Shane Warne... one of the greats of Australian cricket.
Shane Warne... one of the greats of Australian cricket.

Interactive: Who are Australia's best one day cricketers?

JUST who is Australia's best ever One-Day international cricketer?

Is it Ricky Ponting, who scored 13,704 runs in 375 games at an average of 42.03 and captained Australia to two World Cup wins in 2003 and 2007.

Or is Shane Warne, whose 293 wickets in 194 ODIs, including four in the 1999 World Cup final success, the best we have produced.

Adam Gilchrist would probably get in most people's top ODI side of all-time but does his record of 9619 runs in 287 ODIs at an average of 35.89 put him above the rest?

Michael Bevan might also get the gig, given that his batting average was 53.58 and he scored 6912 runs for Australia in 232 games.

Our Kiwi cousins have developed this amazing interactive which looks at ODI cricket stats from every angle.

It maps the achievements of every cricketer to have played at least 20 ODIs.

Use the graphic to refine your search by country, name or even birthplace.

You can even use it to compare rivalries, such as New Zealand v Australia and India v Pakistan.

It should come as no surprise that New Zealand's two most prominent outliers when it comes to bowling over the years are Sir Richard Hadlee and the future Sir Daniel Vettori.

Click on "Economy" on the interactive graphic and select NZ from the menu. You'll immediately notice that Daniel Vettori's 303 wickets stands tall above everybody else (Kyle Mills is the next closest with 240).

On a world scale, Muttiah Muralitharan and Wasim Akram stand out as the only bowlers with 500+ wickets and an economy rate less than 4 runs per over.

For parsimony, you can't go past West Indian great Joel Garner, who conceded a tight-fisted 3.09rpo over his 98 ODIs.

The interactive also measures the strike rates and averages of every batsman, and the economy rates and averages of every bowler, and is a detailed illustration of how cricket has changed, particularly since the advent of T20 cricket.

The interactive is fiendishly simple and loaded with information.

On the batting graphic, we have the player's average on the horizontal axis, and strike rate on the vertical.

On the bowling chart, the average is horizontal, the amount of balls bowled on the vertical, while there is a separate section for economy rates.

The dots are colour-coded by country, or you can click on the menu bar on the right to isolate a single country. In the search bar, you can isolate players by birthplace.

We have put two qualifiers in place. For batting, you must have played at least 20 ODIs; for bowling you must have delivered at least 1200 balls (200 overs).

So who are the greats of the world?

Let the arguments begin...



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