Thanks for visiting Chasing The Don, a cricket statistics website. The name is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference to the opinion seemingly set in stone that Don Bradman is the greatest cricketer who ever lived, and that all statistical investigations with respect to cricket are simply identifying the second best.
Within these pages, you will find a selection of articles which I've produced and the raw data supporting the findings, which of course you're welcome to do with as you see fit.
The first article published on the web was a look at the ICC Cricket Ratings for Test cricket teams. The ratings themselves have been around since the early 2000s, however I went back and applied them to all Test cricket from the very first Test series in 1877-78, the object being to see if the all-conquering Aussies of the mid-2000s were the best ever Test team. You can find that article here.
I originally started running archived Test team ratings as I wanted to actually identify the best ever Test player (hence "chasing the Don"). The ICC Test team ratings are calculated by using the current team rating and calculating a team series points total based on the series results. You can find out more about that at the ICC rankings website.
It occurred to me when digesting this that these points could be divided up between the players based on how they had performed, so by calculating the team series points from year dot (or 1877), I could total the individual series points and find the best player. The results of that investigation and related discussion can be found here.