Smith becomes second youngest player to top ICC Test batting chart

15 Jun, 2015 4:01 pm

LAHORE – Australia’s Steven Smith has become the second youngest batsman after Sachin Tendulkar of India to achieve the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after stellar batting displays in the Kingston Test, which Australia won by 277 runs to win the series 2-0, said a press release issued by the ICC.

Despite missing out on what would have been his first double century in his 28th Test, Smith has leapfrogged Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa duo of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla following scores of 199 and 54 not out in the latest rankings, which were released on Monday morning. However, Sangakkara will have a chance to reclaim his number-one ranking when he features in the series against Pakistan, which starts in Galle on Wednesday.

It has been a meteoric rise for Smith who, at 26 years and 12 days, is only a few months short of Tendulkar, who had topped the batting chart for the first time in 1999 at the age of 25 years and 279 days.

In achieving the landmark, Smith has also become the 23rd Australia batsman to date to top the batting table, with the last being captain Michael Clarke in January 2013. Steve Waugh spent 94 Tests as number-one – more than any other Australia batsman – while Don Bradman spent a record 6,320 days as the top-ranked batsman – more than anyone else in the history of the game.

Meanwhile, Clarke has moved up one place to 14th in the latest batting table, while Adam Voges has moved up five places to 60th. For the West Indies, Jason Holder has continued his fine run of recent form with the bat and his 82 not out in the first innings has helped him launch 21 places to a career-high 67th.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have also achieved career-best rankings to date.

Starc has moved up four places to 21st after match figures of four for 84, while Hazlewood has also gained four places following match figures of seven for 56 and is now in 27th spot.

For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor’s match figures of six for 71 have elevated him 13 places to 22nd.

In the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, Australia has retained its second position on 111 points, 19 points behind leader South Africa and 14 ahead of fifth-placed England.

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Meanwhile, shuffling of the pack is on the cards as Sri Lanka and Pakistan go head to head in a three-Test series in Galle on Wednesday.

In a tightly-packed middle of the Reliance ICC Test Championship, Pakistan trails third-ranked New Zealand by two points and is in sixth place (level on 97 points with India and England), while Sri Lanka is one point behind in seventh position.

If Pakistan wins all the three Tests, then it would vault into third place on 105 points, while a 2-1 win would also see Misbahul Haq’s side move into third place on 101 points.


In contrast, Sri Lanka can also gain as many as eight points and move into third position on 104 points if it sweeps the series. Angelo Mathews’ side will rise to third on 100 points if it wins 2-1.

ICC Test Championship table

Rank   Team              Points
1          South Africa   130
2          Australia         111
3          New Zealand   99
4          India                97
5          England           97
6          Pakistan          97
7          Sri Lanka        96
8          West Indies     81
9          Bangladesh     41
10        Zimbabwe       5

ICC Test Player Rankings 

Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
1          (+3)       Steven Smith       Aus        913!      56.23    913 v WI at Jamaica 2015
2          (-1)        K. Sangakkara     SL          909       58.66    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
3          (-1)        AB de Villiers     SA          908       52.09    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
4          (-1)        Hashim Amla      SA          891       52.78    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
5          ( – )         Angelo Mathews SL          841       51.50    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
6          ( – )         Younus Khan      Pak         836       53.75    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
7          ( – )         Joe Root               Eng        815       54.11    872 v NZ at Lord’s 2015
8          ( – )         K. Williamson     NZ          813       45.70    860 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
9          (+2)       Misbah-ul-Haq   Pak         770       49.18    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
10         (-1)        David Warner     Aus        757       46.82    880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
Selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
11         (-1)        Virat Kohli          Ind         755       45.73    784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
13         ( – )         Azhar Ali             Pak         727       44.23    753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
14         (+1)       Michael Clarke   Aus        726       50.66    900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
19         ( – )         Asad Shafiq         Pak         696!      41.92    696 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
20         (+3)       Murali Vijay       Ind         689!      41.75    689 v Ban at Fatullah 2015
21         (-1)        Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         673*!    47.65    673 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
22         (+4)       Ajinkya Rahane  Ind         666*!    47.00    666 v Ban at Fatullah 2015
24         (-2)        Mominul Haque Ban        653*     58.75    661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
27         ( – )         Tamim Iqbal        Ban        627       39.67    707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
29         (-1)        Shakib Al Hasan Ban        615       39.72    629 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
31         (-1)        Darren Bravo      WI          591       41.22    709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012
33         ( – )         M. Hafeez            Pak         579       39.34    609 v Ban at Khulna 2015
38         (+5)       J. Blackwood      WI          540*     41.26    575 v Eng at Barbados 2015
40         ( – )         Ahmed Shehzad Pak         532*     47.86    554 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
41         ( – )         Kaushal Silva      SL          531*     34.86    541 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
42         ( – )         Shane Watson     Aus        525       35.40    729 v Eng at Perth 2010
44         (-8)        K. Brathwaite      WI          520       33.85    591 v Eng at Grenada 2015
45         (+15)     Shikhar Dhawan Ind         519*!    41.50    519 v Ban at Fatullah 2015
48         (-3)        M.Rahim              Ban        501       31.96    604 v Zim at Mirpur 2014
49         (-1)        D. Chandimal      SL          497*     44.08    571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts          Ave        HS Rating
1          ( – )         Dale Steyn           SA          905       22.55    909 v WI at Centurion 2014
2          ( – )         James Anderson Eng        824       29.42    847 v WI at Barbados 2015
3          (+1)       Trent Boult          NZ          814       27.12    825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
4          (-1)        Ryan Harris         Aus        810       23.52    870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
5          (+1)       Rangana Herath  SL          807       29.57    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
6          (-1)        M. Johnson          Aus        803       27.58    849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
7          ( – )         Stuart Broad        Eng        782       29.77    783 v WI at Lord’s 2012
8          ( – )         V. Philander        SA          780       21.95    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
9          ( – )         Morne Morkel    SA          727       29.35    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
10         ( – )         Tim Southee        NZ          713       31.63    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
Selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
12         (+1)       R. Ashwin            Ind         686       30.20    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
13         (-1)        Kemar Roach      WI          669       27.83    774 v SA at Centurion 2014
15         ( – )         Junaid Khan        Pak         623*     29.61    652 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
16         (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan Ban        619       33.08    700 v Zim at Khulna 2014
18         ( – )         Nathan Lyon       Aus        595       34.73    648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
19         ( – )         Ishant Sharma     Ind         567       37.43    671 v WI at Dominica 2011
20         ( – )         Yasir Shah           Pak         559*!    28.37    559 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
21         (+4)       Mitchell Starc     Aus        545*!    32.20    545 v WI at Jamaica 2015
22         (+13)     Jerome Taylor     WI          530*     33.45    717 v Eng at Jamaica 2009
27         (+4)       Josh Hazlewood Aus        506*!    19.08    506 v WI at Jamaica 2015
28         (-2)        Dilruwan Perera SL          501*     30.08    531 v Pak at Galle 2014
33         (RE)       Harbhajan Singh Ind         454       32.32    765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
35         (-2)        M. Hafeez            Pak         422*!    33.87    422 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
36         (-2)        Zulfiqar Babar    Pak         418*     37.55    501 v NZ at Dubai 2014
37         (+1)       Shane Watson     Aus        413*     33.05    633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
43         (-6)        Taijul Islam         Ban        381*     33.17    446 v Pak at Khulna 2015
46         (-2)        Umesh Yadav     Ind         367*     38.06    412 v Aus at Melbourne 2014

All-rounders

Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating
1           ( – )         Shakib Al Hasan Ban       381       419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
2          ( – )         V. Philander        SA         341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
3          ( – )         R. Ashwin            Ind        336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
4          ( – )         M. Johnson          Aus       283       384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
5          ( – )         Stuart Broad        Eng       267       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.
!indicates career-highest rating

 




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