Azhar Ali moves to 10th position in ICC’s ranking for Test batsmen


11 Dec, 2018 5:48 pm
DUBAI (92 News) – Kane Williamson has become the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the batsman’s ratings.

Kane Williamson has become the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following a stellar performance in the third Test against Pakistan, which helped his side to win their first away series against the Asian side in 49 years.

Williamson scored 89 and 139 in Abu Dhabi last week, which set up New Zealand’s convincing 123-run victory over Pakistan. This performance not only helped Williamson to win the Player of the Match award, but also earn 37 points in the latest player rankings, which, in turn, has allowed him to leapfrog Australia’s Steve Smith into second position on a career-high 913 points.

Richard Hadlee, ICC’s Cricket Hall of Famer, is the only other New Zealand player – with bat or ball – to reach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test rankings. He reached 909 points with the ball following his five for 65 and six for 90 against Australia in Perth in November-December 1985.

As such, Williamson’s 913 points is also the highest points tally to date for New Zealand and he is sandwiched between Ken Barrington (914 points) and Brian Lara (911 points) in 27th position in the all-time list of highest batting-wise ranking points.

While Williamson shone with the bat in Abu Dhabi and was richly rewarded, number-one ranked Virat Kohli managed only three and 34 in his side’s impressive 31-run victory over Australia at the picturesque Adelaide Oval.

As a result, Kohli has conceded 15 points to slip to 920 points, just seven points ahead of Williamson.

With Williamson breathing down Kohli’s neck, the India captain will be under pressure to perform strongly with the bat in the second Test starting in Perth from Friday otherwise he will potentially lose his number-one ranking he has been holding since the Edgbaston Test against England in August.

There was further good news for New Zealand, whose Henry Nicholls has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career. Nicholls scored 126 not out in the second innings and stitched up a 212-run fifth wicket partnership with Williamson as New Zealand set Pakistan a 280-run target after having conceded a 74-run first innings lead.

For this performance, Nicholls has jumped from 17th to ninth by rising eight places to become his side’s second batsman inside the top-10. BJ Watling has also made an upward movement and is now ranked 22nd after gaining four places.

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, who scored centuries for Pakistan in the first innings, have made small gains. Azhar has moved up two places to 10th, while Asad is now 21st after rising one place.

And speaking of the centurions, how can one forget Cheteshwar Pujara, whose knocks of 123 and 71 were the cornerstone of India’s victory. Pujara has now moved ahead of Joe Root and David Warner in fourth position. He trails third-ranked Smith by 55 points, and leads Root by 39 points.

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has achieved a career-high ranking of 33rd, after his three for 47 and three for 68 helped him to rise five places.

Nathan Lyon of Australia, who took eight wickets in the Test, has consolidated his 14th position while reducing the gap with 13th ranked Neil Wagner from 34 points to eight points.

The other two notable movers from the Adelaide Test are Ajinkya Rahane in 17th (up by two places) and Mitchell Starc in 16th (up by two places).

Amongst the newcomers, Australia’s Marcus Harris has entered in 116th batting position, while amongst the bowlers, off-spinner William Somerville of New Zealand has emerged in 63rd spot and Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has popped up in 111th place.

The MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Perth Test.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 11 December, following the conclusion of the Adelaide and Abu Dhabi Tests)

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( – )

Virat Kohli

Ind

920

53.96

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

(+1)

Kane Williamson

NZ

913!

51.56

913 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018

3

(-1)

Steve Smith

Aus

901

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

4

(+2)

C. Pujara

Ind

846

50.48

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

5

(-1)

Joe Root

Eng

807

50.44

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6

(-1)

David Warner

Aus

795

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

( – )

D. Karunaratne

SL

753

37.60

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

8

( – )

Dean Elgar

SA

724

41.05

784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

(+8)

Henry Nicholls

NZ

709*!

39.20

709 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018

10

(+2)

Azhar Ali

Pak

708

44.88

787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

11

(-2)

Aiden Markram

SA

703*

47.27

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

12

(-1)

D. Chandimal

SL

695

44.28

755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

13

(-3)

Usman Khawaja

Aus

677

42.94

747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

14

( – )

Hashim Amla

SA

673

47.23

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

15

( – )

Faf du Plessis

SA

665

42.33

734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

16

(-3)

Ross Taylor

NZ

658

46.08

871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

17=

(-1)

Jonny Bairstow

Eng

653

37.71

772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

(+2)

Ajinkya Rahane

Ind

653

41.40

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

19

(-1)

Jos Buttler

Eng

635!

36.76

635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018

20

( – )

Kusal Mendis

SL

627

36.11

693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( – )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

882

21.71

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2

( – )

James Anderson

Eng

874

26.98

903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018

3

(+1)

Vernon Philander

SA

826

21.54

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4

(-1)

M. Abbas

Pak

821*

16.62

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

5

( – )

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

804

23.50

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

(+1)

R. Ashwin

Ind

786

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

7

(-1)

Pat Cummins

Aus

770*

24.64

800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

8

( – )

Trent Boult

NZ

764

28.14

825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

9

( – )

Yasir Shah

Pak

757

28.26

878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

10

( – )

Jason Holder

Win

751*

28.50

766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

11

( – )

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

749

26.76

863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

12

( – )

Shannon Gabriel

Win

742

29.73

757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

13

( – )

Neil Wagner

NZ

733

28.49

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

14

( – )

Nathan Lyon

Aus

725

32.05

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

15

(-1)

Tim Southee

NZ

706

30.70

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

16

(+2)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

699

28.31

805 v SA at Durban 2018

17

(-1)

Mehidy Hasan

Ban

696*!

29.78

696 v Win at Dhaka 2018

18

(-1)

Stuart Broad

Eng

694

29.04

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

19

( – )

Keshav Maharaj

SA

692*

27.65

695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

20

( – )

Dilruwan Perera

SL

689!

31.49

689 v Eng at Colombo (SSC) 2018

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Highest Rating

1

( – )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2

( – )

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

392

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

( – )

Vernon Philander

SA

370

378 v SL at Galle 2018

4

( – )

Jason Holder

Win

365 /*

381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

5

( – )

Ben Stokes

Eng

342

396 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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