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Craig, McCullum, Taylor and Williamson continue ascent after Sharjah victory

Ross Taylor remains the highest-ranked New Zealand batsman

Craig, McCullum, Taylor and Williamson continue ascent after Sharjah victory - Cricket News
Ross Taylor is the highest-ranked New Zealand batsman moving up one place to ninth after scoring 50.
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New Zealand cricketers Mark Craig, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have continued to progress in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings following the side’s innings and 80 runs  victory over Pakistan in the third Test at Sharjah on Sunday.
 
Black Caps’ captain Brendon McCullum has vaulted five places to 14th position in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released on Monday, following his double century (202) in New Zealand’s record innings tally of 690 against Misbah-ul-Haq’s side. 

Ross Taylor remains the highest-ranked New Zealand batsman, and he has moved up one place to ninth after scoring 50, while Kane Williamson’s highest Test score of 192 has moved the 24-year-old up four places to a career-high 12th place. Mark Craig climbed 19 places to 77th after his score of 65.
 
Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq has moved up three places to 18th after scores of 11 and 137, while his team-mate Mohammad Hafeez has moved up 12 places to 40th after his innings of 197 and 24.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, New Zealand’s Trent Boult has moved up one place to ninth position after taking four wickets for 92 runs in the match. Mark Craig’s maiden 10-wicket haul in a Test (10 for 203) has seen the off-spinner vault 30 places to a career high 58th position, while Ish Sodhi has moved up three places to a career high 71stafter match figures of three for 158.
 
For Pakistan, Yasir Shah gained three places and is now in a career high 27th following his match figures of four for 193. Rahat Ali, meanwhile, moved up nine places to a career high 44th after claiming four wickets for 99.

The batting table continues to be headed by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, while Dale Steyn leads the bowlers’ list. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the number-one ranked all-rounder.
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 1 December, after Sharjah Test):
 
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           (+1)         David Warner       Aus         858        47.47     875 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   7           (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         818        53.37     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   8           (+1)         Joe Root                Eng         789!       50.94     789 v Ind at The Oval 2014
   9           (+1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          783        45.95     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  10         (-2)          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         777        49.15     842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player                      Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
 12         (+4)         Kane Williamson NZ          751!       41.21     751 v Pak at Sharjah 2014
  14         (+5)         B. McCullum        NZ          721        38.19     724 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  18         (+3)         Asad Shafiq          Pak         673        40.23     680 v SA at Cape Town 2013
  20         (-3)          Azhar Ali               Pak         651        41.31     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
  23         (-5)          Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         631*      43.78     656 v NZ at Dubai 2014
  40         (+12)      M. Hafeez             Pak         553        37.71     595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2012
  41         (-5)          Tom Latham        NZ          546*      46.07     569 v Pak at Dubai 2014
  48         (-3)          B-J Watling           NZ          520        34.97     574 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2014
  65         (RE)        Daniel Vettori       NZ          427        30.00     672 v Pak at Napier 2009
  77         (+19)      Mark Craig           NZ          378*!    42.71     378 v Pak at Sharjah 2014
  82         (+7)         Corey Anderson   NZ          360*      30.46     367 v Ind at Auckland 2014

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           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         774        29.90     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   8           ( - )          Kemar Roach       WI          768!       25.98     768 v Ban at St Lucia 2014
   9           (+1)         Trent Boult           NZ          762*      27.85     767 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  10         (-1)          Tim Southee         NZ          744        30.67     799 v WI at Kingston 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                      Team     Points     Ave       HS Rating
  27         (+3)         Yasir Shah            Pak         507*!    26.29     507 v NZ at Sharjah 2014
  32         (RE)        Daniel Vettori       NZ          475        34.36     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000
  35         (-7)          Zulfiqar Babar     Pak         439*      34.18     501 v NZ at Dubai 2014
  44         (+9)         Rahat Ali               Pak         376*!    36.67     376 v NZ at Sharjah 2014
  50         (-1)          M. Hafeez             Pak         347*      35.23     358 v SA at Cape Town 2013
  58         (+30)      Mark Craig           NZ          315*!    41.24     315 v Pak at Sharjah 2014
  71         (+3)         Ish Sodhi               NZ          251*!    52.81     251 v Pak at Sharjah 2014
  76         (-7)          Corey Anderson   NZ          237*      36.38     377 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  84         (-6)          Kane Williamson NZ          204*      40.66     291 v Eng at Headingley 2013
  92         ( - )          Bruce Martin        NZ          157*      53.83     289 v Eng at Wellington 2013
  93         (-16)       M. Talha               Pak         156*      56.00     241 v SL at Galle 2014

All-rounders
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points    HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        398        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          357*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   3           ( - )          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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