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Anderson joins Yasir Shah as number-two ranked Test bowler

Root slips to third in batting table as Hafeez earns career-best ranking

Anderson joins Yasir Shah as number-two ranked Test bowler - Cricket News

·         Shoaib Malik finishes Test career in 67th batting and 44th bowling spots

·         Second-ranked Pakistan a fraction of a point ahead of Australia

England’s James Anderson and Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan are the biggest movers in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released this morning following the conclusion of the Sharjah Test.

Anderson returned figures of four for 17 and two for 52 for which he has earned 22 points, which, in turn, has put him alongside player of the series, Yasir Shah, in second place. The wrist-spinner earned 19 points after taking seven wickets in the match. The two bowlers are now on equal points on 846 – 59 points behind South Africa’s number-one ranked Dale Steyn.

Pakistan’s left-arm fast bowler Rahat Ali has also gained five places and is now on a career-high 36th position after contributing three wickets in Pakistan’s 127 runs victory.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Australia captain Steve Smith has regained the number-one ranking and AB de Villiers of South Africa has moved into second position as Joe Root’s has dropped two places to third after conceding 27 points.

Apart from Root, Younus Khan has slipped one place to sixth, Asad Shafiq has dropped one place to 12th, Azhar Ali has lost three places to 20th and Ian Bell has fallen one place to 31st.

However, Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan has reason to be cheerful as his contributions of 27 and 151 have helped him vault four places to a career-best 24th position. He was also adjudged player of the Sharjah Test. Hafeez had started the series in 33rd position and has gained nine places after earning 79 points during the course of the series.

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has hung up his boots in 67th batting and 44th bowling spots. Shoaib lost 15 places in the batting chart after scores of 38 and 0, but gained 57 places after recording match figures of 24.5-7-59-7.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has retained his 10th position in the batting chart but has steered his side second position in the ICC Test Championship. Pakistan last achieved number-two spot under Inzamam-ul-Haq in August 2006, immediately prior to losing the series in England.

Pakistan very briefly enjoyed number-one position under Imran Khan in 1988 and remained the second-ranked side for much of the early 1990s.

Third-ranked Australia trails Pakistan by a fraction of a point but will reclaim second position if it beats New Zealand by 1-0 or better. In this scenario, England will also move ahead of New Zealand in fifth position as the two sides are currently locked on 99 points each.

The player rankings will now be updated at the end of Brisbane and Mohali Tests, while the ICC Test Championship will be updated following the Adelaide Test.

ICC Test Championship (as on 6 November, after the conclusion of Pakistan-England Test series)

Rank   Team               Points

1          South Africa    125

2          Pakistan           106
3          Australia          106
4          India                100

5          New Zealand   99

6          England           99
7          Sri Lanka         89
8          West Indies      81
9          Bangladesh      47
10        Zimbabwe        5

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 6 November, after the conclusion of Pakistan-England Test series)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

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

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

   3           (-2)          Joe Root                                Eng         886         54.90     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

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

   5           (+1)         Angelo Mathews  SL           851         51.43     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

   6           (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         826         53.94     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

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

   8           ( - )          Alastair Cook       Eng         803         47.47     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

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

  10         ( - )          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         764         48.89     842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

Other selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      HS Rating

  12         (-1)          Asad Shafiq          Pak         726         43.28     746 v Eng at Dubai 2015

  17         (+1)         Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         691*      46.28     715 v SL at Galle 2015

  20         (-3)          Azhar Ali               Pak         673         43.37     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

  24         (+4)         M. Hafeez             Pak         642!       40.85     642 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

  31         (-1)          Ian Bell                  Eng         574         42.69     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  46         ( - )          Ben Stokes            Eng         463*      28.58     594 v Aus at Lord's 2015

  47         ( - )          Moeen Ali             Eng         462*      27.76     517 v Aus at The Oval 2015

  67         (-15)       Shoaib Malik        Pak         390*      35.14     547 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2009

  72         (+1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         375         23.27     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      HS Rating

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

   2=        (+1)         James Anderson  Eng         846         28.96     847 v WI at Barbados 2015

                ( - )          Yasir Shah            Pak         846*!    24.17     846 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

   4           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         840         29.12     852 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   5           ( - )          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

Other selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      HS Rating

  29         ( - )          Moeen Ali             Eng         485*!    38.14     485 v Pak at Sharjah 2015

  30         ( - )          Zulfiqar Babar     Pak         477*      38.82     501 v NZ at Dubai 2014

  36         (+5)         Rahat Ali               Pak         422*!    36.25     422 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

  38         (-3)          Wahab Riaz         Pak         409*      34.16     431 v Eng at Dubai 2015

  40         (-4)          Ben Stokes            Eng         402*      40.44     442 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2015

  44         (+57)      Shoaib Malik        Pak         377*!    47.46     377 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

  95         (-4)          Joe Root                                Eng         134*      44.66     196 v Aus at Lord's 2015

101         (-4)          Adil Rashid           Eng         97*        69.50     117 v Pak at Dubai 2015

All-rounders (top three)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating

   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

 

*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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