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Batsmen dominate latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings

Herath, Perera and Moeen Ali lead bowlers’ charge

Batsmen dominate latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings - Cricket News
AB de Villiers remains on top of the Test batting rankings with 899 ratings points.

Hashim Amla of South Africa has returned to the top three, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best ranking and Ian Bell of England has earned a place in the top 20 of the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released on Friday morning.

Amla, who scored 139 not out and 25 in Colombo to inspire his side back to the number-one Test ranking, has earned 34 ratings points for his achievement, which has help him leapfrog Australia’s David Warner and Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies into third position.

He now trails second-ranked Kumar Sangakkara by 11 ratings points, while AB de Villiers is sitting on top of the tree on 899 ratings points.

Mathews led his side’s spirited fightback in the second Test when he scored 63 and 63 not out. This performance has given him a lift of four places to a career-high sixth position.

Mahela Jayawardene’s 165 was the cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s 421 in the first innings and for this effort, the former Sri Lanka captain not only won the man of the match award but was also given a rise of four places that has put him in 14th spot.

At Rose Bowl, England’s colossal first innings total of 569 for seven declared revolved around Ian Bell’s 167, Gary Ballance’s 156, captain Alastair Cook’s 95 and debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler’s 85. In the second innings, Cook contributed 70 not out, Ballance chipped in with 38 and Bell scored 23. As such, there were no surprises when the latest rankings reflected significant changes to their respective rankings.

Bell has gained five places to return to the top 20 in 19th position, Ballance has rocketed 16 places to a career-best 31st spot, Cook has moved up seven places to 22nd spot and Buttler has made an entry on the table in 63rd spot.

The only positive news for the India batsmen was the improvement in Ajinkya Rahane’s rankings. The middle-order batsman scored 54 and 52 not out to rise nine places to a career-best 26th position.

Sri Lanka spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera lead the bowlers’ charge in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers while James Anderson and Moeen Ali of England have also headed in the right direction.

Herath had figures of four for 71 and five for 40 and these performances have given him a push of seven places to put him in eight position. Off-spinner Perera had match figures of eight for 129 and he was rewarded with a jump of 10 places that has put him in career-best 29th place.

Anderson, who collected the man of the match award for his five for 53 and two for 24, has moved up one place to seventh, while Moeen’s second innings figures of six for 67 that spun India out for 178 after being set a target of 445, has stormed 34 places to 38th position.

India’s Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also improved their rankings. After gaining three places, Jadeja is now in 25th spot while Kumar is now in 32nd position after rising two places.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn leads the bowlers’ rankings by a distance. The 31-year-old fast bowler took four wickets in the Colombo Test and though he has dropped three ratings points, he still leads his closest rival Ryan Harris of Australia by 33 ratings points.

There is no change in the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders with South Africa’s Vernon Philander leading Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh by one ratings point.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings

Batsmen (top 20)

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

  1          ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         899        51.33    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   2         ( - )        K.Sangakkara      SL          889        58.32    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

   3         (+2)       Hashim Amla      SA         878        51.70    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   4         (-1)        David Warner      Aus        871!      46.54    871 v SA at Cape Town 2014

   5         (-1)        S.Chanderpaul     WI         854        51.88    901 v NZ at Napier 2008

   6         (+4)       Angelo Mathews SL          827!      51.00    827 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2014

   7         (-1)        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        824!      48.75    824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

   8         (-1)        Michael Clarke    Aus        818        51.50    900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

   9         ( - )        Ross Taylor         NZ         795        46.43    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

  10        (-2)        C.Pujara               Ind         771*     54.11    851 v SA at Durban 2013

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

  12        ( - )        Steven Smith       Aus        737*!    40.02    737 v SA at Cape Town 2014

  13        ( - )        Kane Williamson NZ         728!      40.28    728 v WI at Bridgetown 2014

  14        (+4)       M.Jayawardene   SL          704        50.09    883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

  15        (-1)        Virat Kohli          Ind         684        42.37    784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  16=      ( - )        Chris Rogers        Aus        675*     38.14    694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

              (-1)        Joe Root               Eng        675*     45.63    688 v Ind at Lord's 2014

  18        (-1)        Faf du Plessis      SA         657*     50.39    674 v SL at Galle 2014

  19        (+5)       Ian Bell                Eng        655        45.16    822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  20        ( - )        B.McCullum        NZ         651        37.10    724 v Ind at Wellington 2014

Selected rankings

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

  22        (+7)       Alastair Cook      Eng        634        46.00    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  24        (-5)        Murali Vijay        Ind         628        38.79    652 v Eng at Lord's 2014

  26        (+9)       Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         612*!    49.92    612 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2014

  31        (+16)     Gary Ballance      Eng        599*!    62.80    599 v Ind at The Rose Bowl 2014

  34        (-3)        MS Dhoni            Ind         576        38.24    662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

  38        (-7)        JP Duminy           SA         551        36.02    586 v SL at Galle 2014

  43        (-5)        Alviro Petersen   SA         526        35.60    655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

  45        (-8)        Rohit Sharma      Ind         514*     48.90    578 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  47        (+3)       Kaushal Silva      SL          502*     36.17    506 v Eng at Lord's 2014

  53        (+1)       Vernon Philander SA         449*!    27.79    449 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  54        (-1)        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         438*     38.58    475 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  63        (NEW)   Jos Buttler           Eng        404*!    85.00    404 v Ind at The Rose Bowl 2014

  65        (-6)        Dean Elgar           SA         398*     30.26    425 v SL at Galle 2014

  76        ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        371        23.82    505 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  77        (NEW)   N.Dickwella        SL          356*!    44.00    356 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  90        (-15)      B.Kumar              Ind         329*     32.40    373 v Eng at Lord's 2014

  94        (-11)      Moeen Ali           Eng        324*     37.00    341 v Ind at Lord's 2014

  96        (-1)        Quinton de Kock SA         321*!    27.50    321 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  97        (-20)      Upul Tharanga     SL          319*     29.34    508 v Ban at Bogra 2006

  98        (-2)        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         317*     24.00    318 v Eng at Lord's 2014

  102      (-4)        Sam Robson        Eng        294*     32.55    347 v Ind at Trent Bridge 2014

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      Econ      HS Rating

   1         ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         903        22.82    908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

   2         ( - )        Ryan Harris         Aus        870!      22.56    870 v SA at Cape Town 2014

   3         ( - )        Mitchell Johnson Aus        844!      27.42    844 v SA at Cape Town 2014

   4         ( - )        Vernon Philander SA         813        21.09    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

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

   6         ( - )        Tim Southee        NZ         783        29.83    799 v WI at Kingston 2014

   7         (+1)       James Anderson  Eng        781        30.09    813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

  8         (+7)       Rangana Herath   SL          755        30.41    838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

   9         (-2)        Trent Boult          NZ         737*     27.45    767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

  10=      (-1)        Kemar Roach       WI         733!      27.04    733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014

              (-1)        Peter Siddle         Aus        733        29.37    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

Selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      Econ      HS Rating

  13        ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        715        30.66    783 v WI at Lord's 2012

  16        ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         700        30.08    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  25=      (+3)       Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         516*     30.25    570 v SA at Durban 2013

              ( - )        Shaminda Eranga SL          516*     32.42    541 v Eng at Headingley 2014

  29        (+10)     Dilruwan Perera  SL          480*!    28.48    480 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  32        (+2)       B.Kumar              Ind         423*!    28.58    423 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2014

  35        (-4)        Ajantha Mendis   SL          402*     34.77    572 v Ban at Chittagong 2009

  38        (+34)     Moeen Ali           Eng        371*!    32.11    371 v Ind at The Rose Bowl 2014

  39        (-4)        M.Shami              Ind         368*     36.31    422 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  49        (+1)       JP Duminy           SA         327*!    38.15    327 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  54        (-1)        Imran Tahir         SA         285*     47.17    312 v Pak at Dubai 2013

  81        (-1)        Angelo Mathews SL          147*     59.36    151 v SA at Galle 2014

  100      (+9)       Joe Root               Eng        44*       56.25    113 v Aus at Lord's 2013

All-rounders

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating

   1         ( - )        Vernon Philander SA         365*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   2         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        364       404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

   3         ( - )        R.Ashwin             Ind         351*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   4         ( - )        Mitchell Johnson Aus        280       384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

   5         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        265       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