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Warner and Smith achieve career-best rankings

Kohli, Lyon and Vijay also on the rise in latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings

Warner and Smith achieve career-best rankings - Cricket News
Smith is Australia’s second-highest ranked batsman in ICC rankings at No. 8.
Australia’s David Warner and Steven Smith have achieved career-best rankings in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings following stellar performances in the first Test against India, which the home side won by 48 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-Test series.
 
Warner, who scored 145 and 102, has moved up two places to a career-high fourth place in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. In the process, the left-handed opener has also recorded his career-best rating of 880 to date. With the batting form he displayed in Adelaide, Warner has a further chance to move up the order as he trails South Africa’s second-ranked AB de Villiers by eight ratings points. 

Smith’s 162 not out and 52 not out has put him inside the top 10 for the first time in his career. He has gained five places to a career-high eighth position to become Australia’s second-highest ranked batsmen, leapfrogging Michael Clarke (12th).
 
Smith is now two ratings points clear of England’s Joe Root and 27 ratings points adrift of Pakistan’s seventh-ranked Younus Khan. Smith’s current 791 ratings points are also his best to date as the Adelaide Test earned him 61 ratings points.
 
There is some good news for India as well with its stand-in captain Virat Kohli returning to the top 20 and opener Murali Vijay also making an upward movement.
 
Kohli has been rewarded with 85 ratings points for hitting two centuries in the Adelaide Test, which has helped him vault 11 places to 16th position. Kohli had dropped to 26th following the conclusion of the series against England in August and had entered the Adelaide Test in 27th spot.
 
Kohli now trails South Africa’s Faf du Plessis by four ratings points, while 14th-ranked New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is another 14 ratings points ahead.
 
Vijay, who scored 53 and 99, has jumped eight places to 28th position. He can potentially move ahead of 24th-ranked Sarfraz Ahmed, whom he trails by 21 ratings points, depending on how he performs in the second Test, which starts in Brisbane on Wednesday, 17 December.
 
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara comfortably sits on top of the batting table.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has returned to the top 20 after producing man of the match performance.
 
The 27-year-old returned match figures of 12 for 286, including seven for 152 in the second innings, to gain four places in the latest rankings that has put him in 19th position. Lyon had slipped out of the top 20 following the series in the UAE, but he now has 17th ranked Junaid Khan of Pakistan firmly within his sights who is just 19 ratings points ahead.
 
Australia’s Ryan Harris has slipped from second position to fourth, which has moved Rangana Herath and Mitchell Johnson up by one place each. Johnson now leads his new ball partner by three ratings points but trails the Sri Lanka off-spinner by 16 ratings points.
 
The bowling table is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.
 
Meanwhile, Harris has swapped places with team-mate Shane Watson in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders category and is now in sixth spot. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is the number-one ranked all-rounder.

Upcoming fixtures
 
Australia v India
17-21 Dec – 2nd Test, Brisbane
26-30 Dec – 3rd Test, Melbourne
6-10 Jan – 4th Test, Sydney
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 14 December, after the first Test between Australia and India):
 
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           (+2)         David Warner       Aus         880!       50.05     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
   5           (-1)          Angelo Mathews  SL           873!       52.65     873 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   6           (-1)          Hashim Amla       SA           863        51.32     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   7           ( - )          Younus Khan       Pak         818        53.37     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   8           (+5)         Steven Smith        Aus         791!       46.02     791 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
   9           (-1)          Joe Root                Eng         789!       50.94     789 v Ind at The Oval 2014
  10         (-1)          Ross Taylor          NZ          783        45.95     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013


Selected Rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)          Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
 12         (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         755        50.79     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  16         (+11)      Virat Kohli            Ind          703        43.08     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  18         (-1)          C. Pujara               Ind          689        49.15     851 v SA at Durban 2013
  28         (+8)         Murali Vijay         Ind          610        37.91     652 v Eng at Lord's 2014
  33         (-8)          Chris Rogers         Aus         593*      34.78     694 v Eng at Sydney 2014
  39         (-4)          Shane Watson      Aus         558        35.98     729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  47         (-1)          Ajinkya Rahane  Ind          529*      38.94     612 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2014
  50         (-1)          Brad Haddin        Aus         507        33.97     637 v WI at Perth 2009
  52         (-1)          Rohit Sharma       Ind          486*      44.83     578 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  71         (-7)          Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          411*      36.31     475 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  89         ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         334        22.24     477 v Eng at Lord's 2009
  94         (+2)         Mitchell Marsh     Aus         322*!    40.83     322 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
 
Bowlers
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           907        22.56     908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
   2           (+1)         Rangana Herath  SL           851!       29.06     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   3           (+1)         M. Johnson           Aus         835        27.60     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   4           (-2)          Ryan Harris          Aus         832        23.12     870 v SA at Cape Town 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           ( - )          Trent Boult           NZ          762*      27.85     767 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  10         ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ          744        30.67     799 v WI at Kingston 2014
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave       HS Rating
 16         (-2)          Peter Siddle           Aus         667        30.45     816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
  19         (+4)         Nathan Lyon        Aus         601        34.66     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
  21         (-2)          Ishant Sharma     Ind          572        37.25     671 v WI at Dominica 2011
  41         (-4)          Shane Watson      Aus         392*      32.23     633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
  89         (+8)         Varun Aaron        Ind          176*!    50.72     176 v Aus at Adelaide 2014
  92         (-4)          Steven Smith        Aus         166*      50.64     181 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 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          350*/    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         279        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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