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Pakistan aims to consolidate third position in Test rankings

New Zealand can potentially move to fifth place

Pakistan aims to consolidate third position in Test rankings - Cricket News
A drawn series will result in Pakistan swapping positions with England, while New Zealand will improve its rankings point by one.
Shakib tops all-rounders’ list following Bangladesh’s win in Khulna Test

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Third-ranked Pakistan has a chance to reduce the gap further on second-ranked Australia in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankingswhen it faces New Zealand in the three-Test series, which starts at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
 
A 3-0 series win over New Zealand will earn Misbah-ul-Haq’s side five ratings points, thus reducing Australia’s lead to seven points. A 2-0 win for the hosts will see them reduce the deficit to nine points, while a 1-0 victory will see Pakistan gain a solitary ratings point.
 
A drawn series will result in Pakistan swapping positions with England, while New Zealand will improve its rankings point by one.
 
In contrast, a one-nil victory for seventh-placed New Zealand see it leapfrog India into sixth position with Pakistan dropping to fifth position. A 2-0 win will push New Zealand into fifth place with Pakistan slipping to sixth spot.
 
South Africa’s current seven-point lead at the summit will not be affected, however, the top of the table could see movement when South Africa welcome West Indies in a three-Test series, and MS Dhoni’s India travels Down Under to face Australia in a four-Test series. Both the series start next month.
 
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The Test Ranking Table, unlike the ODI and T20I Rankings tables, is updated after every series.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Pakistan will be looking to their in-form batsmen – sixth-placed Younus Khan and Misbah (eighth). Batsmen sitting outside the top 15 and aiming for upward movements include Azhar Ali (17th), Asad Shafiq (22nd) and Sarfraz Ahmed (33rd).
 
Ross Taylor, in ninth position, is New Zealand’s highest-ranked batsman and he will be keen to gain ground on Misbah, who is 23 points ahead of him. Kane Williamson (13th) and Brendon McCullum (19th) will also both be aiming to head in the right direction.
 
In the Reliance ICC Players Rankings for Test Bowlers, New Zealand currently has two bowlers well-positioned to improve their ratings. This includes Tim Southee, the seventh-ranked bowler who earlier in the week was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year. Trent Boult is in 11th spot and just 10 points away from returning to the top 10.
 
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe
 
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has become the top-ranked all-rounder in the Reliance ICC Players Rankings for Test All-Rounders after joining the exclusive company of England’s Ian Botham and Imran Khan of Pakistan by scoring a century and taking 10 wickets in the match.
 
In doing so, Shakib displaced India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and has also moved up six places to 30th in the batting rankings and four places to a career-high 14th position in the bowling rankings.
 
There were a number of upward movements in the rankings arising from Bangladesh’s 162 runs victory in Khulna, with the home side’s Momimul Haque moving up a place to a career-high 32nd position. Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza is the highest mover by 24 places to 43rd place after scores of 158 and 61.
 
Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam has improved his rankings by eight places to 33rd after accumulating match figures of six wickets for 140. Tinashe Panyangara is Zimbabwe’s highest-ranked bowler after moving up three places to a career high 41st position, while Malcolm Waller has propelled 67 places to 78th position after claiming six wickets in the match.
 
Having clinched the series with one Test remaining, Bangladesh can already look forward to moving up the Test team rankings once the series is complete following the Third Test which starts on Wednesday in Chittagong.

Upcoming fixtures
 
Pakistan v New Zealand
9-13 Nov – 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
17-21 Nov – 2nd Test, Dubai
26-30 Nov – 3rd Test, Sharjah
 
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe
12-16 Nov – Third Test, Chittagong
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 8 November, before the start of Pakistan-New Zealand Test series)
 
Rank     Team               Rating     
1            South Africa       124       
2            Australia             117
3            Pakistan              105       
4            England              104      
5            Sri Lanka            101       
6            India                     96         
7            New Zealand        93         
8            West Indies          75         
9            Zimbabwe            39         
10          Bangladesh          19          

(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 8 November, after the second Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe):
 
Batsmen
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
   1         ( - )        K. Sangakkara     SL          915       58.76    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   2         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         888       51.02    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3         ( - )        S.Chanderpaul     WI         887       53.10    901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   4         ( - )        Angelo Mathews SL          873!      52.65    873 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   5         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         863       51.32    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   6         ( - )        Younus Khan       Pak        860       53.49    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   7         ( - )        David Warner      Aus        858       47.47    875 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   8         ( - )        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        818       49.38    824 v SL at Sharjah 2014
   9         ( - )        Ross Taylor         NZ         795       46.43    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  10        ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        789!      50.94    789 v Ind at The Oval 2014
  11        ( - )        Michael Clarke    Aus        755       50.59    900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  12        ( - )        Steven Smith       Aus        730       40.39    737 v SA at Cape Town 2014
  13        ( - )        Kane Williamson NZ         728!      40.28    728 v WI at Bridgetown 2014
  14        ( - )        Faf du Plessis      SA         707*!    52.58    707 v Zim at Harare 2014
  15        ( - )        M. Jayawardene  SL          702       49.84    883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
  16        ( - )        C. Pujara              Ind         691       49.26    851 v SA at Durban 2013
  17        (+1)       Azhar Ali             Pak        671       41.22    753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
  18        (+1)       Ian Bell                Eng        652       45.00    822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  19        (+1)       B. McCullum       NZ         651       37.10    724 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  20        (-3)        Brendan Taylor   Zim        649*     35.80    684 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
  22        ( - )        Asad Shafiq         Pak        634       37.68    680 v SA at Cape Town 2013
  30        (+6)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        599       38.14    603 v WI at Khulna 2012
  32        (+1)       Mominul Haque  Ban        590*!    56.61    590 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  33        (-1)        Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak        578*!    39.43    578 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2014
  34        (-5)        M. Rahim            Ban        575       33.56    604 v Zim at Mirpur 2014
  37        (+5)       Tamim Iqbal        Ban        566       36.70    707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
  39        (-1)        BJ Watling          NZ         556       37.11    574 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2014
  43        (+24)     H. Masakadza      Zim        532*!    29.50    532 v Ban at Khulna 2014
  46        (-1)        Jimmy Neesham  NZ         519*!    64.00    519 v WI at Bridgetown 2014
  51        (+6)       Mahmudullah      Ban        497!      30.97    497 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  57        (-2)        Ahmed Shehzad  Pak        456*     38.71    472 v Aus at Dubai 2014
  64        (-1)        M. Hafeez            Pak        421       33.16    595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2012
  85=      (+1)       H. Rutherford      NZ         334*     27.08    454 v Eng at Wellington 2013
              (+1)       Corey Anderson  NZ         334*     32.70    367 v Ind at Auckland 2014
  87        (-19)       Sikandar Raza     Zim        333*     30.00    406 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  92        (+33)     Regis Chakabva   Zim        318*!    24.35    318 v Ban at Khulna 2014
  98        (-8)        Malcolm Waller  Zim        297*     23.29    334 v Pak at Harare 2013
 
Bowlers
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
  1          ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         907       22.56    908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
   2         ( - )        Ryan Harris         Aus        853       22.56    870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   3         ( - )        Rangana Herath   SL          851!      29.06    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   4         ( - )        M. Johnson          Aus        844       27.47    849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   5         ( - )        James Anderson  Eng        806       29.72    813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
   6         ( - )        V. Philander        SA         785       21.57    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   7         ( - )        Tim Southee        NZ         783       29.83    799 v WI at Kingston 2014
   8         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        774       29.90    783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   9         ( - )        Kemar Roach       WI         768!      25.98    768 v Ban at St Lucia 2014
  10        ( - )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        747       28.10    855 v Zim at Harare 2013
  11        ( - )        Trent Boult          NZ         737*     27.45    767 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  12        ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         710       28.65    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
  13        ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         707       29.90    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  14        (+4)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        700!      30.92    700 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  15=      (-1)        Peter Siddle         Aus        691       30.20    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
              (-1)        Pragyan Ojha       Ind         691       30.26    773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012
  17        (-1)        Junaid Khan         Pak        639*     28.83    652 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  18        (-1)        Abdur Rehman    Pak        637*     29.39    739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
  19        ( - )        Ishant Sharma      Ind         588       36.75    671 v WI at Dominica 2011
  20        ( - )        Sulieman Benn    WI         574*!    35.60    574 v Ban at St Lucia 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points     Ave       HS Rating
  23        ( - )        Neil Wagner        NZ         549*!    33.89    549 v WI at Bridgetown 2014
  33        (+8)       Taijul Islam         Ban        425*!    23.04    425 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  37        (-1)        Yasir Shah           Pak        400*!    17.25    400 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2014
  41        (+3)       T. Panyangara      Zim        388*!    26.37    388 v Ban at Khulna 2014
  42        (-2)        Zulfiqar Babar     Pak        385*!    31.65    385 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2014
  45        ( - )        Doug Bracewell   NZ         364*     36.26    538 v WI at Kingston 2012
  54        ( - )        M. Hafeez            Pak        324*     33.94    358 v SA at Cape Town 2013
  57        (-2)        Tendai Chatara    Zim        306*     29.25    360 v SA at Harare 2014
  60        (-2)        S. Hossain            Ban        284*     51.76    438 v Ind at Chittagong 2010
  63        ( - )        S. Masakadza      Zim        275*     29.28    308 v Ban at Harare 2013
  66        ( - )        Corey Anderson  NZ         268*     30.54    377 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  67        ( - )        Mahmudullah      Ban        254*     47.35    381 v WI at St George's 2009
  72        ( - )        Rahat Ali             Pak        236*     43.00    271 v Zim at Harare 2013
  74        ( - )        M. Talha              Pak        234*     40.88    241 v SL at Galle 2014
  77        (+1)       Ish Sodhi              NZ         223*     46.57    225 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2014
  78        (+67)     Malcolm Waller  Zim        217*!    22.00    217 v Ban at Khulna 2014
  80        ( - )        Mark Craig          NZ         207*     40.83    256 v WI at Kingston 2014
  87        (+3)       H. Masakadza      Zim        169*     27.09    249 v Ban at Harare 2013
  88        (-2)        Imran Khan          Pak        163*!    30.40    163 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2014
  89        (-2)        Bruce Martin       NZ         162*     53.83    289 v Eng at Wellington 2013
  90        ( - )        Rubel Hossain     Ban        154*     78.79    161 v Zim at Harare 2013
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points    HS        Rating
   1         (+2)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        419!      419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2         (-1)        R. Ashwin            Ind         357*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   3         (-1)        V. Philander        SA         348*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   4         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        296       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
   5         ( - )        M.Johnson           Aus        281       384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

* 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
 
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