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Babar Azam back at career-best fifth position in Test rankings

Babar Azam back at career-best fifth position in Test rankings
August 18, 2020
DUBAI – Formerly top-ranked fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson of England have advanced in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after some fine bowling in the drawn second Test against Pakistan in Southampton. Broad has moved up one slot to second position in the bowlers’ list after a haul of 4/56 while Anderson has moved up two slots to 14th with figures of 3/60, as the pair helped dismiss Pakistan for 236 in their only innings of the match. Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took 2/28 in England’s score of 110/4 declared, gaining two places to reach eighth position, but is still away from his career-best ranking of third in October 2018. In the batsmen’s list, Babar Azam is back at a career-best fifth position, which he had attained in February 2020. His knock of 47 helped him gain one place while his compatriots Abid Ali (up to 49th) and Mohammad Rizwan (up to 75th) have also attained career-best rankings after knocking up half-centuries. For England, Zak Crawley has moved to a career-best 81st place after a score of 53, even as all-rounder Ben Stokes and captain Joe Root have retained their seventh and ninth positions, respectively. In the ICC World Test Championship points table, England remain in third position with 279 points while Pakistan are fifth with 153. The list is led by India with 360 points and Australia are second at 296. Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series. MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 18 August 2020, after the second England-Pakistan Test): Batsmen (top 10)
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 911 62.84 947 v SA at Durban 2018
2 ( - ) Virat Kohli India 886 53.62 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3 ( - ) M Labuschagne Aus 827*! 63.43 827 v NZ at Sydney 2020
4 ( - ) K Williamson NZ 812 50.99 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
5 (+1) Babar Azam Pak 798 44.79 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
6 (-1) David Warner Aus 793 48.94 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
7 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 767 37.84 827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
8 ( - ) C Pujara India 766 48.66 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
9 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 747 48.11 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
10 ( - ) Ajinkya Rahane India 726 42.88 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
  Other selected rankings
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
49 (+19) Abid Ali Pak 518*! 69.50 518 v Eng at Southampton 2020
75 (+19) M Rizwan Pak 415*! 33.30 415 v Eng at Southampton 2020
81 (+15) Zak Crawley Eng 389*! 28.54 389 v Pak at Southampton 2020
  Bowlers (top 10)
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Pat Cummins Aus 904 21.82 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 (+1) Stuart Broad Eng 846 27.68 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
3 (-1) Neil Wagner NZ 843 26.60 859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
4 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 812! 29.00 812 v India at Christchurch 2020
5 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 810 26.69 862 v Eng at Southampton 2020
6 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 802 22.95 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7 ( - ) Mitchell Starc Aus 797 26.97 807 v NZ at Perth 2019
8 (+2) M Abbas Pak 785* 20.67 838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
9 (-1) Jasprit Bumrah India 779* 20.33 834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
10 (-1) Trent Boult NZ 770 27.65 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  Other selected rankings
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
14= (+2) J Anderson Eng 744 26.94 903 v India at Lord's 2018
  All-rounders (top five)
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts

Highest Rating

1 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 454 497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 447 485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
3 ( - ) R Jadeja India 397 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 ( - ) M Starc Aus 298 346 v India at Pune 2017
5 ( - ) R Ashwin India 281 492 v Eng at Mohali 2016
  *indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets. !indicates career-highest rating