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Herath jumps to fifth in Test bowler rankings

Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva also rise in Test rankings for batsmen

Herath jumps to fifth in Test bowler rankings - Cricket News
This is Herath’s highest-ranking since he achieved fourth spot following the Wellington Test against New Zealand in January 2015.

South Africa can move to fifth if it wins Test series against New Zealand

Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has returned to the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after registering his seventh 10-wicket haul which helped Sri Lanka to win the third Test by 163 runs and the series 3-0.

Herath, 38, recorded figures of six for 81 and seven for 64 in the Colombo Test, which has helped him to move three places up to fifth in the latest rankings which were released on Thursday morning.

This is Herath’s highest-ranking since he achieved fourth spot following the Wellington Test against New Zealand in January 2015.

The bowlers’ list is headed by England’s James Anderson, who leads India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin by 12 points. Dale Steyn, who will feature in the upcoming series against New Zealand, is third, 17 points behind the India off-spinner.

Colombo Test centurions Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva have also made significant gains in theMRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

Chandimal has risen six slots to reach 17th spot in a list which is headed by Australia captain Steve Smith, while de Silva has shot up 30 places to 37th position. Kaushal Silva, who scored 115 in the second innings, has also moved up nine places to 39th on the rankings.

For Australia, opener David Warner has gained one place to share ninth spot with New Zealand’s Ross Tyalor, while Shaun Marsh, who struck the first century for Australia on the Sri Lanka tour in Colombo, has jumped 13 places to reach 33rd rank.

Smith, who scored 119 runs in the first innings, has retained his number-one ranking. He leads England’s Joe Root by 28 points, with Kane Williamson aiming to move into second position when he takes the field against South Africa in Durban as he trails the England batsman by just five points.

Meanwhile, South Africa has its task cut out in the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand starting on Friday, which it needs to win by any margin to overtake the opposition and move up two slots in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

South Africa, which has never lost a Test series to New Zealand, currently has 92 points and is placed seventh in the list led by newly-crowned India while New Zealand is fifth with 99 points. Sri Lanka, which completed a 3-0 whitewash over Australia in a home series on Wednesday, is in sixth position at 95 points.

A 2-0 win for South Africa in the series to be played in Durban and Centurion will lift it to fifth position with 98 points and will see New Zealand slip to seventh position with 94 points. Even a 1-0 win for South Africa will see it climb to fifth with 96 points, leaving New Zealand with 95 points and behind Sri Lanka on decimal points at seventh position.

On the other hand, a 2-0 win for New Zealand will carry it to 103 points and a 1-0 win to 102 points, but neither will be enough to take it above fifth rank. South Africa will remain on seventh position in either scenario with a tally of 86 and 88 points, respectively. Even a 1-1 draw will keep New Zealand in fifth position with 98 points and South Africa at its current 92 points.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 18 August 2016, before the start of the South Africa-New Zealand series)

Rank   Team               Points

1.     India                  112

2.     Pakistan             111

3.     Australia            108

4.     England             108

5.     New Zealand       99

6.     Sri  Lanka            95

7.     South Africa        92

8.     West Indies          65

9.     Bangladesh          57

10.  Zimbabwe             8

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 18 August 2016, after the Sri Lanka-Australia series)

Batsmen (top 10)

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

   1         ( - )        Steve Smith         Aus        906       58.55    936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   2         ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        878       54.86    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3         ( - )        K.Williamson      NZ         873       51.29    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

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

   5         ( - )        Younus Khan       Pak        845       53.72    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

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

   7         (-1)        Adam Voges        Aus        802*     72.75    824 v SL at Galle 2016

   8         ( - )        Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         785!      49.00    785 v WI at St Lucia 2016

   9=       ( - )        Ross Taylor         NZ         772       48.66    871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

              (+1)       David Warner      Aus        772       48.63    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

 

Other selected rankings

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

    15      (-2)        Angelo Mathews SL          731       47.16    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

    17      (+6)       D. Chandimal      SL          692!      44.25    692 v Aus at Colombo (SSC) 2016

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

    29      ( - )        B.J. Watling        NZ         600       40.03    644 v Eng at Headingley 2015

    30      ( - )        Tom Latham        NZ         597*!    41.78    597 v Zim at Bulawayo 2016

    32      ( - )        Faf du Plessis      SA         583       41.02    710 v WI at Port Elizabeth 2014

    33      (+13)     Shaun Marsh       Aus        576*!    40.22    576 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2016

    37      (+30)     D. de Silva           SL          546*!    65.00    546 v Aus at Colombo (SSC) 2016

    39      (+9)       Kaushal Silva      SL          525       30.89    638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015

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

 

Bowlers (top 10) 

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

   1         ( - )        James Anderson  Eng        870       28.28    884 v SL at Durham 2016

   2         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         858       25.21    876 v WI at Antigua 2016

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

   4         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        836       28.52    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   5         (+3)       Rangana Herath   SL          831       28.71    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

   6         (-1)        Yasir Shah           Pak        806*     27.48    878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

   7         ( - )        Mitchell Starc     Aus        792!      27.36    792 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2016

   8         (-2)        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         781*     23.42    789 v SA at Delhi 2015

   9         ( - )        Trent Boult          NZ         756       28.96    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

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

 

Other selected rankings

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

11         (+1)       V. Philander        SA         717       22.08    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

13         ( - )        Neil Wagner        NZ         699*!    30.43    699 v Zim at Bulawayo 2016

14         ( - )        Tim Southee        NZ         692       32.18    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

15         ( - )        Nathan Lyon        Aus        677        32.80    696 v NZ at Wellington 2016

16         ( - )        Dilruwan Perera  SL          645*     28.35    658 v Aus at Galle 2016

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

39         (+1)       Mark Craig          NZ         393*     45.56    405 v Aus at Wellington 2016

49         (+2)       M. Siriwardana    SL          314*     23.36    327 v Eng at Durham 2016

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Highest Rating

 

   1         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         438!      438 v WI at St Lucia 2016

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

   3         ( - )        Moeen Ali           Eng        292/*!   292 v Pak at The Oval 2016

   4         (+1)       Mitchell Starc     Aus        279!      279 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2016

   5         (-1)        V. 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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