Fast bowlers lead the charge in Test rankings

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05 Feb, 2019 5:21 pm
DUBAI (92 News) – Windies bowlers Holder, Gabriel and Roach among top 12; Cummins grabs career-best second position while other Australia paceman Starc rockets 10 places to 15th.

Windies captain Jason Holder and Australia’s Pat Cummins led a charge of the fast brigade in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after their sides completed commanding victories over England and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Holder’s five wickets in the Antigua Test have lifted him four places to a career-best sixth position after the Windies scored an impressive 10-wicket win over England to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Holder, who last week became the first Windies player since ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sir Gary Sobers to top the list of Test all-rounders, added another feather to his cap by reaching a tally of 778 rating points, the highest by any Windies bowler since the retirement of Courtney Walsh in 2001.

The Player of the Match in Antigua though was Kemar Roach, who grabbed four wickets in each innings. He was rewarded with a jump of eight slots to 12th position, just one place behind his compatriot Shannon Gabriel, who advanced one slot.

The presence of three Windies bowlers in the top 12 is reminiscent of the dominance of their pace bowlers in the past, and the best since they had four in the top 12 in mid-1996 – Curtley Ambrose (first), Courtney Walsh (fifth), Ian Bishop (seventh) and Kenny Benjamin (12th).

Australia fast bowlers too have made a mark in the latest rankings update. Pat Cummins has reached a career-best second position after taking four wickets in the Canberra Test while new-ball bowler Mitchell Starc’s Player of the Match haul of 10 wickets has lifted him 10 places to 15th position after the 366-run victory.

Other bowlers to improve in the latest rankings update include Moeen Ali of England (up two places to 28th) and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia (up 20 places to a career-best 54th).

In the rankings for batsmen, Usman Khawaja has gained three slots to reach 13th position after an unbeaten 101 in the second innings while his teammate Travis Head has gained a whopping 23 slots to reach a career-best 20th position after scores of 161 and 59 not out.

The Windies batsmen to advance include Kraigg Brathwaite (up one place to 33rd), Shane Dowrich (up two places to 45th), Shai Hope (up five places to 46th) and Darren Bravo (up two places to 55th) after his determined 50 in 342 minutes.

For England, Jonny Bairstow’s first-innings half-century has helped him push up two places to 23rd position while wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has gained eight places to reach 64th in the list.

Meanwhile, there has been no change in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, which are updated at the end of each series. Australia though have gained three points after winning the two Tests against Sri Lanka. They remain in fifth position with 104 points while Sri Lanka have lost two points but stay ahead of Pakistan with 89 points.

Sri Lanka, however, face the prospect of slipping behind Pakistan during an upcoming two-Test tour of South Africa should they suffer another series loss. On the other hand, second-placed South Africa risk losing their second position, depending on how results pan out in that series as well as the last match of the Windies-England series in St Lucia.

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MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 5 February after the Australia-Sri Lanka series)

RANK  TEAM POINTS
1. India 116
2. South Africa 110
3. England 108
4. New Zealand 107
5. Australia 104 (+3)
6. Sri Lanka 89 (-2)
7. Pakistan 88
8. West Indies 70
9. Bangladesh 69
10. Zimbabwe 13
11. Afghanistan 0
12. Ireland 0


MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 5 February, after the Antigua and Canberra Tests)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 922 53.76 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 ( – ) K. Williamson NZ 897 51.44 915 v SL at Wellington 2018
3 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 881 51.18 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
4 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 857 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
5 (+2) Henry Nicholls NZ 763*! 43.54 763 v SL at Christchurch 2018
6 ( – ) David Warner Aus 756 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
7 (+1) Aiden Markram SA 741* 45.96 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
8 (-3) Joe Root Eng 740 49.23 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
9 ( – ) Hashim Amla SA 711 47.33 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
10 (+1) Dean Elgar SA 693 40.1 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
20 (+23) Travis Head Aus 644*! 51 644 v SL at Canberra 2019
23 (+2) Jonny Bairstow Eng 642 37.29 772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
33 (+1) K. Brathwaite Win 596 35.35 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
45 (+2) Shane Dowrich Win 535! 29.88 535 v Eng at Antigua 2019
 46= (+5) Shai Hope Win 534 28.88 653 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017
 53= (+2) Tim Paine Aus 509* 35.14 528 v Ind at Melbourne 2018
55 (+2) Darren Bravo Win 508 39.23 709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012
58 (+6) Moeen Ali Eng 474 30.28 655 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
64 (+8) Ben Foakes Eng 451* 41.5 507 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.41 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
2 (+1) Pat Cummins Aus 878*! 22.02 878 v SL at Canberra 2019
3 (-1) James Anderson Eng 860 26.97 903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 809 21.73 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 794 23.68 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
6 (+4) Jason Holder Win 778*! 27.69 778 v Eng at Antigua 2019
7 (-1) Trent Boult NZ 771 27.9 825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
8 (-1) M. Abbas Pak 770* 18.86 838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
9 (-1) Tim Southee NZ 767 29.93 799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
10 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 763 25.43 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
11 (+1) S. Gabriel Win 732 29.64 757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12 (+8) Kemar Roach Win 730 27.41 774 v SA at Centurion 2014
15 (+10) Mitchell Starc Aus 719 28.2 805 v SA at Durban 2018
28 (+2) Moeen Ali Eng 609 37.07 633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017
53 (+12) Alzarri Joseph Win 288*! 31.27 288 v Eng at Antigua 2019
54 (+20) M. Labuschagne Aus 285*! 27.11 285 v SL at Canberra 2019


All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 448/*! 448 v Eng at Antigua 2019
2 ( – ) S. Al Hasan Ban 415 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
3 ( – ) R. Jadeja Ind 387 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 (+1) V. Philander SA 341 377 v SL at Galle 2018
5 (-1) Ben Stokes Eng 331 395 v Win at Lord’s 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.

 




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