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Double-centurions Cook and Shoaib on the charge

Root leapfrogs de Villiers into second spot; Chandimal, Karunaratne and Prasad achieve career-best rankings after Galle Test

Double-centurions Cook and Shoaib on the charge - Cricket News
Cook’s marathon 836 minutes of batting was the third longest in Tests, during which he scored 263 runs.

England captain Alastair Cook has been rewarded for playing the longest innings for his country by earning a place in the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released a day after the Abu Dhabi and Galle Tests.

Cook’s marathon 836 minutes of batting was the third longest in Tests, during which he scored 263 runs from 528 balls, as England was held to a draw after finishing at 74 for four while chasing 99 runs for victory.

Cook’s effort not only earned him the player of the match award but also gave him a jump of six places, which has put him inside the top 10 in eighth position. He now trails Pakistan’s sixth-ranked Younus Khan by 31 points, who celebrated the Abu Dhabi Test by becoming Pakistan’s leading run-getter.

The Test was also a memorable one for Shoaib Malik, who scored a double-century after missing 42 Tests for Pakistan. Shoaib has returned to the batting rankings just outside the top 50 in 53rd position.

Joe Root retained his fine form with the bat, which has helped him stay on course for reclaiming the number-one ranking. The Yorkshireman scored 85 and 33 not out, and, as a result, he has not only leapfrogged South Africa’s AB de Villers into second position but has reduced the gap with top-ranked Steven Smith to just 13 points.

There were career-best rankings for Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne, who played leading roles in their side’s an innings and six runs victory over the West Indies in Galle.

Chandimal scored 151, which has given him a lift of six places for a career-best 22nd spot, while opener Karunaratne’s 186 has vaulted him 10 places to a career-high 28th position.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England’s James Anderson has returned to the top three in third position after rising two places. The Lancastrian took four wickets in the match, which has allowed him to narrow the gap with team-mate Stuart Broad to just 12 points.

Adil Rashid shrugged off the disappointment of remaining wicketless in the first innings by claiming five for 64 as he has entered the bowling chart in 96th position, while Shoaib Malik has returned in 93rd spot after claiming four wickets in the match.

Rangana Herath, who spun the West Indies out for 251 and 227 with figures of six for 68 and four for 79, has retained his ninth position but has earned 40 points. This means he now has Australia’s sixth-ranked Mitchell Johnson firmly within his sights as 17 points now separate the two bowlers.

Herath’s team-mate and fast bowler, Dhammika Prasad, meanwhile, has achieved a career-high ranking of 19th. Prasad took four wickets in the match, which has help him gain three places in the latest rankings.

Other bowlers to head in the right direction during the Abu Dhabi and Galle Test include, Ben Stokes 33rd (up by eight places), Wahab Riaz 44th (up by two places) and Nuwan Pradeep 55th (up by two places).

The bowlers’ list is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

There is no change in the top five all-rounders, however, Stokes has moved up four places to a career-high seventh position, while Angelo Mathews has slipped out of the top 10 in 11th spot.

 

ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 18 October, after Abu Dhabi and Galle Tests)

 

Batsmen

 

Rank   (+/-)     Player             Team  Points  Avge   HS Ranking

   1       ( - )      Steven Smith   Aus      910      56.27  936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   2       (+1)     Joe Root          Eng      897      55.90  917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3       (-1)      AB de Villiers SA       890      52.09  935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   4       ( - )      Hashim Amla  SA       881      52.48  907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   5       ( - )      A. Mathews    SL       864      52.01  877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

   6       ( - )      Younus Khan  Pak      819      53.92  880 v SL at Lahore 2009

   7       ( - )      K. Williamson NZ       813      45.70  860 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   8       (+6)     Alastair Cook  Eng      788      47.49  874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

   9       (-1)      David Warner Aus      775      46.78  880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014

  10      (-1)      Chris Rogers   Aus      761      42.87  793 v Eng at Lord's 2015

 

Selected rankings

 

Rank   (+/-)     Player                         Team  Points  Avge   HS Ranking

  16      (-3)      Misbah-ul-Haq            Pak      705      47.69  842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

  18      (+1)     Asad Shafiq                Pak      703      42.57  746 v SL at Galle 2015

  19      (-3)      Sarfraz Ahmed            Pak      682*   47.44  715 v SL at Galle 2015

  22      (+6)     D. Chandimal              SL       670*!  47.23  670 v WI at Galle 2015

  28      (+10)   D. Karunaratne           SL       619!    36.42  619 v WI at Galle 2015

  29      ( - )      Darren Bravo              WI       595      41.20  709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012

  30      (-3)      Marlon Samuels          WI       594      35.32  672 v Zim at Barbados 2013

  31      ( - )      Ian Bell                       Eng      589      43.14  822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  32      (+1)     M. Hafeez                   Pak      588      39.76  609 v Ban at Khulna 2015

  34      (+3)     J. Blackwood              WI       574*   42.47  575 v Eng at Barbados 2015

  43      ( - )      Ben Stokes                  Eng      518*   31.43  594 v Aus at Lord's 2015

  45      ( - )      K. Brathwaite             WI       512      33.50  591 v Eng at Grenada 2015

  48      (-2)      Moeen Ali                   Eng      505*   30.57  517 v Aus at The Oval 2015

  53      (RE)    Shoaib Malik               Pak      447*   37.02  547 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2009

  58      (-5)      Denesh Ramdin          WI       434      26.10  493 v NZ at Barbados 2014

  65      (-7)      Jos Buttler                   Eng      409*   32.78  494 v NZ at Headingley 2015

  68      (-4)      Jonny Bairstow           Eng      400*   26.21  461 v Aus at Durham 2013

 

Bowlers

 

Rank   (+/-)     Player                         Team  Points  Avge   HS Ranking

   1       ( - )      Dale Steyn                  SA       905      22.48  909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   2       ( - )      Stuart Broad               Eng      831      29.23  852 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3       (+2)     James Anderson          Eng      819      29.27  847 v WI at Barbados 2015

   4       (-1)      Trent Boult                  NZ       814      27.12  825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   5       (-1)      Yasir Shah                   Pak      802*   24.81  810 v SL at Pallekele 2015

   6       ( - )      Mitchell Johnson         Aus      773      27.94  849 v Pak at Dubai 2014

   7       ( - )      Vernon Philander        SA       770      22.13  912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   8       ( - )      R. Ashwin                   Ind      760      28.44  808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   9       ( - )      Rangana Herath          SL       756      29.68  851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

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

 

Selected rankings

 

Rank   (+/-)     Player                         Team  Points  Avge   HS Ranking

  19      (+3)     D. Prasad                    SL       600*!  37.51  600 v WI at Galle 2015

  24      ( - )      Jerome Taylor              WI       541*   33.44  717 v Eng at Jamaica 2009

  31      (-1)      Moeen Ali                   Eng      448*   37.68  480 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

  33      (+8)     Ben Stokes                  Eng      442*!  38.36  442 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2015

  34      (-1)      Zulfiqar Babar             Pak      436*   39.57  501 v NZ at Dubai 2014

  41      (-1)      Rahat Ali                     Pak      397*   37.27  399 v SL at Pallekele 2015

  42      (+1)     Devendra Bishoo        WI       396*   37.29  426 v Ind at Delhi 2011

  44      (+2)     Wahab Riaz                 Pak      379*   33.34  389 v SL at Galle 2015

  52      (+1)     Jason Holder               WI       333*!  35.41  333 v SL at Galle 2015

  55      (+2)     Nuwan Pradeep          SL       316*!  46.44  316 v WI at Galle 2015

  57      (-3)      Shannon Gabriel         WI       309*   37.03  360 v Zim at Dominica 2013

  61      (-2)      Mark Wood                 Eng      289*   38.85  306 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

  69      (-4)      T. Kaushal                   SL       258*   44.20  295 v Ind at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  93      (RE)    Shoaib Malik               Pak      132*   56.52  142 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2010

  96      (NEW) Adil Rashid                 Eng      112*!  45.40  112 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2015

 

All-rounders

 

Rank   (+/-)     Player                         Team  Points  HS Ranking

   1       ( - )      Shakib Al Hasan         Ban      384     419 v Zim at Khulna 2014

   2       ( - )      R. Ashwin                   Ind      347     419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   3       ( - )      V. Philander                SA       337*/ 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   4       ( - )      Stuart Broad               Eng      297     382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

   5       ( - )      Mitchell Johnson         Aus      263     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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