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England drops to fourth, Pakistan must win Mirpur Test to retain third position in Test rankings

Blackwood, Holder, Hafeez, Asad, Mominul, Imrul and Taijul achieve career-best rankings to date

England drops to fourth, Pakistan must win Mirpur Test to retain third position in Test rankings - Cricket News
Asad Shafiq has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career after rising three places to 18th following his score of 82
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England has slipped one place to fourth in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following its five wickets defeat in the Barbados Test, which has helped the West Indies to level the three-Test series at one-all.
 
England had entered the three-Test series in third place on 104 points, while the West Indies had begun in eighth spot on 76 points. But following Sunday’s result, Alastair Cook’s men have dropped behind Pakistan into fourth position, while the West Indies, after gaining three points, has reduced with gap with seventh-placed India to 14 points.
 
Pakistan, which faces Bangladesh in the second and final Test in Mirpur on Wednesday, must win to retain its latest Test ranking.
 
Should Pakistan succeed in doing so, Misbah-ul-Haq’s side will fall to 102 points but will be ranked above England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. Conversely, a Bangladesh win would see Pakistan drop behind England (102) and New Zealand (99) in fifth position on 96 points, while if the Test isdrawn, then Pakistan will join New Zealand on 99 points but will be ranked above the Black Caps by a fraction of a point.
 
The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings predictor function is available here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.
 
Meanwhile, the annual Test team rankings update like last week’s ODI and T20I tables will be carried out after the Mirpur Test.
 
West Indies v England
 
Jermaine Blackwood is the biggest mover in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following scores of 85 and 47 not out which have helped him leap 31 places to a career-high 37th spot to date. Blackwood enjoyed a match-winning 108-run fifth wicket partnership with Darren Bravo whose second innings contribution of 82 has put him up three places to 29th.
 
Cook’s first innings score of 105 has promoted the England captain five places to 22nd, although there were declines for the likes of Joe Root (down two places to seventh), Gary Ballance (down two places to 19th), Ian Bell (down nine places to 30th) and Jonathan Trott (down six places to 47th).
 
In the bowling rankings, there were significant gains for three West Indies bowlers.
 
Jerome Taylor has moved up 13 places to 36th after claiming match figures of six for 69, Shannon Gabriel’s match tally of three for 63 has vaulted him seven places to 50th position but the biggest mover is Jason Holder whose five for 49 in the match has launched him 30 places to a career-high 51st position.
 
Bangladesh v Pakistan

Double-centurions from the Khulna Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan have made upward movements in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released today.
 
Tamim Iqbal, who scored a Test best 206 and won the player of the match award, has gained eight places to join Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed in 26th place (up by three places), while Mohammad Hafeez’s highest Test score of 224 has propelled him eight places to a career-high 34th to date.

Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career after rising three places to 18th following his score of 82. Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes is also on a charge, having rocketed 24 places to a career-best 67th to date after scores of 51 and 150, while Mominul Haque has also moved up two places to a career-high 23rd position following scores of 80 and 21.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam has moved to a career high 31st after claiming match figures of 6 for 163 although his team-mate Shakib Al Hasan has dropped two places to 15th.
 
Upcoming Test fixture
 
Bangladesh v Pakistan
6-10 May – 2nd Test, Mirpur
 
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 4 May, following West Indies-England series and ahead of Bangladesh-Pakistan second Test)
1.      South Africa               124
2.      Australia                     119
3.      Pakistan                      103
4.      England                      102
5.      New Zealand              99
6.      Sri Lanka                    96
7.      India                           93
8.      West Indies                79
9.      Bangladesh                 32
10.  Zimbabwe                   18

(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 4 May, following West Indies-England series and ahead of Bangladesh-Pakistan second Test)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player               Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
   1           ( - )          K. Sangakkara     SL           909        58.66     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   2           ( - )          AB de Villiers        SA           908        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           891        52.78     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   4           ( - )          Steven Smith        Aus         873!       52.36     873 v Ind at Sydney 2015
   5           (+1)         Angelo Mathews  SL           841        51.50     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   6           (+1)         Kane Williamson NZ          839!       45.96     839 v SL at Wellington 2015
   7           (-2)          Joe Root                                Eng         824        55.00     865 v WI at St George's 2015
   8=        ( - )          Younus Khan       Pak         805        53.24     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
                (+1)         David Warner       Aus         805        48.20     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
  10         (+2)         Virat Kohli            Ind          774        46.30     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player             Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
 11         (-1)          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         773        49.28     842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
  12         (-1)          S.Chanderpaul     WI          750        51.37     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
  18         (+2)         Asad Shafiq          Pak         681!       41.12     681 v Ban at Khulna 2015
  19         (-2)          Gary Ballance      Eng         678*      62.35     702 v WI at St George's 2015
  21         (+1)         Azhar Ali               Pak         659        41.91     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
  22         (+5)         Alastair Cook       Eng         651        46.22     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  23         (+2)         Mominul Haque  Ban        650*!    61.85     650 v Pak at Khulna 2015
  26=       (+8)         Tamim Iqbal        Ban        644        40.18     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
                (+3)         Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         644*      45.70     656 v NZ at Dubai 2014
  29         (+3)         Darren Bravo       WI          634        43.18     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012
  30         (-9)          Ian Bell                  Eng         624        44.57     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  31         (-3)          Marlon Samuels  WI          618        35.83     672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
  34         (+8)         M. Hafeez             Pak         609!       40.33     609 v Ban at Khulna 2015
  35         (-2)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        606!       39.25     606 v Pak at Khulna 2015
  36         (-2)          K. Brathwaite       WI          578*      36.80     591 v Eng at St George's 2015
  37         (+31)      J. Blackwood        WI          575*!    50.36     575 v Eng at Bridgetown 2015
  43         (-5)          M. Rahim              Ban        544        33.02     604 v Zim at Mirpur 2014
  45         (-1)          Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         538*      47.86     554 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
  47         (-6)          Jonathan Trott     Eng         528        44.08     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
  67         (+24)      Imrul Kayes          Ban        419!       26.72     419 v Pak at Khulna 2015

Bowlers
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player              Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           905        22.55     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         847!       29.22     847 v WI at Bridgetown 2015
   3           (-1)          Ryan Harris          Aus         826        23.52     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   4           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           807        29.57     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   5           ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         804        27.84     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   6           ( - )          Trent Boult           NZ          795        27.39     805 v SL at Christchurch 2014
   7           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           780        21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         761        29.97     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   9           ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ          743        30.61     799 v WI at Kingston 2014
  10         ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           727        29.35     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player             Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
  11         ( - )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         717        28.10     855 v Zim at Harare 2013
  15         (-2)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        641        32.24     700 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  16         (+1)         Abdur Rehman    Pak         612*      29.39     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
  17         (-1)          Junaid Khan         Pak         605*      29.88     652 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  26         (-2)          Yasir Shah            Pak         483*      30.63     507 v NZ at Sharjah 2014
  31         (+9)         Taijul Islam          Ban        446*!    27.12     446 v Pak at Khulna 2015
  33         (-2)          Moeen Ali             Eng         427*      29.50     456 v WI at St George's 2015
  35         (-2)          Zulfiqar Babar     Pak         422*      37.55     501 v NZ at Dubai 2014
  36         (+13)      Jerome Taylor      WI          416*      34.35     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009
  39         (+9)         M. Hafeez             Pak         391*!    34.97     391 v Ban at Khulna 2015
  50         (+7)         Shannon Gabriel  WI          332*      34.93     360 v Zim at Dominica 2013
  51         (+30)      Jason Holder        WI          324*!    34.46     324 v Eng at Bridgetown 2015
  54         (+6)         Ben Stokes            Eng         305*      39.20     352 v Ind at Lord's 2014 

All-rounders

 
Rank    (+/-)          Player               Team     Points    HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        388        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          318*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         291        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         259        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
 
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