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Khawaja continues to make upward movement

Australia needs to draw the Christchurch Test to finish as the No.1-ranked Test side at the 1 Aprilannual cut-off date.

Khawaja continues to make upward movement - Cricket News
Khawaja scored 140, his fourth century in six innings, which has lifted him ten places to a career-high 27thposition.
Australia’s Usman Khawaja has continued to make great strides in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsman, which were released on Tuesday morning following the conclusion of the Wellington Test.
 
Khawaja scored 140, his fourth century in six innings, which has lifted him ten places to a career-high 27thposition. The left-hander is still in the qualification period for batsmen and he is expected to move further up the ladder, depending on how he performs in the second Test, which starts in Christchurch on Saturday.
 
A batsman qualifies for full points when he has played 40 Test innings, and the 29 year old has scored 1,879 runs in 23 innings in 14 Tests. Khawaja had started his season in 65th position and has already gained 38 places.
 
Adam Voges, who won the player of the match award in Wellington for his 239, has moved up one place to ninth and now has eighth-ranked Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka firmly within his sights. The right-hander, too, is in the qualification period as he has played 19 innings in which he has scored 1,267 runs at an average of just under 98.
 
The list is headed by Australia captain Steven Smith, while Joe Root claimed sole possession of second spot after Kane Williamson slipped to third, 18 points behind the Englishman and 11 points ahead of South Africa’s Hashim Amla.
 
In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mark Craig have moved up one place each to seventh, 13th and 38th respectively, while Mitchell Marsh has gained two spots and is now in 47th position.
 
Stuart Broad is the No. 1-ranked bowler, leading India’s Ravichandran Ashwin by just one point. Yasir Shah of Pakistan and Dale Steyn of South Africa are third and fourth respectively.
 
Meanwhile, Australia needs to draw the Christchurch Test to finish as the No.1-ranked Test side at the 1 Aprilannual cut-off date. If Australia achieves this result, then it will also reclaim the Test mace as well as cash award of $ 1million.
 
On the other side of the coin, if New Zealand manages to draw the series, then Australia will join South Africa on 109 points but will be ranked below the Proteas by a fraction of a point. In this scenario, Australia will receive $ 200K, while South Africa will receive $ 500K and India $1 million. Pakistan is guaranteed to pocket $ 100K for finishing fourth.
 
MRF TYRES ICC TEST PLAYER RANKING (as of 16 February, after Wellington Test between New Zealand and Australia)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1         ( - )        Steve Smith         Aus        901        58.11    936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   2         ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        889        54.93    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   3         (-1)        K. Williamson     NZ         871        49.16    893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   4         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         860        51.45    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   5         ( - )        David Warner      Aus        832        50.81    880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6         ( - )        Younus Khan       Pak        826        53.94    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   7         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         818        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   8         ( - )        Angelo Mathews SL          808        50.18    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   9         (+1)       Adam Voges        Aus        790*!    97.46    790 v NZ at Wellington 2016
  10        (-1)        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        764        48.89    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
 
Other selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  14        (-2)        Ross Taylor         NZ         723        45.49    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  21        (-2)        B. McCullum       NZ         646        38.07    760 v SL at Christchurch 2014
  27        (+10)     Usman Khawaja  Aus        613*!    51.05    613 v NZ at Wellington 2016
  31        (+1)       Tom Latham        NZ         580*     39.03    590 v SL at Dunedin 2015
  35        (-6)        BJ Watling          NZ         560        36.81    644 v Eng at Headingley 2015
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      Econ      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         ( - )        Yasir Shah           Pak        846*!    24.17    846 v Eng at Sharjah 2015
   4         ( - )        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         (+1)       Josh Hazlewood  Aus        781*     24.08    792 v WI at Hobart 2015
   8         (-1)        Trent Boult          NZ         772        28.59    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9         ( - )        Tim Southee        NZ         728        31.61    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
  10        ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         724        29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
 
Other selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      Econ      HS Rating
  13        (+1)       Nathan Lyon        Aus        696       !            32.84    696 v NZ at Wellington 2016
  15        ( - )        Peter Siddle         Aus        627                     29.88    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
  35        (-1)        Doug Bracewell   NZ         418       *            38.05    538 v WI at Jamaica 2012
  38        (+1)       Mark Craig          NZ         405       *!           45.56    405 v Aus at Wellington 2016
  47        (+2)       Mitchell Marsh   Aus        346       *            31.33    349 v WI at Melbourne 2015
 
All-rounders (top five)
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating
   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         ( - )        Ben Stokes           Eng        276 /*!  276 v SA at Centurion 2016
   5         ( - )        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