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Pakistan stakes claim on third place

Pakistan Cricket LogoLahore: The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan gets underway in Galle on 6 August, with the host aiming to improve its ranking in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table, and Pakistan looking to retain its third position.

Pakistan is currently ranked third with 103 ratings points, while Sri Lanka is eight ratings points behind in sixth position, with 95 ratings points.

While the final rankings of each team are heavily dependent on the ongoing five-Test series between England and India, both will be aiming for a series win to avoid downwards movement.

The five-Test series between England and India will end a day after the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan finishes. The series between England and India is currently locked in a 1-1 deadlock at the end of the first three Tests.

Meanwhile, Pakistan must win the series to maintain its hold on third position and thereby close the gap with South Africa and Australia in first and second place, respectively, while Sri Lanka could drop a place to seventh in such a scenario.

On the other hand, if Sri Lanka were to win the series 1-0, it could move up one place to fifth, while a 2-0 win will hand Angelo Mathews’ side a rise of two places to fourth. A series loss by any margin will mean that Pakistan would drop to sixth.

A 1-1 series deadlock will see both sides maintaining their pre-series rankings.

Meanwhile, with an eye on the other ongoing series, South Africa will be aiming to keep its number-one position when it faces off against Zimbabwe in a one-off Test in Harare from 9 August.

South Africa, currently ranked first in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table after reclaiming the top spot following a 1-0 series victory against Sri Lanka, must win the Test to stay on top of the tree. A draw or loss will see Hashim Amla’s team drop below Australia into second position.

Zimbabwe’s ranking of ninth will not change regardless of the outcome of the Test, but should the side defeat South Africa, it will gain 10 ratings points and close the gap with eighth-ranked West Indies.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan will start their two-match Test series with as many as three of the top 10 batsmen in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen likely to be seen in action.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who was adjudged the ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year in 2012 at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo, will lead the charge, alongside skipper Angelo Mathews (sixth) and his Pakistan counter-part Misbah-ul-Haq (seventh) during the two-Test series.

Amongst the other stars in the top 20, Pakistan’s Younus Khan (11th) and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardena (14th) are also expected to play.

Among the bowlers inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers likely to be seen in action are Saeed Ajmal (fifth), Rangana Herath (eighth), Abdur Rehman (14th) and Junaid Khan (17th).

For South Africa and Zimbabwe, South Africa’s AB de Villiers (first) and Hashim Amla (third) are the top-ranked batsmen expected to be seen in action, while Faf du Plessis (18th) is the other South Africa batsman inside the top 20. For Zimbabwe, captain Brendan Taylor (29th) is the highest ranked batsman.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn will start the one-off Test as the number-one ranked bowler, leading team mates Vernon Philander (fourth) and Morne Morkel (16th) as the players in the top 20 who are likely to be seen.

 

Forthcoming Test Fixtures:

 

England v India

7-11 August: Fourth Test, Old Trafford, Manchester

15-19 August: Fifth Test, The Oval, London

 

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

6-10 August: First Test, Galle

14-18 August: Second Test, Colombo

 

South Africa v Zimbabwe

9-13 August: One-off Test, Harare

 

 

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 28 July, after the conclusion of Sri Lanka-South Africa series)

 

Rank   Team              Rating     

1          South Africa   124

2          Australia          123

3          Pakistan           103

4          India                102

5          England           100

6          Sri Lanka         95

7          New Zealand   93

8          West Indies     74

9          Zimbabwe       40

10        Bangladesh     21

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

 

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings

 

Batsmen

 

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts             Ave        HS Rating

1             AB de Villiers        SA           899         51.33     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

2             Kumar Sangakkara SL      889         58.32     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

3             Hashim Amla       SA           878         51.70     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

4             David Warner       Aus         871 !      46.54     871 v SA at Cape Town 2014

5             S.Chanderpaul     WI          854         51.88     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

6             Angelo Mathews  SL           827 !      51.00     827 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2014

7             Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         824 !      48.75     824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

8             Michael Clarke    Aus         818         51.50     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

9             Ross Taylor          NZ          795         46.43     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

10          Cheteshwar Pujara Ind      771*      54.11     851 v SA at Durban 2013

11          Younus Khan       Pak         759         51.38     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

12          Steven Smith        Aus         737*!    40.02     737 v SA at Cape Town 2014

13          Kane Williamson NZ          728 !      40.28     728 v WI at Bridgetown 2014

14          Mahela Jayawardene SL   704         50.09     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

15          Virat Kohli            Ind          684         42.37     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

16=        Chris Rogers         Aus         675*      38.14     694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

Joe Root                Eng         675*      45.63     688 v Ind at Lord’s 2014

18          Faf du Plessis        SA           657*      50.39     674 v SL at Galle 2014

19          Ian Bell                 Eng         655         45.16     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

20          Brendon McCullum NZ     651         37.10     724 v Ind at Wellington 2014

 

Bowlers

 

Rank      Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

1            Dale Steyn            SA           903          22.82    908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2           Ryan Harris          Aus         870 !      22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014

3           Mitchell Johnson Aus         844 !      27.42     844 v SA at Cape Town 2014

4           Vernon Philander SA           813        21.09     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787          27.46    855 v Zim at Harare 2013

6           Tim Southee         NZ          783          29.83    799 v WI at Kingston 2014

7           James Anderson  Eng         781          30.09    813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

8           Rangana Herath  SL           755          30.41    838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

9           Trent Boult           NZ          737*      27.45     767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

10=       Kemar Roach       WI          733 !      27.04     733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014

Peter Siddle           Aus         733          29.37    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

12         R. Ashwin              Ind          722          28.50    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

13         Stuart Broad         Eng         715          30.66    783 v WI at Lord’s 2012

14=       Abdur Rehman    Pak         705*      27.75     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

Pragyan Ojha       Ind          705          30.26    773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

16         Morne Morkel      SA           700          30.08    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

17         Junaid Khan         Pak         623*!    29.07     623 v SL at Sharjah 2014

18         Shakib Al Hasan Ban        613          33.36    680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

19         Nathan Lyon        Aus         607          32.99    648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

20         Ishant Sharma     Ind          584          37.04    671 v WI at Dominica 2011

 

All-rounders

 

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating

1         Vernon Philander SA         365*/     376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

2         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        364        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3         R.Ashwin             Ind         351*/     419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

4         Mitchell Johnson Aus        280        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

5         Stuart Broad        Eng        265        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

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