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Bangladesh eyes points boost as South Africa bids to extend Test rankings lead

Steyn on cusp of 400 Test wickets milestone

Bangladesh eyes points boost as South Africa bids to extend Test rankings lead - Cricket News
Although Bangladesh cannot improve its position in the table, it will be aiming to reduce eighth placed West Indies’ 40-point lead.

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Ninth-ranked Bangladesh faces South Africa, the number one ranked side in the ICC Test Team Rankings, in the first game of a two-Test series which starts in Chittagong on Tuesday, with the home side bidding to close the gap on the West Indies.

Although Bangladesh cannot improve its position in the table, it will be aiming to reduce eighth placed West Indies’ 40-point lead.

South Africa currently leads the way on 130 points, 19 points clear of second placed Australia, and irrespective of the outcome in this series and the ongoing Ashes, will remain in pole position. However, should the Proteas lose the series 2-0 then it will drop 11 ratings points to 119, while a 1-0 loss would see its points tally drop by nine to 121. In either of those scenarios, Bangladesh would improve its ratings points by 12 (if it wins the series 2-0) or 10 (1-0). 

In the event of a 1-1 series draw, Bangladesh would rise to 47 points, while South Africa would drop to 125 points.

The following are the permutations for the forthcoming series:

Bangladesh (41 pts) v South Africa (130 pts)

·         If Bang wins 2-0, then Bang 53 pts, SA 119 pts

·         If Bang wins 1-0, then Bang 51 pts, SA 121 pts

·         If SA wins 2-0, then Bang 40 pts, SA 132 pts

·         If SA wins 1-0, then Bang 42 pts, SA 130 pts

·         If the series is drawn 1-1, then Bang 47 pts, SA 125 pts

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the rankings table, please click here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.

ICC Test Player Rankings

Proteas paceman Dale Steyn heads into the series in number one position on 905 points in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers and the 32-year-old has a significant 82-point advantage over England’s James Anderson. Steyn could reach the 400-wicket milestone during this series and the Phalaborwa man currently lies on 396 wickets in 78 Tests to date. He is one of three South Africans inside the top 10, alongside sixth-placed Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel (ninth).

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is his side’s highest ranked bowler in 15th place on 619 points, with the other bowlers inside the top 50 for the hosts heading into the series is another left-arm spinner Taijul Islam (42nd).

With South Africa’s AB de Villiers unavailable for this series, his skipper Hasim Amla has the chance to gain a rankings boost in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Amla lies in third place on 891 points, 10 adrift of Australia’s Steven Smith who himself could improve his tally in the second Ashes Test which will be nearing completion at Lord’s by the time this series starts. De Villiers currently holds a seven-point lead over Smith in the rankings.

Faf du Plessis is the next best ranked South Africa batsman in 18th place and Bangladesh’s leading batsmen heading into the series are Mominul Haque (24th), Tamim Iqbal (27th) and Shakib (29th). 

Shakib is the leading all-rounder on either side in the ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders heading into the two-match series and he goes into the series with a 40-point advantage over Philander, who is in second on 341 points.

Upcoming Test fixtures

Bangladesh v South Africa
21-25 Jul – 1st Test, Chittagong
30 Jul-3 Aug – 2
nd Test, Mirpur
 

England v Australia
16-20 Jul – 2nd Test, Lord’s
29 Jul-2 Aug – 3
rd Test, Edgbaston
6-10 Aug – 4
th Test, Trent Bridge
20-24 Aug – 5
th Test, The Oval

 

ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 19 July, ahead of Bangladesh-South Africa Test series)

1.      South Africa               130

2.      Australia                     111

3.      Pakistan                      101

4.      New Zealand              99

5.      India                           97

6.      England                      97

7.      Sri Lanka                    92

8.      West Indies                 81

9.      Bangladesh                 41

10.  Zimbabwe                   5

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 19 July, ahead of Bangladesh-South Africa Test series)

Batsmen

Rank     Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating

   1           AB de Villiers        SA           908        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   2           Steven Smith        Aus         901        55.27     913 v WI at Jamaica 2015

   3           Hashim Amla       SA           891        52.78     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   4           Joe Root                                Eng         884!       56.06     884 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

   5           K. Sangakkara     SL           874        58.04     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

   6           Angelo Mathews  SL           860        51.67     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

   7           Younus Khan       Pak         829        54.07     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

   8           Kane Williamson NZ          813        45.70     860 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   9           Virat Kohli            Ind          755        45.73     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  10         David Warner       Aus         749        46.47     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014

Selected Rankings

Rank      Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating

  18         Faf du Plessis        SA           704*      51.67     710 v WI at Port Elizabeth 2014

  24         Mominul Haque  Ban        653*      58.75     661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

  27         Tamim Iqbal        Ban        627        39.67     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

  29         Shakib Al Hasan Ban        615        39.72     629 v Pak at Mirpur 2015

  40         JP Duminy            SA           545        36.57     586 v SL at Galle 2014

  49         Dean Elgar            SA           506*!    37.65     506 v WI at Cape Town 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         823        29.39     847 v WI at Barbados 2015

   3           Trent Boult           NZ          814        27.12     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   4           Yasir Shah            Pak         810*!    24.81     810 v SL at Pallekele 2015

   5           Stuart Broad         Eng         801!       29.59     801 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

   6           V. Philander          SA           780        21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   7           M. Johnson           Aus         766        28.01     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014

   8           Rangana Herath  SL           752        30.17     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

   9           Morne Morkel      SA           727        29.35     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  10         Tim Southee         NZ          713        31.63     799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

Selected Rankings

Rank      Player                 Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating

 15          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        619        33.08     700 v Zim at Khulna 2014

  42         Taijul Islam          Ban        381*      33.17     446 v Pak at Khulna 2015

  58         JP Duminy            SA           302*      39.34     327 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  61         Kyle Abbott          SA           292*      19.84     354 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

  64         Jubair Hossain     Ban        278*      33.46     305 v Zim at Chittagong 2014

  67         Mahmudullah      Ban        263*      46.41     381 v WI at Grenada 2009

  68         Simon Harmer     SA           256*!    21.85     256 v WI at Cape Town 2015

All-rounders

Rank      Player                  Team      Points     HS Rating

   1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        381        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014

   2           V. Philander          SA           341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   3           R. Ashwin              Ind          336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   4           M. Johnson           Aus         294        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

   5           Stuart Broad         Eng         268        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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