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Former ICC U19 Cricket World Cup stars on the move in latest Test player rankings

Rabada, de Kock and Stokes achieve career-high rankings; Amla returns to the top five

Former ICC U19 Cricket World Cup stars on the move in latest Test player rankings - Cricket News
India reclaims number-one ranking but Australia can finish as the top-ranked Test side at the 1 April cut-off date if it beats New Zealand next month

Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and Ben Stokes, who all made their names at previous ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, have made impressive gains in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Playing Rankings, which were released on Wednesday morning following the conclusion of the Centurion Test which South Africa won by 280 runs.

Rabada, who took 14 wickets in South Africa’s successful campaign at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014, recorded figures of seven for 112 and six for 32 to vault 32 places to 30th in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.
 
Rabada had started the series in 122nd position and has gained 92 places after earning 447 points following his 22 wickets in the series. As Rabada is still in the qualification period for bowlers, he is expected to move further up the ladder, depending on how he performs later this year. A bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets, and the 20-year-old from Johannesburg has so far taken 24 wickets in six Tests.

De Kock, who captained South Africa at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 and was its best batsman with 284 runs as his side finished third, scored his maiden unbeaten Test century in the final Test against England. As a result, the left-handed wicketkeeper/batsman has broken into the top 50 for the first time, occupying the 48th position after rising 27 places.

Amla, who scored 191 runs in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002 where South Africa finished runner-up, scored 109 and 96 in the Centurion Test. For this performance, Amla has been rewarded with a jump of four places, which has put him in fourth place. He now trails Kane Williamson and Joe Root, both joint-second, by 29 points, while number-one ranked Steve Smith is 39 points ahead.

Stokes, who scored 166 runs and took seven wickets at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 where England finished eighth, has achieved career-high rankings in the bowlers’ and all-rounders’ categories. He has moved up three places to 27th in the bowling table, while he has leapfrogged Vernon Philander and Ravindra Jadeja into fourth place in the all-rounders’ list.

The bowling table is headed by England’s Stuart Broad, while Ravichandran Ashwin is the top-ranked all-rounder.

The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 started in Chittagong on Wednesday with defending champion South Africa taking on host Bangladesh at the ZACS and England taking on Fiji at the MA Aziz Stadium. The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland. Teams have been divided into four groups with the top two in each advancing to the Super League quarter-finals and the other two qualifying for the Plate Championships.

Other players to head in the right direction following the Centurion Test are Morne Morkel of South Africa, who has gained two places and is now 10th in the bowling table, and England’s Moeen Ali, who has earned five places and is now in 45th spot in the batting charts.

Outside the top 50, South Africa opener Stephen Cook, who scored 115 and 25, has entered in 55th position, while Temba Bavuma has climbed 18 places and is now in 56th spot following scores of 35 and 78 not out.

Meanwhile, as the MRF Tyres ICC Test Championship Table is only updated at the end of a series, India has been confirmed as the number-one ranked side. India was guaranteed this position after South Africa had trailed 0-2 after three Tests in the four-Test series.

India had previously held the number-one Test position from December 2009 to August 2011.

Australia and South Africa are on equal points at 109 but when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point, then Australia is ranked second as it has 109.4 points as compared to South Africa’s 108.9.

With only 11 points separating number-one ranked India from sixth-ranked New Zealand, there is potential for further changes before the 1 April annual cut-off date.

In the final series before focus shifts to the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, Australia will travel to New Zealand next month for two Tests and if it wins the series, then it will finish as the top-ranked Test side. If Steve Smith’s side achieves this, then it will not only reclaim the prestigious MRF Tyres ICC Test Championship Mace, it will also win a cash award of $1million.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the ICC Test Championship, please click here. The Test rankings table is updated after the end of each series.

MRF TYRES ICC TESTCHAMPIONSHIP (as on 27 January, after the conclusion of the Centurion Test)

RANK TEAM             POINTS

1          India                110

2          Australia         109

3          South Africa    109

4          Pakistan          106

5          England           102

6          New Zealand    99

7          Sri Lanka        89

8          West Indies     76

9          Bangladesh     47

10        Zimbabwe       05

MRF TYRES ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 27 January, after the conclusion of the Centurion Test)

BATSMEN (top 10)

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

   1         ( - )        Steve Smith         Aus        899        57.90    936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   2=       (+1)       K. Williamson     NZ         889       49.93    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

              ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        889        54.93    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   4         (+4)       Hashim Amla      SA         860        51.45    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   5         ( - )        David Warner      Aus        854        51.34    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

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

   7         (-3)        AB de Villiers     SA         818        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   8         (-1)        Angelo Mathews SL          808        50.18    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

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

  10=      ( - )        Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         753!      44.97    753 v SA at Delhi 2015

              ( - )        Adam Voges        Aus        753*!    85.66    753 v WI at Sydney 2016

Selected rankings (top 50)

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

  15        ( - )        Alastair Cook      Eng        723        46.56    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  27        (-2)        Dean Elgar           SA         602*     36.73    626 v Eng at Johannesburg 2016

  34        (-5)        Jonny Bairstow    Eng        562        32.54    589 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

  35        ( - )        Ben Stokes           Eng        560       33.73    594 v Aus at Lord’s 2015

  45        (+5)       Moeen Ali           Eng        492*     27.91    517 v Aus at The Oval 2015

  46        (-1)        JP Duminy           SA         479        32.34    586 v SL at Galle 2014

  48        (+27)     Quinton de Kock SA         472*!    45.22    472 v Eng at Centurion 2016

BOWLERS (top 10)

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

   1         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        872        28.66    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   2         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         871!      25.39    871 v SA at Delhi 2015

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

   4         (-1)        Dale Steyn           SA         841        22.53    909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   5         ( - )        James Anderson  Eng        805        29.18    847 v WI at Barbados 2015

   6         ( - )        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         789*!    23.76    789 v SA at Delhi 2015

   7         ( - )        Trent Boult          NZ         787        28.28    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   8         ( - )        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        741*     24.54    792 v WI at Hobart 2015

   9         ( - )        Tim Southee        NZ         731        31.47    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

  10        (+2)       Morne Morkel     SA         724        29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

Selected rankings (top 50)

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

  26        (-2)        Moeen Ali           Eng        496*     39.76    557 v SA at Durban 2015

  27        (+3)       Ben Stokes           Eng        493*!    38.07    493 v SA at Centurion 2016

  30        (+32)     Kagiso Rabada    SA         469*!    24.70    469 v Eng at Centurion 2016

ALL-ROUNDERS (top 5)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points    Highest Ranking

   1         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         406       419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

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

   3         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        310       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

   4         (+2)       Ben Stokes           Eng        276 /*!  276 v SA at Centurion 2016

   5         (-1)        Vernon Philander SA         275*/    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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