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Azhar and Bishoo achieve career-high rankings as Bravo returns to top 20

azhar-aliLahore : Azhar Ali and Devendra Bishoo have achieved career-high rankings in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning following Pakistan’s 56 runs victory in the day/night Test in Dubai.

Azhar, who won the player of the match award for his 302 not out, has climbed five places to a career-high 12thposition, while Bishoo’s match figures of 10 for 174 have helped him gain 11 places to claim 30th position.

Azhar is the fourth Pakistan batsman after Hanif Mohammad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to score a Test triple century. For this achievement, the opener, who played as a wrist spinner in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand, has earned 62 points, which, in turn, has also allowed him to move ahead of team-mate Asad Shafiq (16th, down by three places).

Azhar now has his captain Misbah-ul-Haq firmly within his sights, whom he trails by just one point, while Younus Khan remains his side’s highest-ranked batsman in fifth place (slipped one place after dropping one per cent of his points for missing the Dubai Test).

In contrast, by rising 11 places to 30th, Bishoo has opened up a significant lead over team-mate Shannon Gabriel (48th), who is the second highest-ranked West Indies bowler in the series, and captain Jason Holder (61st).

The 30-year-old looks strong to gain further points and edge closer to the top 20 as he is still in the qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Bishoo has so far claimed 69 wickets in 19 Tests.

Stylish West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is the other player to make a big impact in the latest rankings.

The 27-year-old left-hander, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Malaysia, scored 87 and 116 in the Test in which the West Indies went down fighting. Consequently, Bravo has returned to the top 20 where he has joined Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed in 20th position after rising eight places.

Last time Bravo enjoyed a place inside the top 20 was in June 2014, when he figured in 19th position. His career-high ranking remains 15th, which he had achieved against New Zealand in Dunedin in December 2013.

Bravo and Sarfaraz now have an opportunity to improve their rankings as they trail New Zealand’s 19th-ranked Ross Taylor by 13 points.

Marlon Samuels, who scored 76 and four, is the other batsman to head in the right direction. He has moved up five places to 40th, while Pakistan opener Sami Aslam has jumped 19 places to share 58th position with Martin Guptill of New Zealand. Jason Holder is just five points and one place behind the duo of Sami and Guptill.

Steve Smith is the number-one ranked Test batsman and he leads England’s second-ranked Joe Root by 28 points. Hashim Amla of South Africa is third.

Apart from Bishoo, Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz is the other bowler to achieve a career-high ranking to date. The left-arm fast bowler picked up two for 65 and one for 47, and, as such, has moved up three places to 26th.

Mohammad Amir’s three wickets in the second innings have helped him gain four places and 60th position in the latest rankings.

Yasir Shah of Pakistan, who completed 100 wickets in his 17th Test while taking seven wickets in the match, has retained his sixth position but has gained three points for his achievement.

The bowling table is headed by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, with Dale Steyn of South Africa second and England’s James Anderson third.

Bangladesh v England

Meanwhile, the two-Test series between Bangladesh and England starts in Chittagong on Thursday. Fourth-ranked England (108 points) leads ninth-ranked Bangladesh (57 points) by 51 points. And because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, England’s failure to win the series convincingly will result in it dropping points.

If England wins the series 1-0, there will be no change to its pre-series position, but it will move ahead of Australia in third place on 109 points if it wins both the Tests.

In contrast, Bangladesh will jump to 72 points in case of a 1-0 win, while a 2-0 will put it on 75 points. A 1-0 defeat will mean England will slip to 103 points and 102 points in case of a 2-0 defeat.

 

Forthcoming Tests:

 

Pakistan v West Indies

21-25 Oct – 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

30 Oct-3 Nov – 3rd Test, Sharjah

Bangladesh v England

20-24 October – 1st Test, Chittagong

28 Oct-1 Nov – 2nd Test, Mirpur

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 18 October, before the start of Bangladesh and England series)

 

Rank   Team               Points

1.     India                 115

2.     Pakistan             111

3.     Australia            108

4.     England             108

5.     South Africa        96

6.     Sri Lanka             95

7.     New Zealand       91

8.     West Indies          67

9.     Bangladesh          57

10.  Zimbabwe             8

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 18 October, after Dubai Test)

 

Batsmen (top 20)

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating

   1         ( – )        Steve Smith         Aus        906        58.55    936 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

   2         ( – )        Joe Root               Eng        878        54.86    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3         ( – )        Hashim Amla      SA         847        51.16    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   4         (+1)       Kane Williamson NZ         841        50.31    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   5         (-1)        Younus Khan       Pak        837        53.72    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

   6         ( – )        Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         825!      51.37    825 v NZ at Indore 2016

   7=       ( – )        Adam Voges        Aus        802*     72.75    824 v SL at Galle 2016

              ( – )        AB de Villiers     SA         802        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   9         ( – )        David Warner      Aus        772        48.63    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

  10        ( – )        Alastair Cook      Eng        770        47.31    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  11        ( – )        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        755        48.22    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

  12        (+5)       Azhar Ali             Pak        754!      46.27    754 v WI at Dubai 2016

  13        (-1)        Jonny Bairstow    Eng        744!      41.63    744 v Pak at The Oval 2016

  14=      ( – )        Angelo Mathews SL          731        47.16    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

              ( – )        C. Pujara              Ind         731        49.22    851 v SA at Durban 2013

  16        (-3)        Asad Shafiq         Pak        719        42.65    758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

  17        (-1)        Virat Kohli          Ind         718        45.56    784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  18        (-1)        D. Chandimal      SL          692!      44.25    692 v Aus at Colombo (SSC) 2016

  19        (+1)       Ross Taylor         NZ         675        46.24    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

  20=      (-1)        Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak        662        42.97    715 v SL at Galle 2015

              (+8)       Darren Bravo       WI         662        41.11    709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating

  26        (-1)        Tamim Iqbal        Ban        626        39.46    707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

  27        (-1)        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        625        39.76    629 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

  28        (-1)        Moeen Ali           Eng        617!      34.61    617 v Pak at The Oval 2016

  35        (-4)        K. Brathwaite      WI         567       33.75    591 v Eng at Grenada 2015

  39        ( – )        Mushfiqur Rahim              Ban        526        32.31    604 v Zim at Mirpur 2014

  40=      (+5)       Marlon Samuels  WI         525        33.22    672 v Zim at Barbados 2013

              ( – )        Kaushal Silva      SL          525        30.89    638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015

              ( – )        Gary Ballance      Eng        525*     43.40    702 v WI at Grenada 2015

  44        (-1)        Ben Stokes           Eng        521        33.23    594 v Aus at Lord’s 2015

  47=      ( – )        Mahmudullah      Ban        509!      31.37    509 v SA at Mirpur 2015

 

Bowlers (top 20)

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating

   1         ( – )        R. Ashwin            Ind         900!      24.29    900 v NZ at Indore 2016

   2         ( – )        Dale Steyn           SA         878        22.24    909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   3         ( – )        James Anderson  Eng        870        28.28    884 v SL at Durham 2016

   4         ( – )        Stuart Broad        Eng        836        28.52    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   5         ( – )        Rangana Herath   SL          831        28.71    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

   6         ( – )        Yasir Shah           Pak        809        27.89    878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

   7         ( – )        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         805*     23.52    809 v NZ at Kolkata 2016

   8         ( – )        Mitchell Starc     Aus        792!      27.36    792 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2016

   9         ( – )        Neil Wagner        NZ         731*     29.63    760 v SA at Centurion 2016

  10        ( – )        Vernon Philander SA         723        22.09    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

  11=      ( – )        Trent Boult          NZ         715        29.56    825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

              ( – )        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        715*     26.40    792 v WI at Hobart 2015

  13        ( – )        Morne Morkel     SA         710        29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  14        ( – )        Nathan Lyon        Aus        677        32.80    696 v NZ at Wellington 2016

  15        ( – )        Dilruwan Perera  SL          645*     28.35    658 v Aus at Galle 2016

  16        ( – )        Tim Southee        NZ         637        32.63    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

  17        ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        614        33.29    700 v Zim at Khulna 2014

  18        ( – )        Chris Woakes      Eng        609*!    26.07    609 v Pak at The Oval 2016

  19        ( – )        Peter Siddle         Aus        602        29.88    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

  20        ( – )        D. Prasad             SL          583*     35.97    632 v WI at Colombo (PSS) 2015

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating

  25        ( – )        Steven Finn         Eng        543        30.01    624 v NZ at Headingley 2013

  26        (+3)       Wahab Riaz         Pak        509*!    34.66    509 v WI at Dubai 2016

  27        (-1)        Ben Stokes           Eng        498*     37.58    508 v Pak at Old Trafford 2016

  30        (+11)     Devendra Bishoo WI         482*!    36.76    482 v Pak at Dubai 2016

  31        (-1)        Moeen Ali           Eng        474*     42.03    557 v SA at Durban 2015

  42        (+1)       Taijul Islam         Ban        375*     33.94    446 v Pak at Khulna 2015

  45        (-5)        Sohail Khan         Pak        356*     43.20    387 v Eng at The Oval 2016

  47        ( – )        Mark Wood         Eng        327*     34.40    369 v Pak at Dubai 2015

  48        ( – )        Shannon Gabriel  WI         317*     40.82    360 v Zim at Dominica 2013

  50        ( – )        Jubair Hossain     Ban        313*!    30.81    313 v SA at Mirpur 2015

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating

   1         ( – )        R. Ashwin            Ind         451!      451 v NZ at Indore 2016

   2         ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        384       419 v Zim at Khulna 2014

   3=       ( – )        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         292*/*! 292 v NZ at Indore 2016

              ( – )        Moeen Ali           Eng        292 /*!  292 v Pak at The Oval 2016

   5         ( – )        Mitchell Starc     Aus        279!      279 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2016

 

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