Callen Cricket Pty Ltd
Founders of the Willow Blue Cricket Forestry Project

"out hitting the competition"

WORLD BEST TEST CRICKETER 

1/. Garfield Sobers

93 TESTS 

8032 Runs 

344 Dismissals

Contribution per game

160.34

2/. # Shakib Al Hasan

49 TESTS  

3779 Runs 

195 Dismissals

Contribution per game

151.95 

3/. Ian Botham

102 TESTS

5200Runs

503  Dismissals

Contribution per game

149.59

4/. Donald Bradman

52 TESTS

6996 Runs

34  Dismissals

Contribution per game

147.59 

5/. Richard Hadlee 

86 TESTS

3124 Runs

470  Dismissals

Contribution per game

145.61

6/. Adam Gilchrist 

96 TESTS

5570 Runs

416 Dismissals

Contribution per game

144.68

7/. Tony Greig 

58 TESTS

3599 Runs

228 dismissals

Contribution per game

140.67

8/. Jaques Kallis 

166 TESTS

13289 Runs

492 Dismissals

Contribution per game

139.33

9/. Robert Simpson 

62 TESTS

4869 Runs

181 Dismissals

Contribution per game

136.91

10/. Shane Warne 

3154 Runs

833 Dismissals

Contribution per game

136.31

11/. Richie Benaud 

63 TESTS

2201 Runs

313 Dismaissals

Contribution per game

133.29

12/. Iran Khan 

88 TESTS

3807 Runs

391 Dismissals

Contribution per game

132.12

 

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The worlds greatest all time cricketers according to the Ian Callen ranking formula (ICRF).

Ian Callen said, "The game of cricket has always been about runs/wickets/catches… the required disciplines reflecting player contributions to a game which ultimately determines a result".

To reward fielding contributions a catch has been classed as a wicket and because Callen believes five wickets is the equivalent of a century, a wicket or catch is worth 20 runs.

(Qualification 50 Test Matches= reasonable longevity)

(Formula (100 runs = 5 wkts)

(Rating = runs/Tests +wkts/Test x 20 + catches/Test x 20)

Ian Callen uses the formula to highlight contribution and performance during a game/series/season and believes it can be used to reflect player development but above all, he says it creates conversation.