Australian batsman Steve Smith tops ICC Test ranking

06 Mar, 2018 3:46 pm

DUBAI (92 News) – Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has reached a career-best fifth position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his player-of-the-match performance in the Durban Test against South Africa helped his side win by 118 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

Steve Smith topped the ranking among batsmen, while India’s Virat Kohli secured the second place. James Andersen of England was at the top among the bowlers.

The 28-year-old Starc finished with a match haul of nine for 109, enabling him to overtake South Africa’s new-ball bowlers Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander among others, eclipsing his previous best sixth position that he enjoyed in December 2016.

Further, the left-hander’s 42 runs in the Test have not only helped him gain three slots to reach 74th position among batsmen but have also helped him make it to the top-five among all-rounders. He is now on 312 points, 35 less than his tally when he was fourth on the all-rounders’ list in August 2016.

Other Australia players to have gained in the latest rankings update include the Marsh brothers. Shaun Marsh has reached a career-best 16th position among batsmen with his 73 runs in the match while his brother Mitchell has moved up to 43rd place from his 56th rank before the Test, to also reach his highest ranking among batsmen thus far. Mitchell has also gained one slot to reach 58th slot among bowlers.

For South Africa, Aiden Markram’s scores of 32 and 143 have helped him gain 28 slots to reach a career-best 19th place. Markram, who had led South Africa to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2014, has had a phenomenal rise as he sees himself in the top-20 after only his seventh Test, notching three centuries and two scores in the 90s.

In other movements, AB de Villiers’ first innings score of 71 not out was enough to pull him up one place to 12th position while Quinton de Kock has gained three slots to reach 22nd rank after scores of 20 and 83 in the match. In the rankings for bowlers, Keshav Maharaj’s haul of nine wickets in the match has helped him rise up to 18th rank.

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 6 March, after the Durban Test): 

Batsmen (top 10) 

Rank (+/-)         Player  Team Pts Avge  Highest Rating
   1 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus  947!  63.41 947 v SA at Durban 2018
   2 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind  912!  53.40 912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3 ( – ) Joe Root Eng  881  53.28 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   4 ( – ) K. Williamson NZ  855  50.62 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   5 ( – ) David Warner Aus  833  48.63 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind  810  50.51 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7 (+1) Azhar Ali Pak  755  46.62 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
   8 (+1) Alastair Cook Eng  742  46.35 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
   9 (+1) Ross Taylor NZ  739  48.04 871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
  10 (-3) Hashim Amla SA  734  48.58 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

 


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)        Player Team  Pts Avge Highest Rating
12 (+1) AB de Villiers SA  716 50.05 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
16 (+2) Shaun Marsh Aus  675! 40.69 675 v SA at Durban 2018
19 (+28) Aiden Markram SA  659*! 57.91 659 v Aus at Durban 2018
22 (+3) Quinton de Kock SA  653 39.81 802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017
43 (+13) Mitchell Marsh Aus  551! 30.44 551 v SA at Durban 2018
74 (+3) Mitchell Starc Aus  388 23.06 446 v Ind at Pune 2017
82 (+6) Tim Paine Aus  356* 37.00 387 v Ind at Bengaluru 2010
93= (+22) C. Bancroft Aus  331* 26.33 342 v Eng at Brisbane 2017

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank               (+/-)  Player  Team Pts Avge  Highest Rating
   1 ( – ) James Anderson Eng  887 27.40 896 v Win at Lord’s 2017
   2 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA  873 22.15 888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018
   3 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind  844 23.73 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4 ( – ) Josh Hazlewood Aus  812 25.69 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
   5 (+5) Mitchell Starc Aus  805!  26.94 805 v SA at Durban 2018
   6 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind  803  25.56 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   7 (-1) Vernon Philander SA  786  22.00 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8 (-1) Neil Wagner NZ  784  27.87 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
   9 (-1) Rangana Herath SL  777  28.18 867 v Zim at Harare 2016
  10= (-1) Morne Morkel SA  755  28.20 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
( – ) Nathan Lyon Aus  755  31.78 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)         Player Team  Pts  Avge Highest Rating
  18 (+1) Keshav Maharaj SA  681*  26.54 695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
  58 (+1) Mitchell Marsh Aus  254*  41.33 349 v Win at Melbourne 2015
  87 (+4) Dean Elgar SA  128*  42.28 256 v Ind at Nagpur 2015

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank            (+/-)  Player Team Pts  Highest Rating
   1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban  421 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind  391 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind  368 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   4 ( – ) Ben Stokes Eng  358/* 396 v Win at Lord’s 2017
   5 (+2) Mitchell Starc Aus  312 347 v Ind at Pune 2017


*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




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