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Steyn reaches Test wickets milestone despite Dhaka washout

There was further good news for the Proteas with career-high gains for spin duo of JP Duminy and Dean Elgar

Steyn reaches Test wickets milestone despite Dhaka washout - Cricket News
World number one Dale Steyn who has joined the illustrious 400-wicket club has increased his lead at the top by two points to 82 over James Anderson.
Duminy and Elgar rise in bowling rankings; Mominul and Mushfiqur make gains despite the rain
 
Despite the Bangladesh-South Africa series finishing 0-0, in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers it was a momentous Test for world number one Dale Steyn who has joined the illustrious 400-wicket club. The 32-year-old Phalaborwa man’s three-wicket haul for 30 runs has increased his lead at the top by two points to 82 over England’s James Anderson. 

In passing the 400-wicket milestone, he is now just 19 wickets adrift of Shaun Pollock’s record Test tally for his country (421). He now lies in 13th place overall and next has Sir Curtly Ambrose’s record (405) in his sights.

There was further good news for the Proteas with career-high gains for spin duo JP Duminy, whose three for 27 has vaulted him nine places to 49th, and Dean Elgar, who has climbed five places to 96th

With only one innings possible because of the adverse weather, the top 20 in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen remains the same, thus preventing Hashim Amla (fourth) or Faf du Plessis (18th) from boosting their respective positions. 

However, Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque has climbed two places to 25th after scoring 40, while skipper Mushfiqur Rahim 15th Test half-century has also vaulted the 28-year-old seven places to 42nd. There were also gains for Imrul Kayes (up one place to a career high 55th) and Nasir Hossain (up two places to 64th).
 
The all-rounder rankings remain unchanged and Shakib Al Hasan has extended his lead at the top by three points to 384, 47 points clear of South Africa’s Vernon Philander.

Meanwhile, the ICC Test Team Rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the fifth Ashes Test and England currently leads the series 2-1. The fourth Test starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday. 

Upcoming Test fixtures
England v Australia
6-10 Aug – 4th Test, Trent Bridge
20-24 Aug – 5th Test, The Oval

Sri Lanka v India
12-16 Aug – 1st Test, Galle
20-24 Aug – 2nd Test, Colombo (PSS)
28 Aug-1 Sept – 3rd Test, Colombo (SSC)

ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 3 August, after Bangladesh-South Africa series)
1.      South Africa               125
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                 47
10.  Zimbabwe                   5
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 3 August, after Bangladesh-South Africa series)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player              Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
   1           ( - )          Steven Smith        Aus         912        56.55     936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   2           ( - )          AB de Villiers        SA           890        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           ( - )          Joe Root                Eng         882        55.02     884 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
   4           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           881        52.48     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   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           ( - )          K. Williamson       NZ          813        45.70     860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9           ( - )          Chris Rogers         Aus         783        43.63     793 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  10         ( - )          David Warner       Aus         762        46.66     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014

Selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player              Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
 18         ( - )          Faf du Plessis        SA           709*      51.55     710 v WI at Port Elizabeth 2014
  25         (+2)         Mominul Haque  Ban        641*      56.00     661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
  27         (-1)          Tamim Iqbal        Ban        626        39.46     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
  28         ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        625        39.76     629 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
  41         ( - )          Dean Elgar            SA           533*!    39.42     533 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  42         (+7)         M. Rahim              Ban        526        32.31     604 v Zim at Mirpur 2014
  43         (-1)          JP Duminy            SA           524        35.55     586 v SL at Galle 2014
  50         (-1)          Mahmudullah      Ban        509!       31.37     509 v SA at Mirpur 2015
  55         (+1)         Imrul Kayes          Ban        455!       27.82     455 v SA at Mirpur 2015
  64         (+2)         Nasir Hossain       Ban        421*      37.34     550 v NZ at Chittagong 2013

Bowlers
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player              Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           905        22.48     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         823        29.38     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=        ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         791        27.78     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
                ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         791        29.67     801 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
   7           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           770        22.13     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           752        30.17     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   9           ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ          713        31.63     799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
  10         ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           705        29.66     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

Selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player              Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  17         ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        614        33.29     700 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  49         (+9)         JP Duminy            SA           342*!    37.17     342 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  53         ( - )          Jubair Hossain     Ban        313*!    30.81     313 v SA at Mirpur 2015
  58         (+1)         Kyle Abbott          SA           286*      19.84     354 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
  60         (+2)         Mahmudullah      Ban        279*      45.40     381 v WI at Grenada 2009
  63         (-14)       Simon Harmer     SA           272*      33.40     346 v Ban at Chittagong 2015
  87         ( - )          M. Rahman          Ban        154*!    14.50     154 v SA at Mirpur 2015
  93         ( - )          Nasir Hossain       Ban        120*      51.62     145 v SL at Chittagong 2014
  96         (+5)         Dean Elgar            SA           105*!    47.00     105 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
All-rounders
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                Team    Points    HS Ranking
  1            ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        384        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           337*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         287        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         283        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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