
GAR LockJB StathamEngland205438.057025.25JB Statham
Harbhajan SinghIK PathanIndia207436.746830.92Harbhajan Singh
PH EdmondsRGD WillisEngland205128.359118.76RGD Willis
A KumbleSLV RajuIndia2010223.947229.90A Kumble
NM LyonRJ HarrisAustralia207532.368423.80RJ Harris
JM AndersonTT BresnanEngland207730.376232.58JM Anderson
LR GibbsVA HolderWest Indies195635.446132.47VA Holder
FH EdwardsJE TaylorWest Indies195935.935133.78FH Edwards
M MorkelM NtiniSouth Africa196134.496730.04M Ntini
GP SwannST FinnEngland198925.657826.67GP Swann
Imran KhanTauseef AhmedPakistan196421.456131.13Imran Khan
FS TruemanJC LakerEngland198419.697919.54FS Trueman
Imran TahirM MorkelSouth Africa195143.586826.50M Morkel
NAT AdcockTL GoddardSouth Africa197122.005828.77NAT Adcock
MS PanesarSJ HarmisonEngland196833.516434.64MS Panesar
JE TaylorSJ BennWest Indies195235.736241.19SJ Benn
DL VettoriPJ WisemanNew Zealand198528.225441.92DL Vettori
CL CairnsDJ NashNew Zealand198323.695924.00CL Cairns
Shoaib AkhtarWaqar YounisPakistan196825.136925.46Waqar Younis
IT BothamM HendrickEngland199222.555723.59IT Botham
Intikhab AlamPervez SajjadPakistan196130.955923.89Intikhab Alam
Saeed AjmalUmar GulPakistan1911024.295337.49Saeed Ajmal
MS PanesarRJ SidebottomEngland196035.017625.30RJ Sidebottom
Iqbal QasimSarfraz NawazPakistan195131.905628.39Sarfraz Nawaz
PM SiddleRJ HarrisAustralia195532.007724.62RJ Harris
JB StathamJC LakerEngland195925.918420.53JC Laker
AME RobertsCEH CroftWest Indies185933.378823.11CEH Croft
N Kapil DevSLV RajuIndia185425.946129.67SLV Raju
MJ HoggardSP JonesEngland186529.015928.23MJ Hoggard
Mohammed ShamiR AshwinIndia186724.899826.35R Ashwin
CM OldGG ArnoldEngland185332.245729.54GG Arnold
HMRKB HerathMDK PereraSri Lanka1812821.607632.82HMRKB Herath
HMRKB HerathRMS ErangaSri Lanka189130.455537.01HMRKB Herath
HMRKB HerathUWMBCA WelegedaraSri Lanka188429.335040.02HMRKB Herath
DL VettoriSE BondNew Zealand186224.748722.09SE Bond
DL VettoriSB DoullNew Zealand185832.055328.41DL Vettori
Danish KaneriaMohammad AsifPakistan187734.648922.88Mohammad Asif
DAJ BracewellTG SoutheeNew Zealand185135.946032.43TG Southee
CR MillerGD McGrathAustralia186926.156624.87CR Miller
BS BediKD GhavriIndia187626.615628.08BS Bedi
JR ThomsonMHN WalkerAustralia189023.885934.72JR Thomson
Junaid KhanSaeed AjmalPakistan186528.839230.07Saeed Ajmal
CD CollymoreFH EdwardsWest Indies185133.355637.46FH Edwards
GOB AllenH VerityEngland186927.055028.30GOB Allen
Ghulam AhmedMH MankadIndia185729.298524.20MH Mankad
CS MartinIE O'BrienNew Zealand185835.775737.24CS Martin
BL CairnsEJ ChatfieldNew Zealand175729.826026.78EJ Chatfield
MG HughesSK WarneAustralia177427.057326.27MG Hughes
BW HilfenhausMG JohnsonAustralia175534.656633.22MG Johnson
BP PattersonCEL AmbroseWest Indies175334.078222.08CEL Ambrose
SK WarneTBA MayAustralia1710520.115034.22SK Warne
MG HughesTM AldermanAustralia176626.748422.08TM Alderman
JK LeverRGD WillisEngland175625.716622.18RGD Willis
ARC FraserDE MalcolmEngland177128.095938.67ARC Fraser
B LeeMG JohnsonAustralia177928.537428.58B Lee
SCJ BroadTT BresnanEngland177426.445233.11SCJ Broad
CV GrimmettTW WallAustralia178328.905435.68CV Grimmett
Harbhajan SinghS SreesanthIndia178031.865337.81Harbhajan Singh
MG JohnsonRJ HarrisAustralia179620.717322.06MG Johnson
MJ HoggardMS PanesarEngland175432.446231.50MS Panesar
A FlintoffSP JonesEngland176824.805828.17A Flintoff
Abdur RehmanSaeed AjmalPakistan177228.2910523.40Saeed Ajmal
Saqlain MushtaqShoaib AkhtarPakistan167125.605725.08Saqlain Mushtaq
SJ HarmisonSP JonesEngland166828.335427.87SJ Harmison
SCG MacGillSK WarneAustralia168222.107429.56SCG MacGill
Mushtaq AhmedSaqlain MushtaqPakistan166334.507427.21Saqlain Mushtaq
CEL AmbroseFA RoseWest Indies165021.345026.90Equal
DW FlemingGD McGrathAustralia165825.987520.78GD McGrath
MG JohnsonNM HauritzAustralia167030.175836.22MG Johnson
E JonesH TrumbleAustralia165927.946025.80H Trumble
CEH CroftMA HoldingWest Indies166626.747820.17MA Holding
DE MalcolmPAJ DeFreitasEngland165238.116029.33PAJ DeFreitas
MD CraigTA BoultNew Zealand155046.525931.28TA Boult
DK LilleeTM AldermanAustralia158123.036427.12DK Lillee
M HaywardSM PollockSouth Africa155029.886121.01SM Pollock
CV GrimmettWJ O'ReillyAustralia158820.858121.46CV Grimmett
Wahab RiazYasir ShahPakistan155033.628531.61Yasir Shah
AEE VoglerGA FaulknerSouth Africa156422.735923.37AEE Vogler
ARC FraserD GoughEngland155527.475531.47Equal
E JonesMA NobleAustralia145326.225022.64E Jones
JL PattinsonNM LyonAustralia146123.675529.03JL Pattinson
Iqbal QasimTauseef AhmedPakistan147221.735125.96Iqbal Qasim
KAJ RoachSJ BennWest Indies145127.155135.07Equal
CJ McDermottGD McGrathAustralia145528.965927.96GD McGrath
S SreesanthZ KhanIndia145433.116526.13Z Khan
AA DonaldPS de VilliersSouth Africa146725.346325.17AA Donald
CA WalshM DillonWest Indies145823.825130.21CA Walsh
BA ReidCJ McDermottAustralia145724.455232.05BA Reid
DL UnderwoodJK LeverEngland135223.755023.76DL Underwood
RO CollingeSir RJ HadleeNew Zealand135227.826127.93Sir RJ Hadlee
PP OjhaR AshwinIndia137124.267725.84R Ashwin
HJ TayfieldPS HeineSouth Africa137322.695623.78HJ Tayfield
B YardleyDK LilleeAustralia137324.045923.91B Yardley
H VerityK FarnesEngland135126.495429.33K Farnes
GA LohmannJ BriggsEngland126512.505111.58GA Lohmann
CV GrimmettH IronmongerAustralia125626.166716.65H Ironmonger
DK LilleeLS PascoeAustralia116418.875125.58DK Lillee

Now there are a number of things that we can take from this. For instance, Curtley Ambrose was better than Courtney Walsh, Harmison was better than Hoggard and Dilley was better than Botham who was better than Willis. Plus Stuart McGill actually outbowled Shane Warne when they played together. Like we said, there are lots of details in there to be played with. So we’ll take the option beloved of lazy websites across the world and throw it open to the reader – what interesting tidbit can you find in this table? Feel free to use the comments section below. You could email us, but there’s a pretty good chance it’ll get deleted, seeing as all we ever seem to get are messages about buying solar panels, or people in search of a fuckbuddy.

Batting partnerships

Batting is slightly more complicated – there are a number of examples of bowlers scoring a decent number of runs just by playing with the same player a lot – think Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson. Hence we’ve filtered this table on the top 500 run-scoring combinations. (That’s not together at the crease, just in the same matches – even we have a limit on how much time we can be bothered to waste).

Player OnePlayer TwoCountryMatches PlayedPlayer One Runs ScoredPlayer One Batting AveragePlayer Two Runs ScoredPlayer Two Batting AverageBetter Batsman
R DravidSR TendulkarIndia1461189452.621258656.18SR Tendulkar
DPMD JayawardeneKC SangakkaraSri Lanka1261037251.601154757.73KC Sangakkara
R DravidVVS LaxmanIndia1321060751.49852945.12R Dravid
SR TendulkarVVS LaxmanIndia120985152.39798846.98SR Tendulkar
GC SmithJH KallisSouth Africa105837848.70924259.62JH Kallis
R DravidSC GangulyIndia113914253.15721242.17R Dravid
JH KallisMV BoucherSouth Africa1361125258.60497029.40JH Kallis
ML HaydenRT PontingAustralia90791054.17812960.66RT Ponting
AN CookIR BellEngland106856646.80692042.71AN Cook
SC GangulySR TendulkarIndia103635340.72904357.23SR Tendulkar
R DravidV SehwagIndia92746652.95778550.55V Sehwag
AN CookKP PietersenEngland95769448.08746147.82AN Cook
SR TendulkarV SehwagIndia93712550.89778549.90V Sehwag
ME WaughSR WaughAustralia108669841.09762854.87SR Waugh
AB de VilliersHM AmlaSouth Africa89663751.05731952.27HM Amla
JL LangerRT PontingAustralia83648449.12746063.76RT Ponting
CG GreenidgeIVA RichardsWest Indies99701346.44679849.62CG Greenidge
AB de VilliersGC SmithSouth Africa88677251.69674846.53AB de Villiers
V SehwagVVS LaxmanIndia89771051.40577046.91V Sehwag
DB VengsarkarSM GavaskarIndia94587244.48750152.82SM Gavaskar
AB de VilliersJH KallisSouth Africa83624751.62699855.98JH Kallis
AC GilchristRT PontingAustralia88512049.23811563.89RT Ponting
CH GayleS ChanderpaulWest Indies91649243.57658753.55S Chanderpaul
IR BellKP PietersenEngland88605845.20698546.56KP Pietersen
GS SobersRB KanhaiWest Indies73720765.51582547.35GS Sobers
AC GilchristML HaydenAustralia87494647.10798156.20ML Hayden
AR BorderDC BoonAustralia89633551.08656446.22DC Boon
AJ StewartMA AthertonEngland99619237.98650837.18MA Atherton
KC SangakkaraTM DilshanSri Lanka81745056.43518841.50KC Sangakkara
HH GibbsJH KallisSouth Africa79555043.35707663.74JH Kallis
GR ViswanathSM GavaskarIndia84534140.15725352.94SM Gavaskar
BC LaraS ChanderpaulWest Indies84694747.91563443.67BC Lara
JL LangerML HaydenAustralia75564046.61682255.91ML Hayden
MJ ClarkeRT PontingAustralia81623951.56620747.38MJ Clarke
DPMD JayawardeneTM DilshanSri Lanka85706851.21525540.42DPMD Jayawardene
MA TaylorSR WaughAustralia85614843.60613157.83MA Taylor
A KumbleSR TendulkarIndia122229117.89992456.38SR Tendulkar
AJ StraussKP PietersenEngland82545938.71666550.11KP Pietersen
DL HaynesIVA RichardsWest Indies94605642.95605548.05DL Haynes
CG GreenidgeDL HaynesWest Indies90600344.13609043.81DL Haynes
KC SangakkaraTT SamaraweeraSri Lanka78652852.22535950.08KC Sangakkara
DPMD JayawardeneTT SamaraweeraSri Lanka80639049.92540448.68DPMD Jayawardene
MEK HusseyRT PontingAustralia74581650.13596948.13RT Ponting
HM AmlaJH KallisSouth Africa68573153.06590556.77JH Kallis
GC SmithHM AmlaSouth Africa73545745.09609952.57HM Amla
AN CookSCJ BroadEngland109873647.22282021.04AN Cook
IA HealyMA TaylorAustralia103400430.33749343.56MA Taylor
MA TaylorME WaughAustralia84570041.00574044.49ME Waugh
Inzamam-ul-HaqMohammad YousufPakistan68532252.17609858.07Mohammad Yousuf
MEK HusseyMJ ClarkeAustralia71547949.80594156.04MJ Clarke
AC GilchristJL LangerAustralia81483448.34639148.78JL Langer
GC SmithMV BoucherSouth Africa92770652.06345230.82GC Smith
AJ StraussAN CookEngland78514538.97593546.36AN Cook
Misbah-ul-HaqYounis KhanPakistan67484748.47604255.94Younis Khan
IA HealySR WaughAustralia101371327.30714954.99SR Waugh
DI GowerIT BothamEngland87606143.29475535.48DI Gower
MS AtapattuST JayasuriyaSri Lanka80515141.54565143.13ST Jayasuriya
DPMD JayawardeneST JayasuriyaSri Lanka77559947.44519541.56DPMD Jayawardene
A KumbleR DravidIndia107217918.15857052.57R Dravid
G KirstenJH KallisSouth Africa73532447.11541253.58JH Kallis
JH KallisSM PollockSouth Africa93748655.45318130.88JH Kallis
DL HaynesRB RichardsonWest Indies75523345.11542245.94RB Richardson
DI GowerGA GoochEngland71528446.76536743.63GA Gooch
SC GangulyVVS LaxmanIndia87502738.08554645.83VVS Laxman
DC BoonSR WaughAustralia79563744.73492950.81DC Boon
DB VengsarkarN Kapil DevIndia104634844.39418630.55DB Vengsarkar
N Kapil DevSM GavaskarIndia87360231.87688352.54SM Gavaskar
DC BoonMA TaylorAustralia71506447.32540145.00MA Taylor
CH LloydIVA RichardsWest Indies70504753.69533252.79IVA Richards
ME WaughMJ SlaterAustralia74506546.46531242.83MJ Slater
GS ChappellRW MarshAustralia86704453.77332228.15GS Chappell
AN CookMJ PriorEngland79616345.99409940.18AN Cook
DPMD JayawardeneMS AtapattuSri Lanka76547347.59469940.50DPMD Jayawardene
DCS ComptonL HuttonEngland62436148.45579961.04L Hutton
RT PontingSR WaughAustralia70537756.01471953.62RT Ponting
MJ SlaterSR WaughAustralia67464041.06536766.25SR Waugh
CH GayleRR SarwanWest Indies70503742.32496342.78CH Gayle
A RanatungaPA de SilvaSri Lanka81441436.47550443.33PA de Silva
AN CookJM AndersonEngland116888645.1010319.91AN Cook
BB McCullumLRPL TaylorNew Zealand69467739.30523245.49LRPL Taylor
Javed MiandadMudassar NazarPakistan75574259.81409838.66Javed Miandad
AN CookJE RootEngland60451242.16532353.76JE Root
SM GavaskarSMH KirmaniIndia88699751.07275927.04SM Gavaskar
RR SarwanS ChanderpaulWest Indies68466440.91509150.91S Chanderpaul
IA HealyME WaughAustralia93363629.56609042.00ME Waugh
Harbhajan SinghR DravidIndia95206918.14755551.74R Dravid
AJ StraussIR BellEngland74467336.50490945.45IR Bell
DA WarnerSPD SmithAustralia49452349.70503865.42SPD Smith
JL LangerSR WaughAustralia69491445.08464152.14JL Langer
DPMD JayawardeneWPUJC VaasSri Lanka87699552.59253526.96DPMD Jayawardene
M AzharuddinSR TendulkarIndia69430344.36521853.79SR Tendulkar
AJ StewartN HussainEngland79498139.84453135.96AJ Stewart
NJ AstleSP FlemingNew Zealand78446636.30491238.98SP Fleming
M AmarnathSM GavaskarIndia64426644.90508450.84SM Gavaskar
RT PontingSK WarneAustralia85724258.87208520.24RT Ponting
BC LaraCL HooperWest Indies64520247.72407040.70BC Lara
GP ThorpeMA AthertonEngland67445741.65478440.20MA Atherton
MS DhoniSR TendulkarIndia70389241.84534250.39SR Tendulkar
BC LaraRR SarwanWest Indies56550954.54369537.70BC Lara
KP PietersenPD CollingwoodEngland63507348.77412843.00KP Pietersen
Harbhajan SinghSR TendulkarIndia86184918.12731856.72SR Tendulkar
HH GibbsMV BoucherSouth Africa82586944.80318031.48HH Gibbs
Imran KhanJaved MiandadPakistan78336939.63566953.48Javed Miandad
DPMD JayawardeneM MuralitharanSri Lanka96809156.1890811.79DPMD Jayawardene
DR MartynML HaydenAustralia58394148.65502251.77ML Hayden
Mohammad YousufYounis KhanPakistan52455954.27436450.74Mohammad Yousuf
AN CookPD CollingwoodEngland62499348.47390141.94AN Cook
G KirstenHH GibbsSouth Africa54433851.64454151.02HH Gibbs
AD MathewsKC SangakkaraSri Lanka49353452.74527963.60KC Sangakkara
AR BorderKJ HughesAustralia64461948.62416638.93AR Border
RT PontingSM KatichAustralia52488454.87389645.30RT Ponting
TM DilshanTT SamaraweeraSri Lanka63433643.79441748.01TT Samaraweera
KC SangakkaraST JayasuriyaSri Lanka58506556.27367338.66KC Sangakkara
CG GreenidgeCH LloydWest Indies59446050.11427453.42CG Greenidge
BC LaraCH GayleWest Indies52515457.26353738.44BC Lara
DR MartynRT PontingAustralia53340547.29526265.77RT Ponting
SK WarneSR WaughAustralia96203816.98659252.31SR Waugh
JH KallisM NtiniSouth Africa93793658.356379.50JH Kallis
Azhar AliYounis KhanPakistan51421946.87434352.96Younis Khan
AJ StewartGP ThorpeEngland67431039.90424640.43AJ Stewart
AG PrinceJH KallisSouth Africa62334341.78520059.09JH Kallis
IM ChappellIR RedpathAustralia56424844.25428144.59IR Redpath
KS WilliamsonLRPL TaylorNew Zealand54469854.00381647.11KS Williamson
ME WaughSK WarneAustralia103639140.96211616.40ME Waugh
DL HaynesPJL DujonWest Indies80523241.85325531.60DL Haynes
KP PietersenMJ PriorEngland68498645.74347240.37KP Pietersen
DR MartynJL LangerAustralia57387947.88453748.26JL Langer
ME TrescothickMP VaughanEngland56441946.51397342.72ME Trescothick
Azhar AliMisbah-ul-HaqPakistan52461150.67373849.84Azhar Ali
Javed MiandadSaleem MalikPakistan67493657.39339344.64Javed Miandad
DC BoonIA HealyAustralia78552145.25280327.21DC Boon
KF BarringtonMC CowdreyEngland55410753.33414550.54MC Cowdrey
DJ CullinanG KirstenSouth Africa63416844.81408340.42DJ Cullinan
JG WrightMD CroweNew Zealand58404640.46420446.71MD Crowe
MS DhoniR DravidIndia64328336.47491048.61R Dravid
ER DexterKF BarringtonEngland52373146.63445760.22KF Barrington
AN CookIJL TrottEngland52432949.19383544.08AN Cook
AR BorderSR WaughAustralia65465052.24349543.68AR Border
MS DhoniV SehwagIndia60344441.49470146.08V Sehwag
AG PrinceGC SmithSouth Africa61317140.13495149.51GC Smith
CG GreenidgePJL DujonWest Indies73504145.41307033.36CG Greenidge
B LeeRT PontingAustralia72140420.95670463.24RT Ponting
AJ LambDI GowerEngland61356636.02447845.69DI Gower
IVA RichardsRB RichardsonWest Indies57367946.56435249.45RB Richardson
AB de VilliersMV BoucherSouth Africa70530350.99271630.17AB de Villiers
Javed MiandadZaheer AbbasPakistan55429360.46368749.82Javed Miandad
A FlowerGW FlowerZimbabwe61464451.03333631.17A Flower
BJ HaddinMJ ClarkeAustralia62311733.51485549.04MJ Clarke
IR BellMJ PriorEngland67461146.57335437.68IR Bell
G GambhirV SehwagIndia51397146.71399346.43V Sehwag
AJ StraussPD CollingwoodEngland60427341.89368140.45AJ Strauss
CC HunteGS SobersWest Indies44324545.06469673.37GS Sobers
MA ButcherN HussainEngland61380435.88413541.35N Hussain
Asad ShafiqYounis KhanPakistan53331140.87457152.54Younis Khan
HH GibbsSM PollockSouth Africa72538046.37246433.75HH Gibbs
AC GilchristDR MartynAustralia60374749.30408948.67DR Martyn
PA de SilvaST JayasuriyaSri Lanka55430351.84352241.43PA de Silva
G KirstenSM PollockSouth Africa76524145.18258032.65G Kirsten
IVA RichardsPJL DujonWest Indies76453743.20326234.33IVA Richards
HAPW JayawardeneKC SangakkaraSri Lanka55208630.23569669.46KC Sangakkara
DB VengsarkarRJ ShastriIndia68434947.79340337.81DB Vengsarkar
G GambhirSR TendulkarIndia51386944.47387649.06SR Tendulkar
AR BorderMA TaylorAustralia54345649.37427546.97MA Taylor
GC SmithHH GibbsSouth Africa51408448.04362444.19GC Smith
CA PujaraV KohliIndia47394355.53375953.70CA Pujara
AB de VilliersAG PrinceSouth Africa59421947.94348045.19AB de Villiers
Inzamam-ul-HaqYounis KhanPakistan46391055.85375349.38Inzamam-ul-Haq
KC SangakkaraWPUJC VaasSri Lanka70544050.37221428.02KC Sangakkara
CG GreenidgeRB RichardsonWest Indies56354339.80410947.77RB Richardson
ML HaydenSK WarneAustralia69593251.58168518.72ML Hayden
DW SteynHM AmlaSouth Africa81111714.13648152.69HM Amla
A KumbleSC GangulyIndia92179217.23579441.98SC Ganguly
JH KallisND McKenzieSouth Africa56432952.15324637.74JH Kallis
Asad ShafiqAzhar AliPakistan52311438.92446149.02Azhar Ali
IM ChappellKD WaltersAustralia54377241.45379146.80KD Walters
ST JayasuriyaWPUJC VaasSri Lanka81541840.73212323.32ST Jayasuriya
KC SangakkaraMS AtapattuSri Lanka54407148.46346041.68KC Sangakkara
DL VettoriSP FlemingNew Zealand76260628.02491839.98SP Fleming
BB McCullumKS WilliamsonNew Zealand48346941.79403749.23KS Williamson
SR TendulkarZ KhanIndia81643252.29106011.52SR Tendulkar
Harbhajan SinghVVS LaxmanIndia85193619.16555446.67VVS Laxman
AR BorderDM JonesAustralia52381456.92363146.55AR Border
AB de VilliersDW SteynSouth Africa80630255.76114114.26AB de Villiers
ML HaydenSR WaughAustralia48436659.80305551.77ML Hayden
GD McGrathRT PontingAustralia854538.88695459.43RT Ponting
MJ ClarkeSR WatsonAustralia55388942.73351835.89MJ Clarke
JL LangerSK WarneAustralia77542144.43198419.84JL Langer
Asad ShafiqMisbah-ul-HaqPakistan54332840.09405750.71Misbah-ul-Haq
GP ThorpeN HussainEngland59378944.05359537.84GP Thorpe
DC BoonME WaughAustralia54375246.32362744.23DC Boon
HM AmlaM MorkelSouth Africa77648054.4589512.43HM Amla
D RamdinS ChanderpaulWest Indies64250826.40486655.93S Chanderpaul
CH LloydRC FredericksWest Indies53366441.63371040.76RC Fredericks
DB VengsarkarM AmarnathIndia58349144.18388146.20M Amarnath
G GambhirR DravidIndia45362547.07373452.59R Dravid
CL WalcottED WeekesWest Indies41347755.19387759.64ED Weekes
DI GowerMW GattingEngland53406747.84328741.08DI Gower
ME WaughRT PontingAustralia59347341.34384747.49RT Ponting
BC LaraRD JacobsWest Indies52507555.16224429.52BC Lara
Harbhajan SinghV SehwagIndia69167820.46563451.21V Sehwag
G KirstenMV BoucherSouth Africa67500248.56228128.16G Kirsten
MS DhoniVVS LaxmanIndia60317036.86409548.17VVS Laxman
A FlowerADR CampbellZimbabwe58457253.16265626.29A Flower
N Kapil DevRJ ShastriIndia79347833.12371235.01RJ Shastri
BB McCullumDL VettoriNew Zealand62391539.54327436.78BB McCullum
Mohammad HafeezYounis KhanPakistan46323139.88395754.20Younis Khan
B LeeML HaydenAustralia68129820.28587854.42ML Hayden
GA HickMA AthertonEngland56294732.03422143.07MA Atherton
KC SangakkaraM MuralitharanSri Lanka77648855.4567510.71KC Sangakkara
G KirstenWJ CronjeSouth Africa59399842.08314135.29G Kirsten
R DravidZ KhanIndia81603848.30107912.26R Dravid
GD McGrathSR WaughAustralia894046.41669959.28SR Waugh
BF ButcherGS SobersWest Indies44310443.11397459.31GS Sobers
Inzamam-ul-HaqSaeed AnwarPakistan49360550.77344642.54Inzamam-ul-Haq
DPMD JayawardeneHAPW JayawardeneSri Lanka55496657.74207530.97DPMD Jayawardene
MJ ClarkeSM KatichAustralia46340847.33362946.52SM Katich
GS ChappellIM ChappellAustralia43352557.78350947.41GS Chappell
AI KallicharranCH LloydWest Indies53343242.90358844.85CH Lloyd
DC BoonDM JonesAustralia48366346.96335245.91DC Boon
BC LaraJC AdamsWest Indies49429952.42269739.66BC Lara
MS AtapattuWPUJC VaasSri Lanka76512443.79187222.28MS Atapattu
Shakib Al HasanTamim IqbalBangladesh47348942.54347539.04Shakib Al Hasan
CC HunteRB KanhaiWest Indies44324545.06371550.20RB Kanhai
Mushfiqur RahimTamim IqbalBangladesh50309235.95383440.35Tamim Iqbal
GC SmithM NtiniSouth Africa76635450.8354810.33GC Smith
BC LaraCA WalshWest Indies78643248.364656.03BC Lara
DA WarnerMJ ClarkeAustralia39346149.44341956.04DA Warner
A KumbleVVS LaxmanIndia84168717.75519244.75VVS Laxman
SC GangulyV SehwagIndia49261736.85426053.25V Sehwag
GA GoochRA SmithEngland42401053.46286444.75GA Gooch
HP TillakaratnePA de SilvaSri Lanka57299938.44386542.94PA de Silva
J SrinathSR TendulkarIndia66100914.21581258.12SR Tendulkar
DB VengsarkarGR ViswanathIndia58320538.15361442.02GR Viswanath
IR BellSCJ BroadEngland74475341.33205321.84IR Bell
MA TaylorMJ SlaterAustralia44333646.33344845.97MJ Slater
RB SimpsonWM LawryAustralia41355051.44323346.85RB Simpson
BJ WatlingKS WilliamsonNew Zealand46244040.00433560.20KS Williamson
GP ThorpeME TrescothickEngland42314055.08363349.76ME Trescothick
IJL TrottIR BellEngland47343142.88334249.88IJL Trott
HP TillakaratneST JayasuriyaSri Lanka59311843.30364840.98ST Jayasuriya
PJL DujonRB RichardsonWest Indies61222627.82453647.74RB Richardson
GD McGrathJL LangerAustralia834648.00627847.56JL Langer
MA AthertonN HussainEngland57351135.46322535.43MA Atherton
DG BradmanSJ McCabeAustralia334625102.77210941.35DG Bradman
DL HaynesMD MarshallWest Indies77492142.05175919.11DL Haynes
IR BellPD CollingwoodEngland51342942.86322640.32IR Bell
AJ StewartGA HickEngland57370840.30292830.18AJ Stewart
MG JohnsonMJ ClarkeAustralia67187222.28474944.38MJ Clarke
GS ChappellKD WaltersAustralia48360846.85298842.08GS Chappell
Asif IqbalMajid KhanPakistan50323241.97336339.56Majid Khan
AG PrinceHM AmlaSouth Africa47273145.51383751.16HM Amla
G GambhirVVS LaxmanIndia46363145.96292846.47G Gambhir
DJ CullinanWJ CronjeSouth Africa55355743.91300137.51DJ Cullinan
AC ParoreSP FlemingNew Zealand67264928.48387935.58SP Fleming
JE RootMM AliEngland44422659.52228834.66JE Root
DC BoonGR MarshAustralia49369547.37281633.52DC Boon
IR RedpathKD WaltersAustralia41311645.15339452.21KD Walters
DB VengsarkarSMH KirmaniIndia75419938.52230127.07DB Vengsarkar
AN CookGP SwannEngland60511751.17137022.09AN Cook
MV BoucherSM PollockSouth Africa88337830.99309533.64MV Boucher
HMRKB HerathKC SangakkaraSri Lanka5890214.09556856.81KC Sangakkara
AR BorderGR MarshAustralia50360053.73285433.18AR Border
IVA RichardsMD MarshallWest Indies75471446.21171019.65IVA Richards
A FlintoffME TrescothickEngland46248135.95393548.58ME Trescothick
GA GoochIT BothamEngland59376238.00264930.80GA Gooch
JL LangerME WaughAustralia53365444.56275335.75JL Langer
V SehwagZ KhanIndia65546449.6793012.56V Sehwag
DW SteynGC SmithSouth Africa6998815.20539548.16GC Smith
Kamran AkmalMohammad YousufPakistan43221931.25416055.46Mohammad Yousuf
NS SidhuSR TendulkarIndia42278644.22358766.42SR Tendulkar
M AzharuddinN Kapil DevIndia61391046.54246232.82M Azharuddin
FE WoolleyJB HobbsEngland44218234.63418462.44JB Hobbs
IR BellJM AndersonEngland86552840.9483510.06IR Bell
M MuralitharanST JayasuriyaSri Lanka9096712.39539437.72ST Jayasuriya
L HuttonTG EvansEngland56486855.95148720.36L Hutton
AB de VilliersM MorkelSouth Africa69556656.2277211.52AB de Villiers
APE KnottAW GreigEngland58273032.11359940.43AW Greig
H SutcliffeWR HammondEngland38303755.21328762.01WR Hammond
HM AmlaMV BoucherSouth Africa55416547.32215830.82HM Amla
IJL TrottKP PietersenEngland44326946.04304643.51IJL Trott
M VijayV KohliIndia41285240.74345954.04V Kohli
Mushfiqur RahimShakib Al HasanBangladesh47285935.29343141.84Shakib Al Hasan
GA GoochMA AthertonEngland37356052.35272440.05GA Gooch
CC McDonaldRN HarveyAustralia45293439.12333745.71RN Harvey
BC LaraSL CampbellWest Indies46363046.53264133.43BC Lara
DW SteynJH KallisSouth Africa6594015.16531854.26JH Kallis
GD McGrathML HaydenAustralia693518.56590653.20ML Hayden
IJL TrottMJ PriorEngland49376346.45249039.52IJL Trott
MA AthertonRA SmithEngland44319240.92306145.01MA Atherton
AC GilchristSR WaughAustralia49313156.92310250.85AC Gilchrist
M AzharuddinNS SidhuIndia48307648.82315144.38NS Sidhu
AN CookJM BairstowEngland45339042.37282439.77AN Cook
KP PietersenSCJ BroadEngland60446646.52172423.94KP Pietersen
CL CairnsSP FlemingNew Zealand52297136.23321238.69SP Fleming
AG PrinceMV BoucherSouth Africa65364142.33252831.20AG Prince
DA WarnerNM LyonAustralia64549347.3564911.80DA Warner
GC SmithJA RudolphSouth Africa45368548.48245036.02GC Smith
AJ StraussMJ PriorEngland53329337.85283442.93AJ Strauss
JE RootSCJ BroadEngland56498254.15113616.00JE Root
JG WrightSir RJ HadleeNew Zealand65393935.80217425.57JG Wright
AC GilchristSK WarneAustralia70434649.38176420.27AC Gilchrist
DCS ComptonTG EvansEngland58459252.18151120.14DCS Compton
JM AndersonKP PietersenEngland7371010.59538745.26KP Pietersen
VVS LaxmanZ KhanIndia72505551.58101312.66VVS Laxman
JE RootJM BairstowEngland39345450.79261041.42JE Root
BA StokesJE RootEngland38235035.60371458.03JE Root
DK LilleeGS ChappellAustralia6475212.74530854.16GS Chappell
AD MathewsDPMD JayawardeneSri Lanka42296052.85308742.87DPMD Jayawardene
AW GreigDL AmissEngland41268442.60335451.60DL Amiss
BF ButcherRB KanhaiWest Indies38265042.74338351.25RB Kanhai
GR ViswanathSMH KirmaniIndia64400941.32200225.66GR Viswanath
APE KnottJH EdrichEngland52230233.85370944.15JH Edrich
Misbah-ul-HaqMohammad HafeezPakistan40316155.45283840.54Misbah-ul-Haq
R BenaudRN HarveyAustralia57175421.92424245.61RN Harvey
ADR CampbellGW FlowerZimbabwe58280927.53318630.93GW Flower
PA de SilvaRS MahanamaSri Lanka50346144.37252929.75PA de Silva
AR MorrisRN HarveyAustralia35251641.24347264.29RN Harvey
MA ButcherME TrescothickEngland41287741.69311043.80ME Trescothick
CD McMillanSP FlemingNew Zealand54306938.36291733.14CD McMillan
Majid KhanZaheer AbbasPakistan46304840.10293740.23Majid Khan
KR MillerRN HarveyAustralia43233134.79365352.18RN Harvey
AJ StewartMA ButcherEngland50284636.48313736.05MA Butcher
JA RudolphJH KallisSouth Africa40201731.51394064.59JH Kallis
MN SamuelsS ChanderpaulWest Indies43279339.33316253.59S Chanderpaul
Inzamam-ul-HaqMoin KhanPakistan57358141.16236028.43Inzamam-ul-Haq
AM RahaneV KohliIndia39272546.98321550.23V Kohli
LRPL TaylorMJ GuptillNew Zealand43348348.37245530.68LRPL Taylor
Inzamam-ul-HaqWasim AkramPakistan59423048.06170520.79Inzamam-ul-Haq
JN GillespieRT PontingAustralia58102921.00490156.33RT Ponting
AR BorderGM WoodAustralia50321542.30271430.84AR Border
BC LaraCEL AmbroseWest Indies61503350.8389112.54BC Lara
IA HealyMJ SlaterAustralia52201330.50390443.86MJ Slater
JN GillespieML HaydenAustralia6199818.48491548.18ML Hayden
RJ ShastriSM GavaskarIndia53245836.68344744.19SM Gavaskar
A KumbleV SehwagIndia5697415.46492154.67V Sehwag
AI KallicharranRC FredericksWest Indies40292347.91296644.93RC Fredericks
AR BorderIA HealyAustralia62383145.60205725.71AR Border
CG GreenidgeMD MarshallWest Indies68419341.51167020.87CG Greenidge
AJ LambGA GoochEngland39231036.09355152.22GA Gooch
MJ ClarkePM SiddleAustralia56497555.8987313.02MJ Clarke
AN CookMM AliEngland44355846.81228834.66AN Cook
AJ StewartRA SmithEngland47299337.41285137.02AJ Stewart
R AshwinV KohliIndia49200133.35383551.82V Kohli
AL LogieDL HaynesWest Indies51243135.75339941.96DL Haynes
HA GomesIVA RichardsWest Indies50249040.16331649.49IVA Richards
A FlintoffAJ StraussEngland44237435.96343243.44AJ Strauss
CH LloydDL HaynesWest Indies47304952.56274938.71CH Lloyd
IM ChappellKR StackpoleAustralia43298740.91280737.42IM Chappell
C HillVT TrumperAustralia41293040.13286241.47C Hill
AL HassettAR MorrisAustralia37278950.70299849.14AR Morris
GS SobersLR GibbsWest Indies60539260.583826.94GS Sobers
MA ButcherMP VaughanEngland41264338.86313144.72MP Vaughan
IDS SmithJG WrightNew Zealand58167425.75409341.34JG Wright
Mudassar NazarZaheer AbbasPakistan44277143.98299454.43Zaheer Abbas
AR MorrisKR MillerAustralia44336846.77239639.27AR Morris
Abdul QadirJaved MiandadPakistan6290315.05483660.45Javed Miandad
Kamran AkmalYounis KhanPakistan39196931.75375956.10Younis Khan
A FlintoffMP VaughanEngland48263535.60308437.15MP Vaughan
A FlowerGJ WhittallZimbabwe44361754.80210029.16A Flower
Hanif MohammadSaeed AhmedPakistan36296151.94274542.89Hanif Mohammad
MC CowdreyPBH MayEngland43277942.10291447.00PBH May
CH LloydDL MurrayWest Indies54391647.75177522.75CH Lloyd
Abdul RazzaqMohammad YousufPakistan40175930.32392664.36Mohammad Yousuf
MJ ClarkeML HaydenAustralia41279148.96288541.21ML Hayden
CJ McDermottDC BoonAustralia6887012.08480145.72DC Boon
GD McGrathME WaughAustralia874236.40524440.33ME Waugh
DG BradmanWM WoodfullAustralia28384998.69180845.20DG Bradman
DJ CullinanJH KallisSouth Africa45295446.88267642.47DJ Cullinan
APE KnottDL AmissEngland47211232.49351647.51DL Amiss
LEG AmesWR HammondEngland43201738.05359459.90WR Hammond
ER DexterMC CowdreyEngland40275243.68285646.81MC Cowdrey
BC LaraD GangaWest Indies34405064.28155825.54BC Lara
CD McMillanNJ AstleNew Zealand48269938.01290739.82NJ Astle
IM ChappellRW MarshAustralia44357847.07201933.65IM Chappell
MV BoucherND McKenzieSouth Africa58234230.02325337.39ND McKenzie
Asif IqbalMushtaq MohammadPakistan42283542.95275340.48Asif Iqbal
BJ WatlingLRPL TaylorNew Zealand45219237.79339453.87LRPL Taylor
Inzamam-ul-HaqWaqar YounisPakistan64475648.5382611.01Inzamam-ul-Haq
IR RedpathWM LawryAustralia41244338.17312946.01WM Lawry
GD McKenzieWM LawryAustralia5993012.40463747.31WM Lawry
HM AmlaJP DuminySouth Africa45347050.28209633.26HM Amla
GS SobersWW HallWest Indies48473765.7981815.73GS Sobers
M LeylandWR HammondEngland39264945.67289949.13WR Hammond
CL HooperS ChanderpaulWest Indies42279444.34275045.08CL Hooper
AL LogieCG GreenidgeWest Indies46222736.50331545.41CG Greenidge
CA WalshRB RichardsonWest Indies726519.04488842.13RB Richardson
GS ChappellKJ HughesAustralia36298654.29255048.11GS Chappell
MC CowdreyTW GraveneyEngland44284443.75269244.13MC Cowdrey
CA PujaraM VijayIndia38284246.59269141.40CA Pujara
NM LyonSPD SmithAustralia4949111.41503865.42SPD Smith
F du PlessisHM AmlaSouth Africa42258043.00294846.06HM Amla
GS BlewettSR WaughAustralia44242733.70310149.22SR Waugh
IDS SmithMD CroweNew Zealand54154026.10398850.48MD Crowe
Imran KhanZaheer AbbasPakistan47173030.35379055.73Zaheer Abbas
AI KallicharranIVA RichardsWest Indies38228642.33323456.73IVA Richards
CL HooperRB RichardsonWest Indies47223331.45327943.14RB Richardson
DL VettoriNJ AstleNew Zealand62183424.13367237.85NJ Astle
Aamer SohailInzamam-ul-HaqPakistan43265135.34285445.30Inzamam-ul-Haq
A RanatungaHP TillakaratneSri Lanka52271033.87278939.28HP Tillakaratne
CG GreenidgeHA GomesWest Indies46321550.23227739.94CG Greenidge
AL LogieRB RichardsonWest Indies42211137.03337050.29RB Richardson
M MuralitharanMS AtapattuSri Lanka7485112.89462041.25MS Atapattu
Majid KhanMushtaq MohammadPakistan39283542.31263242.45Majid Khan
GA GoochMW GattingEngland44323439.92223131.42GA Gooch
RN HarveyRR LindwallAustralia50425554.55120420.75RN Harvey
MP VaughanN HussainEngland40311647.21232936.39MP Vaughan
LRPL TaylorTG SoutheeNew Zealand53423050.96120416.72LRPL Taylor
Wasim BariZaheer AbbasPakistan61111017.34431947.46Zaheer Abbas
AN CookBA StokesEngland39297341.87242935.72AN Cook
GS BlewettME WaughAustralia46255234.02284440.05ME Waugh
APE KnottG BoycottEngland43164027.33375055.14G Boycott
AR BorderGS ChappellAustralia36237450.51301354.78GS Chappell
Azhar AliMohammad HafeezPakistan35292048.66246040.32Azhar Ali
Javed MiandadMohsin KhanPakistan45284746.67251837.58Javed Miandad
AD MathewsHMRKB HerathSri Lanka60420445.20115716.06AD Mathews
MD MarshallRB RichardsonWest Indies53132020.95404148.10RB Richardson
MA TaylorSK WarneAustralia66415038.78121115.13MA Taylor
MEK HusseySR WatsonAustralia36294348.24241637.75MEK Hussey
CPS ChauhanSM GavaskarIndia37197932.98336657.05SM Gavaskar
KS WilliamsonTWM LathamNew Zealand31320666.79213938.89KS Williamson
MS AtapattuPA de SilvaSri Lanka39218434.66315753.50PA de Silva
Saleem MalikWasim AkramPakistan67341238.77191823.97Saleem Malik
A RanatungaRS MahanamaSri Lanka51277036.93255929.75A Ranatunga
AB de VilliersAN PetersenSouth Africa36323666.04209334.88AB de Villiers
HH GibbsM NtiniSouth Africa64478245.9854610.50HH Gibbs
BJ HaddinMEK HusseyAustralia43225735.82306943.22MEK Hussey
MH RichardsonSP FlemingNew Zealand38277644.77254242.36MH Richardson
Ijaz AhmedInzamam-ul-HaqPakistan36250744.76280551.00Inzamam-ul-Haq
AN PetersenHM AmlaSouth Africa35206735.03324462.38HM Amla
G BoycottJH EdrichEngland37274549.90256344.18G Boycott
JL LangerJN GillespieAustralia57443645.7386615.74JL Langer
PR UmrigarVL ManjrekarIndia46276841.31253037.20PR Umrigar
MJ SlaterSK WarneAustralia60426142.61103514.78MJ Slater
DM JonesGR MarshAustralia42287544.92240933.45DM Jones
DL HaynesHA GomesWest Indies49279238.24249040.81DL Haynes
DC BoonMG HughesAustralia51427055.45101116.85DC Boon
DG BradmanWAS OldfieldAustralia32455999.1072018.94DG Bradman
BJ HaddinRT PontingAustralia41222037.00305943.70RT Ponting
ME TrescothickN HussainEngland43284838.48243135.23ME Trescothick
Javed MiandadShoaib MohammadPakistan40279153.67248647.80Javed Miandad
GS SobersSM NurseWest Indies29273259.39252347.60GS Sobers
AM RahaneCA PujaraIndia35238145.78286850.31CA Pujara
CL WalcottFMM WorrellWest Indies32261152.22263351.62FMM Worrell
G KirstenL KlusenerSouth Africa46338346.98186033.81G Kirsten
IVA RichardsMA HoldingWest Indies56435657.3188214.45IVA Richards
AF GilesME TrescothickEngland49127620.91395345.96ME Trescothick
KD WaltersRW MarshAustralia49310742.56210530.07KD Walters
DM JonesMA TaylorAustralia33236050.21284249.00MA Taylor
NR MongiaSR TendulkarIndia44144224.03375956.10SR Tendulkar
A RanatungaST JayasuriyaSri Lanka46213732.37305844.31ST Jayasuriya
DJ BravoS ChanderpaulWest Indies38209831.78309456.25S Chanderpaul
AJ StewartGA GoochEngland35231140.54288145.73GA Gooch
APE KnottKWR FletcherEngland51220532.42296941.23KWR Fletcher
Asif IqbalZaheer AbbasPakistan38255542.58261740.89Zaheer Abbas
CH GayleD RamdinWest Indies48338242.81178926.30CH Gayle
Harbhajan SinghSC GangulyIndia63111815.31405342.21SC Ganguly
Abdul RazzaqInzamam-ul-HaqPakistan41169728.28347056.88Inzamam-ul-Haq
DJ CullinanSM PollockSouth Africa51336246.05180332.19DJ Cullinan
GC SmithM MorkelSouth Africa56448149.7868211.96GC Smith
DR MartynSK WarneAustralia56381748.31134318.14DR Martyn
D ElgarHM AmlaSouth Africa38227039.13288350.57HM Amla
M AzharuddinRJ ShastriIndia45284543.76230437.77M Azharuddin
IR BellJE RootEngland35212736.67302054.90JE Root
AD MathewsFDM KarunaratneSri Lanka38286443.39227932.09AD Mathews
Mohsin KhanMudassar NazarPakistan43242538.49271145.18Mudassar Nazar
G BoycottIT BothamEngland41314245.53198931.57G Boycott
M AmarnathN Kapil DevIndia50315345.04197731.38M Amarnath
MEK HusseyML HaydenAustralia30272666.48239846.11MEK Hussey
AJ StraussJM AndersonEngland64449141.9762711.00AJ Strauss
GS ChappellIR RedpathAustralia28258664.65252851.59GS Chappell
JE RootJM AndersonEngland52470255.974079.04JE Root
BB McCullumBJ WatlingNew Zealand38301448.61209237.35BB McCullum
CA PujaraR AshwinIndia41355460.23154833.65CA Pujara
BB McCullumTG SoutheeNew Zealand48388847.41120916.79BB McCullum
Sarfraz AhmedYounis KhanPakistan34206843.08302050.33Younis Khan
G GambhirMS DhoniIndia39276941.32230442.66G Gambhir
AC ParoreNJ AstleNew Zealand52195827.57310638.34NJ Astle
KC SangakkaraNT ParanavitanaSri Lanka32326464.00179232.58KC Sangakkara
KR RutherfordMD CroweNew Zealand41182828.12321048.63MD Crowe
A FlowerHH StreakZimbabwe49370552.92133320.50A Flower
JN RhodesWJ CronjeSouth Africa48227034.92276640.67WJ Cronje
MEK HusseySM KatichAustralia34210036.20292849.62SM Katich
KD WaltersKR StackpoleAustralia36258947.07242339.08KD Walters
L HuttonWJ EdrichEngland35274948.22225941.83L Hutton
CA WalshCL HooperWest Indies836207.75438234.23CL Hooper
PBH MayTW GraveneyEngland40293050.51206938.31PBH May
AD MathewsLD ChandimalSri Lanka36254341.68245040.16AD Mathews
C WashbrookDCS ComptonEngland32218141.94281258.58DCS Compton
BB McCullumMJ GuptillNew Zealand40271837.23227429.92BB McCullum
RB KanhaiWW HallWest Indies47417351.5181716.01RB Kanhai
VT TrumperWW ArmstrongAustralia40274040.89224735.66VT Trumper
ED WeekesFMM WorrellWest Indies31237244.75261551.27FMM Worrell
GC SmithSM PollockSouth Africa43356349.48141632.93GC Smith
JG WrightJV ConeyNew Zealand46262134.48235638.00JG Wright
Danish KaneriaMohammad YousufPakistan482215.66474965.95Mohammad Yousuf
HP TillakaratneMS AtapattuSri Lanka44229743.33267040.45MS Atapattu
AP GurusinhaPA de SilvaSri Lanka39239639.93256840.76PA de Silva
Azhar AliSarfraz AhmedPakistan32302052.06193844.04Azhar Ali
MEK HusseyMG JohnsonAustralia50355543.35140322.62MEK Hussey
DL VettoriLRPL TaylorNew Zealand38215535.91279643.68LRPL Taylor

Again, having created this monstrosity, we’re not that keen to actually dig through it. Instead, we’ll throw that back out to the world and hope for the best. But we did notice a few things, such as the fact that Graham Gooch > everyone else, despite being the worst coach ever. Also Michael Clarke was better than Ricky Ponting, bad news for fans of rat-faced cricketers across the world.

Conclusions

Sometimes, we use these sorts of exercises to make valid points about specific players. And sometimes they’re more like fancy pieces of art, where the beauty is in the process with the output left to fend for itself. All of which is basically admitting that this was just an excuse to throw some numbers around. The real interest comes next time around when we get into the exciting area of networks, tracing player associations back through time, allowing us to get from Dawid Malan to WG Grace in just eight glorious steps. Or not.

 

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