# Thread: Paper finds Waugh, Ponting the "best" ever captains

1. ## Paper finds Waugh, Ponting the "best" ever captains

So I was browsing arXiv, looking at recent uploads (as I do) when I stumbled upon this: "Identifying the greatest team and captain - A complex network approach to cricket matches"

We consider all Test matches played between 1877 and 2010 and One Day International (ODI) matches played between 1971 and 2010. We form directed and weighted networks of teams and also of their captains. The success of a team (or captain) is determined by the 'quality' of wins and not on the number of wins alone. We apply the diffusion based PageRank algorithm on the networks to access the importance of wins and rank the teams and captains respectively. Our analysis identifies {\it Australia} as the best team in both forms of cricket $-$ Test and ODI. {\it Steve Waugh} is identified as the best captain in Test cricket and {\it Ricky Ponting} is the best captain in the ODI format. We also compare our ranking scheme with the existing ranking schemes which include the Reliance ICC Ranking. Our method does not depend on `external' criteria in ranking of teams (captains). The purpose of this paper is to introduce a revised ranking of cricket teams and to quantify the success of the captains.
It's 1am and I'm currently lying in bed with a laptop so I can't exactly read the paper thoroughly, but the historical rankings are:

Tests:
Australia
South Africa
England
West Indies
Pakistan
India
Sri Lanka
New Zealand
Zimbabwe
ODIs
Australia
South Africa
West Indies
England
Pakistan
India
New Zealand
Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe
And for Test captains:
Steve Waugh
Graeme Smith
Ricky Ponting
Greg Chappell
Richie Benaud
Clive Lloyd
Ian Chappel
Allan Border
M. S. Dhoni
Nasser Hussain
Peter May
Bill Woodfull
Sir Vivian Richards
Sir Frank Worell
Sourav Ganguly
Kim Hughes
Ray Illingworth
Geoff Howarth
Andrew Strauss
Stephen Fleming
ODI captains:
Ricky Ponting
Graeme Smith
Imran Khan
Hansie Cronje
Arjuna Ranatunga
Stephen Fleming
Clive Lloyd
M. S. Dhoni
Sir Vivian Richards
Kapil Dev
Allan Border
Mahela Jayawardene
Brian Lara
Daniel Vettori
Paul Collingwood
Sourav Ganguly
Rahul Dravid
Wasim Akram
There's also an era-by-era list of rankings which I cbf copying. Again, not sure of the methodology, seems to be some version of Google's PageRank. And obviously this is brand new on arXiv and as such might not yet be published anywhere, but interesting nonetheless

2. That methodology seems very flawed tstl.

3. Oh, and what this has to do with physics (which is what arXiv is for), I have no ****ing clue.

4. clarke > waugh

5. Originally Posted by Spikey
clarke > waugh

How did you do the eyes?

6. should Pakistan be number 5 in tests in terms of historical ranking?

WI has now been **** for almost a decade and a half

7. Originally Posted by benchmark00

How did you do the eyes?
Think uvelocity came up with this one

8. Burn the paper, man!

9. Originally Posted by smalishah84
should Pakistan be number 5 in tests in terms of historical ranking?

WI has now been **** for almost a decade and a half
Have Pakistan ever had a 20 year period at the top of the pile?

10. G-banger killing it.

11. Originally Posted by GingerFurball
Have Pakistan ever had a 20 year period at the top of the pile?
Nope. But they haven't had a 20 year period at the bottom either

12. Did Ikki write this particular paper?

13. Ikki missing in action for quite some time now.

Should have been here during the Ind-Aus series

14. No, it should be Imran. Because he led his team to test... Oh

Because unlike the others he won a WC. Oh.

He left his team unified and on the rise, unlike any other captain ever... Oh

Under his tutelage Pakistan won everywh..... Hmmm

15. Ponting being so high makes me extremely dubious about the formulae used. Until the very arse-end of his reign I doubt Australia ever went into a series as second favourites, with the possible exception of India away, which Gilchrist wore the armband for in any event.

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