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Pakistan fell to 7th position in ICC test ranking

Lahore : Pakistan fell to 7th position in ICC test ranking after losing series against Sri Lanka .

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein which helped complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series.

Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match haul of 10 for 63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory. He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0.

Rabada, a star of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup when his side won it in 2014, has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India and is now on 876 points, only eight points behind second-placed India spinner Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of England.

Rabada was not the only South Africa pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Du Plessis’s 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143.

For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes has gained four slots to reach 69th position while pace bowler Subashish Roy has gained 18 slots to reach 86th position.

For Sri Lanka, who have overtaken Pakistan to take sixth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, Dimuth Karunaratne’s scores of 196 and seven have seen him move up nine places to 17thposition, the first time he is in the top 20. Niroshan Dickwella has gained two slots to reach 39th position and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera has gained 10 slots to reach 76th position.

Perera has also gained in the rankings for bowlers, his eight wickets in Dubai helping him gain three positions to reach 23rd position. Suranga Lakmal has also gained three places to reach 33rd position.

Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who scored his 11th Test century, has gained seven places to reach 28th position while captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained one place to reach 32nd position.

Pace bowler Wahab Riaz’s five wickets in the match have seen him overtake India’s Umesh Yadav to take 24th position while Haris Sohail has gained 35 places to reach 83rd rank.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 11 October, after the South Africa v Bangladesh and Pakistan v Sri Lanka series)

 

Rank   Team              Points

  1         India                 125

  2         South Africa      111

  3         England             105

  4         New Zealand      97

  5         Australia             97

  6         Sri Lanka            94

  7         Pakistan            88

  8         West Indies       75

  9         Bangladesh       72

10         Zimbabwe         00

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 11 October, after the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai and the second Test between South Africa and Bangladesh in Bloemfontein):

 

Batsmen (top 10)

 

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

   1        ( – )       Steve Smith      Aus      936      59.66   941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

   2        ( – )       Joe Root           Eng      889      53.76   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3        ( – )       K. Williamson    NZ        880      51.16   893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4        ( – )       C. Pujara           Ind        876      52.65   888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   5        ( – )       David Warner    Aus      807      47.94   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6        ( – )       Virat Kohli         Ind        806      49.55   895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

   7        ( – )       Hashim Amla    SA        795      49.87   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   8        (+1)      Lokesh Rahul    Ind        761*!    46.27   761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

   9        (+1)      Ajinkya Rahane Ind        760       47.61   825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  10       (-2)       Azhar Ali           Pak      755       46.62   787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016 

 

Other selected rankings

 

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

14        (+2)      Faf du Plessis   SA        718!     46.54   718 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

17        (+9)      D. Karunaratne  SL        700!     36.86   700 v Pak at Dubai 2017

28        (+7)      Asad Shafiq      Pak      617       39.71   758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

32        (+1)      Sarfraz Ahmed  Pak      608       40.14   715 v SL at Galle 2015

39        (+2)      N. Dickwella      SL        567*!    35.59   567 v Pak at Dubai 2017

61        (+43)     Aiden Markram  SA        451*!    85.00   451 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017
69        (+4)      Imrul Kayes       Ban      422       26.40   478 v NZ at Wellington 2017

76=       (+10)     D. Perera          SL        388!     21.75   388 v Pak at Dubai 2017

91        (+30)     Liton Das          Ban      353*!    28.22   353 v SA at Bloemfontein 2017

 

Bowlers (top 10)

 

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

   1        ( – )       J. Anderson      Eng      896!     27.39   896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

   2        ( – )       R.Jadeja           Ind        884       23.60   899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   3        (+2)      K. Rabada         SA        876!     22.71   876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

   4        (-1)       R. Ashwin         Ind        852      25.26   904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   5        (-1)       R. Herath          SL        833      27.82   867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   6        ( – )       J. Hazlewood    Aus      794      25.75   863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

   7        (+1)      Nathan Lyon     Aus      752!     31.83   752 v Ban at Chittagong 2017

   8        (-1)       Dale Steyn        SA        748       22.30   909 v Win at Centurion 2014

   9        ( – )       Neil Wagner      NZ        745       28.90   767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

  10       (+1)      Stuart Broad     Eng      737       28.81   880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016  

 

Other selected rankings

 

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

  23       (+3)      D. Perera            SL      592*     32.39   674 v Zim at Harare 2016

  24       (+1)      Wahab Riaz        Pak     585*!    33.53   585 v SL at Dubai 2017

  32       (+1)      N. Pradeep         SL      478*     42.90   501 v Ind at Galle 2017

  33       (+3)      S. Lakmal            SL      470*     44.82   500 v SA at Cape Town 2017

  48=     (+9)      Duanne Olivier    SA      353*!    23.11   353 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

  60       (+10)     Wayne Parnell     SA      283*!    27.60   283 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

  83=     (+35)     Haris Sohail        Pak     171*!    18.60   171 v SL at Dubai 2017

  86       (+18)     Subashis Roy      Ban     167*!    51.66   167 v SA at Bloemfontein 2017

  93       (+27)     A. Phehlukwayo   SA      132*!    20.50   132 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      438      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2        ( – )       R. Jadeja          Ind        430      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3        ( – )       R. Ashwin         Ind        422      493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

   4        ( – )       Ben Stokes       Eng      396 /*! 396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

   5        ( – )       Moeen Ali         Eng      378      409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

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