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    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
    Bangladesh
    ODIs
    Australia
    South Africa
    West Indies
    England
    Pakistan
    India
    New Zealand
    Sri Lanka
    Zimbabwe
    Bangladesh
    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
    Mohammad Azharuddin
    Rahul Dravid
    Javed Miandad
    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
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    That methodology seems very flawed tstl.
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    Oh, and what this has to do with physics (which is what arXiv is for), I have no ****ing clue.

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    clarke > waugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    clarke > waugh


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

    WI has now been **** for almost a decade and a half
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post


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

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    Burn the paper, man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    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

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    Did Ikki write this particular paper?
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    Ikki missing in action for quite some time now.

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    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
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    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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