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Bairstow breaks into the top 20 for the first time

2-0 series win means England now trails third-ranked Pakistan by three points

Bairstow breaks into the top 20 for the first time - Cricket News
England's Jonny Bairstow is in 18th position in the Test rankings.
  • Sri Lanka fast bowlers Pradeep and Lakmal achieve career-high rankings
  • 2-0 series win means England now trails third-ranked Pakistan by three points

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has achieved his highest ranking to date in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after hitting his third career century in the Lord’s Test, which ended in a draw on Monday.

Bairstow scored a Test best 167 not out in the first innings and then followed up with 32. These scores not only won him the player of the match award, but also earned him a rise of three places. He now sits in 18th position and is the third England batsman after Joe Root and captain Alastair Cook to feature inside the top 20 of the batting table.

Bairstow had entered the three-Test series in 36th position and has gained 18 places following his series aggregate of 387 runs that has also earned him the player of the series award.

Besides Bairstow, England’s duo of Cook and Alex Hales have also made upward movements, while Root’s double failure means he has slipped two places to fourth in the latest rankings.

Cook has moved up three places to 13th following scores of 85 and 49 not out, while Hales has vaulted eight places to 62nd after scores of 18 and 94.



Sri Lanka’s openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva have also made impressive gains.

Karunaratne, who scored 50 and 37 not out, has jumped four places to 33rd position, while Silva has climbed eight places to 36th following scores of 79 and 16.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has retained his ninth position, just one point ahead of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, while Dinesh Chandimal has dropped out of the top 20 after slipping two places to 21st.

Australia captain Steve Smith leads the batting table, while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Hashim Amla of South Africa have moved up one position each to second and third respectively, following Root’s drop from second to fourth.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England’s Steven Finn has returned to the top 20 while Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal have achieved career-high rankings.

Finn took three for 59 in the first innings, for which he has been rewarded with a rise of two places that has put him in 19th position. He is now the third England bowler after number-one ranked James Anderson and third-ranked Stuart Broad to feature inside the top 20.

Pradeep, who took two for 104 and three for 37, has rocketed 10 places to 33rd, while Lakmal’s three wickets in the first innings has given him a lift of five places that has put him alongside Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam in 42nd spot.

Meanwhile, a 2-0 series win means England has gained three points and has consequently reduced the six-point gap with third-ranked Pakistan to just three points. Pakistan will be England’s next opponent when the two sides will go head to head in a four-Test series from 14 July at Lord’s.

Seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, in contrast, has slipped from 88 points to 85. This means its gap with sixth-ranked South Africa has opened up from four points to seven.

Australia is the number-one ranked Test side and will take on Sri Lanka in a three-Test series from 26 July, while India is ranked second and will square-off against eighth-ranked West Indies in a four-Test series from 21 July.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 14 June, after Lord’s Test)
 
Rank   Team              Points

1          Australia         118

2          India                112

3          Pakistan          111

4          England           108 (+3)

5          New Zealand   98

6          South Africa   92

7          Sri Lanka        85 (-3)

8          West Indies     65

9          Bangladesh     57


(Developed by David Kendix)

Note: Zimbabwe has 12 points but has not played the required eight Test matches over the new rating period to be included on the main table. It will reflect on the table as soon as it plays two more Tests.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 14 June, after Lord’s Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

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

   1         ( - )        Steve Smith         Aus        925        60.18    936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   2         (+1)       Kane Williamson  NZ         868        49.23    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

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

   4         (-2)        Joe Root              Eng        837        52.92    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

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

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

   7         ( - )        Adam Voges        Aus        811*!     95.50    811 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

   8         ( - )        David Warner      Aus        800        50.06    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   9         ( - )        Angelo Mathews SL          765        48.70    877 v NZ at Christchurch 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        (+3)       Alastair Cook       Eng        730        46.89    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  18        (+3)       Jonny Bairstow    Eng        695!      39.77    695 v SL at Lord's 2016

  21        (-2)        D. Chandimal      SL          664        44.60    690 v NZ at Dunedin 2015

  33        (+4)       D. Karunaratne    SL          573       34.33    619 v WI at Galle 2015

  36        (+8)       Kaushal Silva      SL          540        31.94    638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  39        (-4)        Moeen Ali            Eng        533       30.75    558 v SL at Durham 2016

  49        (+2)       Kusal Mendis      SL          466*!     30.81    466 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  62        (+8)       Alex Hales           Eng        405*!    32.92    405 v SL at Lord's 2016

 

Bowlers (top 10)

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

   1         ( - )        James Anderson  Eng        877        28.33    884 v SL at Durham 2016

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

   3         ( - )        Stuart Broad         Eng        852       28.52    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

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

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

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

   7         ( - )        Trent Boult           NZ          757       29.14    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   8         ( - )        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        741*      25.77    792 v WI at Hobart 2015

   9         ( - )        Morne Morkel      SA          724       29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  10        ( - )        Vernon Philander SA         717       22.08    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

 
Other selected rankings

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

  13        ( - )        Rangana Herath   SL          671        30.18    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  19        (+2)       Steven Finn          Eng        593        28.33    624 v NZ at Headingley 2013

  30        (-2)        Moeen Ali             Eng        467*      41.28    557 v SA at Durban 2015

  33        (+10)     Nuwan Pradeep   SL          432*!     43.63    432 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  39        (+1)       Shaminda Eranga SL         404*      37.49    541 v Eng at Headingley 2014

  42        (+5)       Suranga Lakmal  SL           375*!     49.38    375 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  64        (+9)       Chris Woakes      Eng         229*!     41.25    229 v SL at Lord's 2016

 
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        284       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

   4         ( - )        Vernon Philander SA         275*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   5         ( - )        Ben Stokes           Eng       264 /*   276 v SA at Centurion 2016

 

*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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