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The Selection Criteria

Test Rating for Batting - A detailed note on the calculations


1. Batting Base points
The Batting Base points are given for Runs scored. This Index is given a weightage of around 30%. Brian Lara, for his 375, gets the highest Index value.

2. Pitch Index
Rhis index is determined based on the Runs scored in a match and number of wickets, which have fallen. Normalizing is done to take care of wide variations. Additional normalization is done to reflect the pre-WW1 situation with uncovered pitches.

3. Bowling Quality Index
The Bowling Quality Index is based on the quality of bowlers who have bowled in the innings. A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 bowlers are taken for determining this Index value. Care is taken that the fifth bowler (e-g, Richards) does not lower the Index determination adversely.

4. Percentage of Score Index
This reflects the % of team runs scored by the batsman. Surprisingly, Bannerman's 166 in the first test ever is still the highest % score in a completed innings.

5. Point of Entry Index
This index reflects the entry point and distinguishes between 5 for 1, 27 for 2, 35 for 3 etc. For the first innings of the test, the index is absolute. For the other three innings, the Index is linked to a target score, exact for the last innings and national for the other two.

6. After point of Entry Index
This index reflects the difference between entering at, say, 10 for 2 with a third wicket partnership of 100 and entering at 10 for 2 and the score going down to 20 for .

7. Wkts falling while at crease Index
This index reflect the number of wickets seen through by the batsman. An opening batsman, carrying his bat through, gets the highest value.

8. Support Index
This reflects the support received by the batsman while he played his innings.

9. Shepherding of Tail enders Index
This index is based on the way the batsman has nursed the 8-11 batsmen and built partnerships. The highest value is given for a batsman who has been involved in 4 signigicant partnerships.

10. Highest score Index
This is the lowest rated parameter and is given to the innings if the same is the highest for the team.

11. Match Status Index
This is complex index, which reflects the status of the match. The highest value is given to a successful and close fourth innings chase (Lara's 153*) or a great match-winning innings after a follow-on (Laxman's 281).

12. Result contribution Index. This index is based on the sum of the 11 index values and reflects the value of the players contribution, through the considered innings, to the match result. The match should be a win (x points) or a draw (0.3x points) for this index value to be allocated. Additional weightage is given for away wins.

In addition, the Index values, which are calculated, are downsized proportionately if the innings is less than 100.

Wisden-100
Test Ratings for Bowling-A detailed note on the calculations

1. Bowling Base Points
The Bowling Base points are given for Wickets taken. Laker's and Kumble's 10 wicket hauls get the highest Index value.

2. Pitch Index.
This index is determined based on the Runs scored in a match and number of wickets, which have falledn. Normalizing is done to take care of wide variations. Additional normalization is done to take care of wide variations. Additional nromalization is done to reflect the pre-WW1 situation with uncovered pitches.

3. Batting Quality Index
The Batting Quality Index is based on the quality of the top 7 batsmen who have played in the innings.

4. Dismissed Batsman Quality Index
This is an important index, which distinguishes between two bowlers who have taken 5 wickets each, the first one, batsmen 1-5 and the second one, batsmen 6-10.

This is done in two parts. The first is the dismissal itself. The batsman's batting average determines this value. The highest value is given to the bowler who dismissed Bradman and so on.

The second part rewards the timing of dismissal. A bowler who dismisses Richards for a low score will get a higher point value than a bowler who dismisses Srikkanth for the same low value.

5. Bowling Accuracy Index
This index reflects the accuracy of bowling. Spells have to be sufficiently long to get full assignments of this index value.

6. Highest Wickets Index
This is the lowest rated parameter and is given to the analysis if the same is the highest for the team.

7. Match Status Index
This is complex index, which reflects the status of the match. The highest value is given to a sucessful, close fourth defense (de Villiers'6 for 43).

8. Result contributino Index
This index is based on the sum of the previous 7 index values and reflects the value of the players contribution, through the considered analysis, to the match result. The match should be a win (x points) or a draw (0.3x points) for this index value to be allocated. Additional weightage is given for away wins.

In addition, the Index values, which are calculated, are downsized proportionately if the wickets are less than 3.

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