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Root back as No.1 ranked Test batsman, Yasir becomes second best bowler in the world

Asad, Prasad, Wahab, Wood and Holder also achieve career-high rankings

Root back as No.1 ranked Test batsman, Yasir becomes second best bowler in the world - Cricket News

England’s batsman Joe Root has regained the number-one batting ranking, while Pakistan’s wrist spinner Yasir Shah has become the second highest-ranked bowler in the world in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning following the conclusion of the Colombo and Dubai Tests.

Root scored 88 and 71 in the Dubai Test, which has helped him reclaim the top spot from Australia captain Steven Smith. Root, who entered the Test trailing Smith by 13 points, now leads the Australian by just three points. This means the Yorkshire batsman will have to perform strongly in the third Test, starting in Sharjah from Sunday, to retain the position he first achieved following the Trent Bridge Test against Australia in August.

Younus Khan, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq have also reaped the rewards of good performances in the Dubai Test, which went down to the wire.

Younus has returned to the top five in fifth position following knocks of 56 and 118, Misbah has moved up five places to 11th following his scores of 102 and 87, and Asad Shafiq has achieved a career-high ranking of 12th after he scored 83 and 87. For this performance, Asad has earned 43 points, which, in turn, has put him ahead of Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis.

The Dubai Test was also a memorable one for Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who has achieved the number-two ranking for the first time in his career. Yasir picked up eight for 180 in Pakistan’s 178 runs victory, which has earned him 25 points. This has, in turn, enabled him to leapfrog the pace trio of England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and New Zealand’s Trent Boult.

Given that Yasir is still in the qualification period for bowlers, it is likely that he will be able to further reduce the 78-point gap with world number-one Dale Steyn if he puts up another solid show in the Sharjah Test.

As many as six other bowlers have also achieved career-best rankings.

Sri Lanka’s Dhammika Prasad has moved up four places to a career-high 15th position following match figures of five for 72, Wahab Riaz of Pakistan has rocketed nine places to a career-high 35th position after match figures of five for 144, Imran Khan’s four wickets in the match have put him in 47th position after gaining seven places, England’s Mark Wood has shot 13 places to 48th spot after match figures of five for 83, West Indies captain Jason Holder has moved up three places to a career-best 49th after taking two wickets in the match and player of the Colombo Test Milinda Siriwardana has jumped 44 places to a career-best 71st spot following figures of two for 26 and three for 25.



Other bowlers inside the top 50 who have made upward movements include Jerome Taylor in 21st (up by three places), Dilruwan Perera in 26th (up by two places), Moeen Ali in 29th (up by two places) and Zulfiqar Babar in 30th (up by four places).

In the ICC Test Team Rankings, there is no change to Sri Lanka and West Indies’ rankings as they continue to hold seventh and eighth positions, respectively.

However, Pakistan has given itself an excellent opportunity to claim second position. However, to make this happen, it will have to win the Sharjah Test. In this scenario, Pakistan will join Australia on 106 points but will be ranked above Australia when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

If England draws level, then both the sides will retain their pre-series rankings and points. In the case of a draw, England will drop to fifth to push both Pakistan and India one place up.

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 Team Rankings (as on October 27, after the conclusion of Sri Lanka-West Indies Test series)

Rank    Team               Points

1          South Africa     125

2          Australia          106

3          England            102

4          Pakistan           101

5          India                100

6          New Zealand    99

7          Sri Lanka          93

8          West Indies      76

9          Bangladesh       47

10        Zimbabwe        05

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 27 October, after Dubai and Colombo Tests)

Batsmen

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

   1          (+1)       Joe Root             Eng        913        56.79    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

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

   3          ( - )         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          (+1)       Younus Khan      Pak         854        54.31    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

   6          (-1)        Angelo Mathews SL          851        51.43    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

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

   8          ( - )         Alastair Cook      Eng        783        47.39    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

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

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

Selected rankings

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

  11         (+5)       Misbah-ul-Haq   Pak         757        48.77    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

  12         (+6)       Asad Shafiq         Pak         746!      43.89    746 v Eng at Dubai 2015

  19         ( - )         Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         689*     46.96    715 v SL at Galle 2015

  23         (-1)        D. Chandimal      SL          660        45.63    670 v WI at Galle 2015

  28         (+1)       Darren Bravo      WI          607        40.91    709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012

  29=      (+3)       M. Hafeez            Pak         587        39.65    609 v Ban at Khulna 2015

               (-1)        D. Karunaratne   SL          587        35.00    619 v WI at Galle 2015

  31         ( - )         Ian Bell                Eng        583        42.94    822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  33         (-3)        Marlon Samuels WI          573        34.82    672 v Zim at Barbados 2013

  37         (-3)        J. Blackwood      WI          542*     39.05    575 v Eng at Barbados 2015

  42         (-4)        Kaushal Silva      SL          523        31.90    638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  43         (+2)       K. Brathwaite      WI          520        33.11    591 v Eng at Grenada 2015

  48         (-5)        Ben Stokes          Eng        490*     30.00    594 v Aus at Lord's 2015

  49         (-1)        Moeen Ali           Eng        467*     28.46    517 v Aus at The Oval 2015

 

Bowlers

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

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

   2          (+3)       Yasir Shah           Pak         827*!    24.55    827 v Eng at Dubai 2015

   3          ( - )         James Anderson Eng        824        29.20    847 v WI at Barbados 2015

   4          (-2)        Stuart Broad        Eng        817        29.40    852 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   5          (-1)        Trent Boult          NZ          814        27.12    825 v Eng at Lord's 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          751        29.49    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

  14         (-1)        Kemar Roach      WI          642        28.21    774 v SA at Centurion 2014

  15         (+4)       D. Prasad             SL          632*!    35.97    632 v WI at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  21         (+3)       Jerome Taylor     WI          583*     32.99    717 v Eng at Jamaica 2009

  26         (+2)       Dilruwan Perera SL          521*     29.56    531 v Pak at Galle 2014

  29         (+2)       Moeen Ali           Eng        469*     38.01    480 v Aus at Cardiff 2015

  30         (+4)       Zulfiqar Babar    Pak         466*     38.93    501 v NZ at Dubai 2014

  33         (-1)        Shaminda Eranga              SL          441*     34.86    541 v Eng at Headingley 2014

  35         (+9)       Wahab Riaz         Pak         431*!    32.81    431 v Eng at Dubai 2015

  36         (-3)        Ben Stokes          Eng        429*     39.93    442 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2015

  44         (-2)        Devendra Bishoo              WI          383*     38.05    426 v Ind at Delhi 2011

  47         (+7)       Imran Khan         Pak         372*!    28.10    372 v Eng at Dubai 2015

  48         (+13)     Mark Wood         Eng        369*!    34.40    369 v Pak at Dubai 2015

  49         (+3)       Jason Holder       WI          365*!    33.31    365 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  50         (-3)        C. Welegedara    SL          360*     41.32    492 v SA at Durban 2011

 

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          ( - )         Vernon Philander              SA          337*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   4          ( - )         Stuart Broad        Eng        301       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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