Babar Azam breaks into top 10 of ICC ODI ranking

27 Jan, 2017 7:14 pm

DUBAI (92 News) –Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who smashed 100 runs in Adelaide for a total of 282 runs in the series, has broken into the top-10 for the first time as he has gained five positions to reach 10th rank, ICC reported.

Sharjeel Khan’s 250 runs in the series, which included three half-centuries, have lifted him 35 slots to a career-best 53rd rank.

However, Pakistan could not improve its points’ position in a bid to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, even as there was little movement in the team rankings.

Pakistan is in danger of failing to qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament in the United Kingdom as it is sitting in eighth position on 89 points – two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies.

Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on September 30, 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.

Australia opener David Warner has wrested the top spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen with a stupendous run in recent matches that is a warning for other teams in the year of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which will be held in the United Kingdom from June 1-18.

“It is a huge year for one-day cricket with the ICC Champions Trophy later this year and I am hoping I can take my good form into that tournament,” says the Australian opener.

The attacking left-hander has attained the top ranking for the first time, leapfrogging South Africa’s AB de Villiers and India captain Virat Kohli after amassing 367 runs in the five-match home series against Pakistan which his side won 4-1.

Warner, who struck a belligerent 179 off 128 balls to help win the final ODI in Adelaide by 57 runs on Thursday, is aiming to continue with the superb form that has seen him score six centuries in the last 11 ODIs.

“It is a huge year for one-day cricket with the ICC Champions Trophy later this year and I am hoping I can take my good form into that tournament and help Australia lift the trophy for the third time,” said Warner, who is now 19 points ahead of second-placed de Villiers in the ODI rankings list with a tally of 880 points.

“It is always a great honour and very nice to receive these accolades but from my perspective my job is to put our team into winning positions and I have been fortunate that I have been able to do that lately,” he said.

Warner’s opening partner Travis Head, with whom he added 284 runs in the final ODI, has gained 42 places to reach 38th slot after aggregating 270 runs including his maiden ton (128) in Adelaide.

There were other batsmen to gain too after India’s 2-1 win over England in a series that ended on Sunday.

England batsman Jason Roy’s three half-centuries have taken him into the top 20 for the first time as he has gained 23 slots to reach 17thplace. For India, Kedar Jadhav’s 232 runs have helped him gain 57 slots to reach 47th ranking.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has gained two slots to reach second position after finishing with nine wickets in the series against Pakistan, which included a haul of four for 42 in Adelaide. The former top-ranked bowler is now only five points behind New Zealand’s Trent Boult.

Josh Hazlewood has also reached a career-best fifth place after gaining five positions with seven wickets in the series while England’s Chris Woakes has moved into the top 20 with six wickets against India.


MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 27 January 2017)

Rank   Team               Points

  1. Australia           120 (-)
  2. South Africa     116
  3. India                 112 (+1)
  4. New Zealand    111
  5. England            107 (-)
  6. Sri Lanka          101
  7. Bangladesh        91
  8. Pakistan             89 (-)
  9. West Indies        87
  10. Afghanistan       52
  11. Zimbabwe         47
  12. Ireland               42

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of January 27, 2017 including India v England and Australia v Pakistan series)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      Highest Rating
1         (+2)       David Warner         Aus        880!      44.84      880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
2         (-1)        AB de Villiers          SA         861       53.63       902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
3         (-1)        Virat Kohli               Ind         852       53.11      886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
4         ( – )        Q. de Kock               SA         779       43.84       799 v Aus at Centurion 2016
5         ( – )        K. Williamson         NZ         770       46.81      798 v SA at Centurion 2015
6         (+1)       Joe Root                  Eng       753       46.30      776 v Pak at Trent Bridge 2016
7         (-1)        Hashim Amla         SA         748       51.33      901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
8         (+2)       Steve Smith           Aus        740       43.67     752 v Pak at Sydney 2017
9         (-1)        Martin Guptill       NZ         735       42.36      756 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
10        (+5)       Babar Azam          Pak        733*!    53.09     733 v Aus at Adelaide 2017
11        ( – )        Faf du Plessis       SA         721       40.90       732 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2016
12        (-3)        Rohit Sharma      Ind         717       41.37      761 v Aus at Sydney 2016
13        (+1)       MS Dhoni               Ind         712       50.96     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
14=      (-1)        Jos Buttler           Eng        690       37.81      723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
(-2)        S. Dhawan             Ind         690       42.91     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
16        ( – )        Ross Taylor           NZ         662       43.15      743 v Zim at Harare 2015
17        (+23)     Jason Roy            Eng        648*!    41.53     648 v Ind at Kolkata 2017
18        (+6)       Glenn Maxwell    Aus        643       33.98     735 v Ind at Canberra 2016
19        ( – )        M. Rahim               Ban        642       31.70    671 v Zim at Mirpur 2015
20        (-3)        George Bailey     Aus        636       40.58     867 v SA at Harare 2014

Other selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts        Avge      Highest Rating
23          (+4)       Eoin Morgan       Eng        621       37.63     690 v Aus at The Oval 2010
38          (+42)     Travis Head         Aus        578*!    38.11     578 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
42          (+7)       Ben Stokes           Eng        561!      29.58     561 v Ind at Kolkata 2017
47          (+57)     Kedar Jadhav       Ind         546*!    58.50     546 v Eng at Kolkata 2017
50=        (+9)       Matthew Wade    Aus        540       26.78     553 v Pak at Perth 2017
52          (+4)       Kyle Coetzer       Sco        538*!    40.21     538 v UAE at Dubai 2017
53          (+35)     Sharjeel Khan      Pak        537*!    32.48     537 v Aus at Adelaide 2017
93          (+8)       Babar Hayat         HK         419*!    45.81     419 v Sco at Abu Dhabi 2017
132        (+111)   Hardik Pandya     Ind         310*!    53.33     310 v Eng at Kolkata 2017

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts        Avge     Eco       Highest Rating
1         ( – )        Trent Boult          NZ         718       24.68    4.88      766 v Ind at Delhi 2016
2         (+2)       Mitchell Starc     Aus        713       19.55    4.77      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
3         (-1)        Imran Tahir         SA         712       23.44    4.65      735 v SL at Sydney 2015
4         (-1)        Sunil Narine        WI         711       26.46    4.12      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
5         (+5)       Josh Hazlewood  Aus        672*     24.86    4.66      674 v Pak at Sydney 2017
6         ( – )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        643       28.07    4.36      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
7         ( – )        Matt Henry          NZ         641*     25.10    5.69      675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
8=       ( – )        Kagiso Rabada    SA         628*     25.11    5.24      646 v Aus at Johannesburg 2016
(-3)        Adil Rashid         Eng        628        36.15    5.67      655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016
10        ( – )        M. Nabi               Afg         619!      34.11    4.28      619 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
11        (+1)       Dale Steyn           SA         618        26.62    4.94      746 v Ind at Durban 2013
12        (-3)        Akshar Patel        Ind         615*     30.20    4.38      624 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016
13        (+1)       M. Mortaza          Ban        614       30.33    4.71      653 v Zim at Mirpur 2009
14=      (+1)       Morne Morkel     SA         609       24.60    4.95      717 v SL at East London 2012
(-2)        Amit Mishra        Ind         609*     23.60    4.72      618 v NZ at Visakhapatnam 2016
16        ( – )        Jason Holder        WI         599       31.26    5.51      604 v SL at Bulawayo 2016
17        ( – )        M. Irfan                Pak        583       30.71    4.91      641 v UAE at Napier 2015
18        (+4)       Chris Woakes      Eng        580       34.38    5.71      591 v Pak at Trent Bridge 2016
19=      (+1)       Mirwais Ashraf   Afg        579*!    29.56    4.06      579 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
(-1)        R. Ashwin            Ind         579        32.37    4.91      691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

Other selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team     Pts        Avge     Eco       Highest Rating
21          (+2)       James Faulkner   Aus        572       30.43    5.49      594 v Pak at Melbourne 2017
23          (+6)       Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         561       34.68    4.88      738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
27          (+22)     Pat Cummins       Aus        546*!    24.77    5.47      546 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
45          (+28)     Imad Wasim        Pak        495*     30.00    4.79      497 v Aus at Sydney 2017
46          (+13)     Jasprit Bumrah    Ind         493*!    21.68    4.89      493 v Eng at Kolkata 2017
47=        (-1)        Adam Milne        NZ         492*     40.61    5.16      536 v Pak at Auckland 2016
(+41)     Hasan Ali             Pak        492*!    28.30    5.93      492 v Aus at Adelaide 2017
51        (+43)     M. Amir               Pak         490*     27.13    5.15      508 v Ind at Dambulla 2010
56        (+4)       Adam Zampa       Aus        472*     27.94    5.44      475 v Pak at Sydney 2017
94        (+5)       Safyaan Sharif     Sco        377*!    30.88    4.98      377 v UAE at Dubai 2017
101        (+34)     Jake Ball              Eng        360*!    28.50    6.12      360 v Ind at Kolkata 2017
118        (+15)     Ahmed Raza        UAE      329*!    30.40    3.66      329 v Sco at Dubai 2017
122        (+49)     Hardik Pandya     Ind         324*!    32.88    5.80      324 v Eng at Kolkata 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts        Highest Rating
1            ( – )        S. Al Hasan          Ban        377       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
2         ( – )        A. Mathews         SL          335       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
3         ( – )        M. Nabi               Afg         332       335 v Ban at Mirpur 2016
4         (+1)       James Faulkner   Aus        315       361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
5         (-1)        M. Hafeez            Pak        313       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

 




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