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Misbah-ul-Haq at career-best sixth in batting

Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad move up; Junaid Khan enters top 20 in bowling

Misbah-ul-Haq at career-best sixth in batting - Cricket News
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has moved up two places to a career-best sixth position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

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Pakistan’s thrilling series-levelling five-wickets win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah, has resulted in a number of its players moving upwards in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests.

Leading the charge was Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has moved up two places to a career-best sixth in theReliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

The latest rankings update was released on Tuesday, a day after Misbah allied with Azhar Ali to fashion a thrilling chase on the final day.

Misbah is now on 824 ratings points, just two ahead of Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara who dropped down a place to seventh. Misbah, who ended as the second highest run-getter in the series with 364 runs, scored 63 and 68 not out in both innings of the Sharjah Test.

Azhar Ali, player of the Match in the Sharjah Test for his knock of 103 in the second innings, has moved up three places to 22nd in the batting table.

First-time century maker and the only other centurion in the Test, Ahmed Shehzad, has rocketed 66 places to a best-ever 67th, following his knock of 147 in the first innings. Shehzad’s opening partner Khurram Manzoor in 57th position, has also moved up by three places.

Younus Khan in tenth place continued to be the only other Pakistan batsman in the top 10.

For Sri Lanka the only good news was in the form of captain Angelo Mathews who moved up a place to a best-ever 12th, after having scored 91 in the first innings of the Test.

Mathews was named Player of the Series for being the highest run-getter with 412 runs.

Mahela Jayawardena in 18th is the other Sri Lanka batsman in the top 20, while outside the top 20, Prasanna Jayawardena in 49th has moved up by three places. Dilruwan Perera has entered the batting table in 78th position.

Meanwhile, Pakistan spinner Abur Rehman has moved up a place to career-best 13th on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers in one of the only two positive changes in the top 20. Rehman picked up four for 56 in the second innings of the Sharjah Test.

But the most impressive jump was that of paceman Junaid Khan, who has moved up three places to 18th, to make the top 20 for the first-time ever. Junaid finished as the highest wicket-taker on either side with 14 wickets in the series.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s pace duo of Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal have also moved up on the bowlers’ table. Eranga is now in a career-best 41st (up by four), while Lakmal has moved up three places to a best-ever 63rd.

Sri Lanka'’s Rangana Herath in fourth place is the highest ranked bowler on either side, with Saeed Ajmal trailing him in fifth place just two ratings points behind on 787.

The batting table is still headed by South Africa’s AB de Villiers with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place. The bowlers’ table is topped by South Africa’s Vernon Philander, with teammate Dale Steyn in second position.

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as of 21 January, after the Sharjah Test)

Batsmen

Rank    (+/-)        Player               Team         Pts       Ave      HS Rating

  1           ( - )          AB de Villiers        SA           912!       51.71     912 v Ind at Durban 2013

   2           ( - )          S.Chanderpaul     WI          876         51.93     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

   3           ( - )          Ross Taylor          NZ          871!       47.51     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

   4           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           868         51.34     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   5           ( - )          C Pujara                                Ind          851*!    66.25     851 v SA at Durban 2013

   6           (+2)         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         824!       48.75     824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

   7           (-1)          K Sangakkara      SL           822         56.35     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

   8           (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         817         51.40     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

   9           ( - )          Graeme Smith      SA           785         49.56     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

  10         ( - )          Younus Khan       Pak         759         51.38     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

  11         ( - )          Virat Kohli            Ind          739*      44.32     748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

  12         (+1)         Angelo Mathews  SL           709!       45.29     709 v Pak at Sharjah 2014

  13         (-1)          Chris Rogers         Aus         694*!    40.42     694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

  14         ( - )          David Warner       Aus         683         40.93     741 v Eng at Perth 2013

  15         ( - )          Ian Bell                  Eng         682         45.41     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  16         ( - )          Alastair Cook       Eng         677         46.51     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  17         ( - )          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         674         47.28     909 v WI at Headingley 2007

  18         ( - )          M Jayawardena   SL           664         49.47     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

  19         ( - )          Jonathan Trott     Eng         641         46.45     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

  20         ( - )          Darren Bravo       WI          636         44.68     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank     (+/-)        Player                 Team      Pts         Ave      HS Rating

  22         (+3)         Azhar Ali               Pak         625        39.14     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

  25         (-3)          Asad Shafiq          Pak         612         36.60     680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

  45         (-3)          D Chandimal        SL           515*      47.20     571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  49         (+3)         P Jayawardena    SL           475         31.22     510 v Eng at Galle 2012

  57         (+3)         K Manzoor           Pak         433*      31.12     467 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2013

  60         (-1)          Kaushal Silva       SL           421*!    32.58     421 v Pak at Sharjah 2014

  67         (+66)      Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         403*!    45.50     403 v SL at Sharjah 2014

78          (NEW)    Dilruwan Perera   SL           380*!    51.50     380 v Pak at Sharjah 2014

  81         (-2)          D Karunaratne     SL           364*!    29.68     364 v Pak at Sharjah 2014

Bowlers

Rank    (+/-)        Player                 Team      Pts       Ave      HS Rating

   1           ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           909         18.00     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   2           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           901         22.90     908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

   3           ( - )          Ryan Harris          Aus         866*!    21.56     866 v Eng at Sydney 2014

   4           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           789         29.99     838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

   5           ( - )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787         27.46     855 v Zim at Harare 2013

   6           ( - )          Peter Siddle           Aus         779         28.68     816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

   7           ( - )          R Ashwin               Ind          759         28.50     808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   8           ( - )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         743         28.33     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

   9           ( - )          Pragyan Ojha       Ind          741         30.26     773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

  10=       ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         729         30.31     783 v WI at Lord's 2012

                ( - )          Trent Boult           NZ          729*!    26.54     729 v WI at Hamilton 2013

  12         ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           707         29.91     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  13         (+1)         Abdur Rehman    Pak         705*      27.75     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

  14         (-1)          Tim Southee         NZ          699!       31.44     699 v WI at Hamilton 2013

  15         ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         683         30.67     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

  16         ( - )          Kemar Roach       WI          649*      27.71     712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

  17         ( - )          Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         627*      28.50     757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

  18         (+3)         Junaid Khan         Pak         623*!    29.07     623 v SL at Sharjah 2014

  19         (-1)          Nathan Lyon        Aus         618         32.52     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

  20         (-1)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        614         32.60     680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

Selected Rankings

Rank    (+/-)         Player                  Team      Pts           Ave      HS Rating

  41         (+4)         Shaminda Eranga                 SL         392*!    34.09     392 v Pak at Sharjah 2014

  63         (+3)         Suranga Lakmal    SL         264*!    53.75     264 v Pak at Sharjah 2014

  75         (RE)        M Talha                                  Pak       212*!    36.00     212 v SL at Sharjah 2014

All-rounders

Rank    (+/-)        Player                  Team      Pts       HS Rating

   1           ( - )          R Ashwin               Ind          388*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   2           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        362        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

   3           ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           335*/ !  335 v Ind at Durban 2013

   4           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         291        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

   5           ( - )          Shane Watson      Aus         260/*    394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

* 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

 

For information on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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