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Career high gains for Ashwin and Hazlewood after Nagpur and Adelaide Tests

Smith and Root level at top of batting rankings

Career high gains for Ashwin and Hazlewood after Nagpur and Adelaide Tests
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Mishra, Tahir and Bracewell amongst bowlers to ascend

There has been a reshuffle at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, with career-high gains for India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Australia’s Josh Hazlewood following their side’s victories in Nagpur and Adelaide, pushing the duo into second and 10th places, respectively.

Hazlewood produced man of the match figures of nine wickets for 136 runs as Australia clinched the three-Test series 2-0 inside three days in the inaugural day/night Test. In doing so, the 24-year-old also passed the 50-wickets milestone (53 wickets in 12 Test matches to date) and soared 10 places to 10th.

Ashwin, meanwhile, claimed 12 for 98 in the match to spin his side to a 124 runs victory in Nagpur and India could move as high as second place in the ICC Test Championship if it wins the fourth Test which starts on Friday, 3 December in New Delhi. Ashwin’s ascent means that James Anderson and Yasir Shah drop to joint third on 846 points, while Stuart Broad falls to fifth. Despite dropping three places to 18th, there was good news for Peter Siddle who reached the 200 Test wicket milestone in Adelaide.  

Other bowlers to head in the right direction during the Nagpur and Adelaide Tests include Amit Mishra (up two to 31st) who joins Imran Tahir (up by 14 places to 35th) in making career-high gains, while Black Caps bowler Doug Bracewell is one place and a single point further back in 36th after gaining four places. There were also career-high gains for Mitchell Marsh (up five to 55th) and Dean Elgar (up five to 68th) in a list which continues to be led by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

Australia captain Steven Smith and England’s Joe Root have regained joint pole position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, as AB de Villiers has dropped two places to third. The South Africa middle-order batsman now trails the duo by nine points, but a strong showing in New Delhi could see him regain top billing.

New Zealand opener Tom Latham has moved up four places to 35th after scores of 50 and 10, while Mitchell Santner rocketed into 66th position after a mature showing on his debut where he scored 31 and 45. For host Australia, Shaun Marsh has moved up eight places to 56th, while there were career-high rankings for Mitchell Starc (up five to 73rd) and Peter Nevill, buoyed by a first innings 66 and who is the highest mover overall (up 22 places to 79th).

Murali Vijay is the top ranked India batsman in 12th position, while his captain Virat Kohli has moved up one place to 16th and there were also gains for Shikhar Dhawan (up one to 32nd) and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha (up 10 to a career-high 92nd). JP Duminy also moved up three places to 40th after scores of 35 and 19 in a low scoring match.

There is one change in the top five all-rounders as Mitchell Starc has moved up to a career-high fifth position.

Meanwhile, in the ICC Test Championship Australia has moved into second position on 109 points following its 2-0 series win. An India victory in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi, meanwhile, would see it claim a 3-0 series win and see Kohli’s men move into second place on 110 points. In that scenario, the Proteas’ advantage at the top would be cut to just four points, with Australia dropping to third and Pakistan to fourth place.

ICC Test Championship (as on 30 November, after the conclusion of Australia-New Zealand Test series) 

Rank   Team              Points

1          South Africa    125
2          Australia          109
3          Pakistan           106
4          India                100
5          England            99
6          New Zealand    95
7          Sri Lanka          93
8          West Indies       76
9          Bangladesh       47
10        Zimbabwe         5

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 30 November, after Nagpur and Adelaide Tests)

Batsmen

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

   1=     (+1)     Steven Smith  Aus      886     55.34  936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

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

   3       (-2)      AB de Villiers SA       877     51.51  935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   4       (-2)      K.Williamson  NZ       876     48.36  893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   5       ( - )      David Warner Aus      862     50.48  880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6       ( - )      A. Mathews    SL       851     51.43  877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

   7       (-1)      Hashim Amla SA       836     51.19  907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

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

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

  10      ( - )      Ross Taylor    NZ       787     46.61  871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

Selected rankings

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

  12      ( - )      Murali Vijay   Ind       733     42.17  747 v SA at Bengaluru 2015

  15      (-1)      C. Pujara         Ind       717     48.53  851 v SA at Durban 2013

  16      (+1)     Virat Kohli     Ind       691     43.36  784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  18      (-2)      B. McCullum  NZ       686     38.40  760 v SL at Christchurch 2014

  21      ( - )      Faf du Plessis SA       658*   45.44  710 v WI at Port Elizabeth 2014

  26      (-2)      A. Rahane       Ind       616*   39.77  699 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  28      (-1)      B-J Watling    NZ       595     38.30  644 v Eng at Headingley 2015

  32      (+1)     S. Dhawan       Ind       572*   41.80  593 v SL at Galle 2015

  34      (-2)      Adam Voges   Aus      553*   54.41  564 v NZ at Perth 2015

  35      (+4)     Tom Latham   NZ       551*   37.66  569 v Pak at Dubai 2014

  37      (-2)      Dean Elgar      SA       547*   36.30  558 v Ind at Bengaluru 2015

  40      (+3)     JP Duminy      SA       539     34.58  586 v SL at Galle 2014

  46      ( - )      Rohit Sharma  Ind       483*   35.80  578 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  56      (+8)     Shaun Marsh   Aus      431*   32.57  472 v WI at Jamaica 2015

  66      (NEW) M. Santner      NZ       401*!  38.00  401 v Aus at Adelaide 2015

  73      (+5)     Mitchell Starc Aus      375*!  26.92  375 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

  79      (+22)   Peter Nevill    Aus      356*!  27.30  356 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

  92      (+10)   W. Saha          Ind       281*!  21.43  281 v SA at Nagpur 2015

Bowlers

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

   1       ( - )      Dale Steyn      SA       884     22.56  909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   2       (+3)     R. Ashwin       Ind       856!    25.93  856 v SA at Nagpur 2015

   3=     (-1)      J. Anderson     Eng      846     28.96  847 v WI at Barbados 2015

            (-1)      Yasir Shah      Pak      846*!  24.17  846 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

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

   6       ( - )      Trent Boult     NZ       809     28.12  825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   7       ( - )      V. Philander    SA       754     22.08  912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   8       ( - )      R. Herath        SL       751     29.49  851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

   9       ( - )      Morne Morkel SA       733     29.20  776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  10      (+10)   J. Hazlewood  Aus      708*!  24.16  708 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

Selected rankings

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

  11      (+1)     R. Jadeja         Ind       693*!  25.57  693 v SA at Nagpur 2015

  12      (+1)     Mitchell Starc Aus      692*!  30.58  692 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

  14      (-4)      Tim Southee   NZ       650     32.78  799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

  17      ( - )      Nathan Lyon   Aus      628     34.02  648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

  18      (-3)      Peter Siddle    Aus      620     30.02  816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

  20      (-1)      Ishant Sharma Ind       589     36.83  671 v WI at Dominica 2011

  31      (+2)     Amit Mishra   Ind       467*!  33.96  467 v SA at Nagpur 2015

  35      (+14)   Imran Tahir     SA       426*!  39.16  426 v Ind at Nagpur 2015

  36      (+4)     D. Bracewell   NZ       425*   37.08  538 v WI at Jamaica 2012

  40      (-1)      Mark Craig     NZ       405*!  44.21  405 v Aus at Adelaide 2015

  55      (+5)     M. Marsh        Aus      320*!  32.68  320 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

  68      (+5)     Dean Elgar      SA       256*!  31.36  256 v Ind at Nagpur 2015

All-rounders

Rank   (+/-)     Player            Team  Points             HS Ranking

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

   2       ( - )      R. Ashwin       Ind       376                 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   3       ( - )      Stuart Broad   Eng      315                 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

   4       ( - )      V. Philander    SA       305*/              376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   5       (+1)     Mitchell Starc Aus      260*/*!          260 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

*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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