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Amla, Philander, Rogers and Vijay make upward movements

Opportunity for Sri Lanka to finish in top four at the annual cut-off date

Amla, Philander, Rogers and Vijay make upward movements - Cricket News
Amla's double hundred helped him rise to third in the latest rankings for Test batsmen.
South Africa captain Hashim Amla’s double-century against the West Indies in the Centurion Test has helped him return to the top three of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
 
Amla scored 208 and featured in a 308-run fourth wicket partnership with AB de Villiers (152), a performance that has helped him rise three places to third in the latest rankings, which were release on Saturday following the conclusion of Brisbane and Centurion Tests.
 
Amla now trails de Villiers by 10 ratings points, while he leads fourth-ranked Angelo Mathews by 21 ratings points. West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul has slipped two places to fifth and is now 26 points adrift of his South Africa counterpart.
 
Also making an upward movement from the Centurion Test is Vernon Philander, South Africa’s fast bowler. Philander, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2004 in Bangladesh, has moved up three places to third in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after figures of four for 29 and one for six.
 
Dale Steyn of South Africa has not only retained his number-one ranking, but while taking six for 34 in the second innings, he has achieved his career-best rating of 909 ratings points.
 
In doing so, he has joined compatriot Shaun Pollock (vs England, 25/11/1999), Richard Hadlee of New Zealand (vs Australia, 30/11/1985) and Pakistan’s Waqar Younis (vs Zimbabwe, 9/12/1993) who touched a career-high 909 ratings points.
 
From the Brisbane Test between Australia and India, Steven Smith, Murali Vijay, Chris Rogers and Ajinkya Rahane have made upward movements.
 
Smith, in his debut Test as Australia captain, scored 133 and 28, and has, therefore, moved up one place to seventh position. He how trails team-mate David Warner, who has fallen two places, by 31 ratings points.
 
Vijay, who scored 144 and 27, has gained eight places in the latest rankings to claim 20th position for the first time in his career. He now trails Virat Kohli, who has dropped three places to 19th in the batting chart, by 13 ratings points.
 
Two half-centuries in the Test have given Rogers a lift of five places and he is now in 28th spot, while Rahane’s 81 and 10 has earned him six places, which has put him in 41st position.
 
The batting table is headed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, with de Villiers in second position.
 
Philander and Mitchell Johnson have gained a place each on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders and are now sitting in second and fourth positions, respectively. The list is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.
 
Meanwhile, South Africa is now just one win away from sealing the number-one Test team ranking. If it wins the series, then it will retain the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship Mace as well as collecting a cash award of USD500,000. If South Africa beats the West Indies by 1-0 or better, then it will cement its place at the top of the tree, irrespective of how Australia-India or Sri Lanka-New Zealand series pans out.
 
The side that finishes second will receive USD390,000, while the third and fourth ranked sides will pocket USD280,000 and USD170,000, respectively.
 
Although the annual cut-off date for the Test team rankings is 1 April, the South Africa-West Indies series is one of the last three Test series to be played before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 starts on 14 February with the final scheduled on 29 March.
 
New Zealand hosts Sri Lanka in a two-Test series from 26 December in Christchurch with the visitors aware that if they have to finish inside the top four at the 1 April cut-off date, then they’ll have to win the series.
 
A 1-0 series win will put Sri Lanka on equal points with Pakistan but ahead in fourth position by 0.17 ratings point, while a 2-0 win will give it third position – one ratings point ahead of England.
 
In contrast, if the series ends in a draw, then Sri Lanka will slip to 100 ratings points and New Zealand will rise to 95 ratings points. A 1-0 win will put New Zealand on 98 ratings points as compared to Sri Lanka’s 97, while a 2-0 win will leave New Zealand on 99 ratings points while Sri Lanka will drop to 96 ratings points.
 
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the rankings table, please click here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings tables, is updated after the conclusion of a series.
 
Upcoming Test fixtures
 
Australia v India
26-30 Dec – 3rd Test, Melbourne
6-10 Jan – 4th Test, Sydney

South Africa v West Indies
26-30 Dec – 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
2-6 Jan – 3rd Test, Cape Town
 
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
26-30 Dec – 1st Test, Christchurch
3-7 Jan – 2nd Test, Wellington
 
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 21 December. The Test Championship table is only updated at the conclusion of a series)
 
Rank     Team               Rating     
1            South Africa        124       
2            Australia                             117
3            England                104       
4            Pakistan               103      
5            Sri Lanka             101       
6            India                     96         
7            New Zealand        94         
8            West Indies          75         
9            Bangladesh          32         
10          Zimbabwe            18         
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 21 December, Brisbane and Centurion Tests, and before the start of Boxing Day Tests)
 
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         904        51.72    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3         (+3)       Hashim Amla      SA         894       52.56    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   4         (+1)       Angelo Mathews SL          873!      52.65    873 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   5         (-2)        S.Chanderpaul     WI         868        52.74    901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   6         (-2)        David Warner      Aus        849        48.98    880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
   7=       ( - )        Younus Khan       Pak        818       53.37    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
              (+1)       Steven Smith       Aus        818!      47.75    818 v Ind at Brisbane 2014
   9         ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        789!      50.94    789 v Ind at The Oval 2014
  10        ( - )        Ross Taylor         NZ         783        45.95    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

Selected Rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
  16        (-1)        Faf du Plessis      SA         681*     50.48    707 v Zim at Harare 2014
  17        (+1)       C. Pujara              Ind         673        48.26    851 v SA at Durban 2013
  19        (-3)        Virat Kohli          Ind         666        41.78    784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  20        (+8)       Murali Vijay        Ind         653!      39.78    653 v Aus at Brisbane 2014
  28        (+5)       Chris Rogers        Aus        616*     35.94    694 v Eng at Sydney 2014
  35        (-4)        MS Dhoni            Ind         583        38.11    662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
  41        (+6)       Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         543*     39.57    612 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2014
  45=      (-1)        Marlon Samuels  WI         537        34.46    672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
              (-6)        Shane Watson      Aus        537        35.51    729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  47        (-1)        Alviro Petersen   SA         525        35.68    655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013
  48        (+1)       K. Brathwaite      WI         522*!    37.40    522 v SA at Centurion 2014
  50        (+1)       R. Ashwin            Ind         495*     37.92    527 v Eng at Old Trafford 2014


Bowlers
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
   1         ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         909!      22.44    909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2         ( - )        Rangana Herath   SL          851!      29.06    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   3         (+3)       Vernon Philander SA         827        20.96    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   4=       (-1)        Mitchell Johnson Aus        824        27.71    849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
              ( - )        Ryan Harris         Aus        824        23.12    870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   6         (-1)        James Anderson  Eng        806        29.72    813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
   7=       ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        774        29.90    783 v WI at Lord's 2012
              (+1)       Kemar Roach       WI         774!      25.98    774 v SA at Centurion 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
  12        ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         713        29.66    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  14        (-1)        R. Ashwin            Ind         673        29.30    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
  19        ( - )        Nathan Lyon        Aus        602        34.40    648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
  20        (+1)       Ishant Sharma      Ind         594        36.88    671 v WI at Dominica 2011
  21        (-1)        Sulieman Benn    WI         568*     36.55    574 v Ban at St Lucia 2014
  41        (+1)       Mitchell Starc     Aus        393*     36.22    432 v Eng at The Oval 2013
  42        (-1)        Shane Watson      Aus        390*     32.71    633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
  45        (RE)       Umesh Yadav      Ind         371*     32.08    385 v Aus at Melbourne 2011
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    HS Rating
   1         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        398       419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2         (+1)       Vernon Philander SA         366*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3         (-1)        R. Ashwin            Ind         333*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4         (+1)       Mitchell Johnson Aus        304       384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5         (-1)        Stuart Broad        Eng        296       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

*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 more information, go to www.icc-cricket.com/team-rankings/test.

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