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Pakistan fast bowler Muhammad Abbas reaches to third position in ICC ranking

Lahore : Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has taken only 10 Tests to reach third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a stupendous 10-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi helped his side defeat Australia by 373 runs.

The 28-year-old has gained 11 slots to reach the top three and has also crossed 800 rating points, matching compatriot Yasir Shah and South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander who also reached that threshold in 10 Tests.

Three players who reached the 800-point mark in fewer Tests did so in the 19th century – England’s Tom Richardson (eight) matches in 1896, Australia’s Charlie Turner (nine) in 1892 and John Ferris (nine) in 1892, who turned out for both England and Australia.

Abbas, who started the series in 21st position, is the 10th Pakistan bowler to reach 800 rating points. Apart from Abbas and Yasir, the others to breach the 800-point barrier from Pakistan are Fazal Mahmood (16 Tests), Imran Khan and Wasim Akram (both 37), Waqar Younis (12), Mushtaq Ahmed (25), Shoaib Akhtar (29), Mohammad Asif and Saeed Ajmal (both 19).

Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif is another bowler to gain in the latest update, advancing 17 slots to 52ndposition, while Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained 17 slots to reach 25th place among batsmen after his knocks of 94 and 81 in the second Test.

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has entered the rankings in 68th position after scores of 94 and 66 on debut while Babar Azam (up nine places to a career-best 76th), Australia’s Aaron Finch (up 15 places to 59th), Mitchell Starc (up seven places to 89th) and Travis Head (up five places to 97th) are the others to advance among batsmen.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s 1-0 series win in the two-match series has helped them gain seven points in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, coming within two points of sixth-placed Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Australia have slipped from third to fifth position.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 21 October, after the Abu Dhabi Test):

 

RANK  TEAM              POINTS

1.     India                 116

2.     South Africa     106

3.     England            105

4.     New Zealand    102

5.     Australia           102 (-4)

6.     Sri Lanka           97

7.     Pakistan            95 (+7)

8.     West Indies       76

9.     Bangladesh       67

10.  Zimbabwe         02

11.  Afghanistan       00

12.  Ireland               00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Ranking (as of 21 October, after the Abu Dhabi Test):

 

BATSMEN (top 20)

 

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

   1         ( – )         Virat Kohli            Ind         935       54.57     937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

   2         ( – )         Steve Smith         Aus        910       61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018

   3         ( – )         Kane Williamson  NZ          847       50.35     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4         ( – )         Joe Root              Eng        835       51.04     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   5         ( – )         David Warner       Aus        803       48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6         ( – )         C. Pujara              Ind         765       49.54     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   7         ( – )         D. Karunaratne    SL          754!      37.28     754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

   8         ( – )         D. Chandimal       SL          733       44.96     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

   9         ( – )         Dean Elgar           SA          724       41.05     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  10        (+1)        Aiden Markram    SA          703*      47.27    759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  11        (-1)         Usman Khawaja   Aus        699        43.83    747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  12        ( – )         Ross Taylor          NZ          697        47.22    871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

  13        ( – )         Hashim Amla       SA          673        47.23    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  14        ( – )         Faf du Plessis      SA          665       42.33    734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

  15        ( – )         Azhar Ali              Pak        648        44.19    787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  16        ( – )         Kusal Mendis       SL          641        36.78    693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  17        ( – )         Jonny Bairstow    Eng        637        37.19    772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  18        ( – )         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind         633        41.40    825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  19=      ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        632        39.69    694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

              ( – )         Kraigg Brathwaite Win        632        36.54    701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

 

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

   1         ( – )         James Anderson  Eng        899       26.84     903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018

   2         ( – )         Kagiso Rabada    SA          882       21.71     902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   3         (+11)      M. Abbas              Pak        829*!     15.64     829 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2018

   4         (-1)         Vernon Philander SA          826       21.54     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   5         (-1)         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         812       23.50     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   6         (-1)         Trent Boult           NZ          795       27.84     825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

   7         ( – )         Rangana Herath  SL          791       27.95     867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   8         (-2)         Pat Cummins       Aus        784*      23.81     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

   9         (-1)         R. Ashwin             Ind         777       25.44     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  10        (-1)         Jason Holder        Win        766*!     28.50     766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

  11        (-1)         Neil Wagner         NZ          765       28.26     785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  12        (-1)         Josh Hazlewood  Aus        744       26.84     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  13=      (-1)         Stuart Broad         Eng        734       28.92     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

              (-1)         Shannon Gabriel  Win        734       30.20     757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

  15        ( – )         Tim Southee        NZ          720       30.82     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

  16        ( – )         Nathan Lyon        Aus        706       32.21     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

  17        (+1)        Mitchell Starc       Aus        693       28.52     805 v SA at Durban 2018

  18        (-1)         Keshav Maharaj   SA          692*      27.65     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

  19        ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        665       31.87     705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  20        (+1)        Kemar Roach       Win        654       28.31     774 v SA at Centurion 2014

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Highest Rating

   1         ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        420       489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2         ( – )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         400       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3         ( – )         Jason Holder        Win        380/*     381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

   4         ( – )         Vernon Philander SA          370       378 v SL at Galle 2018

   5         ( – )         R. Ashwin             Ind         341       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

  

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