- Pope advances 52 places; Stokes, Broad, Raza also move up in latest rankings update
In the latest rankings update that also includes the Port Elizabeth Test, which England won by an innings and 53 runs to go 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series, Mathews has advanced eight places to reach 16th position after his unbeaten 200 in Harare.
The former Sri Lanka captain’s best ranking was third, achieved in August 2014, while he has also been among the top 10 among batsmen in ODIs.
Other Sri Lanka batsmen to progress in the rankings are Kusal Mendis (30th to 26th) and Dhananjaya de Silva (39th to 37th) while Suranga Lakmal (26th to 22nd) and Lahiru Kumara (32nd to 30th) have moved up the list for bowlers. For Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza has advanced seven places and is now ranked 72nd among bowlers.
England’s Ollie Pope, Player of the Match for his unbeaten 135 in Port Elizabeth, has moved up 52 slots to 61st place while Sam Curran and Dom Sibley have advanced four slots each to reach 64th and 76th positions, respectively.
Ben Stokes has equaled his career-best second ranking among all-rounders after his knock of 120. He has moved back to the spot he had occupied in August last year while he is presently ranked 10th among batsmen and 29th among bowlers.
Off-spinner Dominic Bess’s five-wicket haul in the first innings has lifted him 49 places to 62nd, while Curran, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad have gained one slot each in the bowlers’ list.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 24 January, after the Port Elizabeth and Harare Tests)
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||( - )||Virat Kohli||India||928||54.97||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|2||( - )||Steve Smith||Aus||911||62.84||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|3||( - )||M Labuschagne||Aus||827*!||63.43||827 v NZ at Sydney 2020|
|4||( - )||K Williamson||NZ||814||51.44||915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019|
|5||( - )||David Warner||Aus||793||48.94||880 v NZ at Perth 2015|
|6||( - )||C Pujara||India||791||49.48||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|7||( - )||Babar Azam||Pak||767!||42.67||767 v SL at Karachi 2019|
|8||(+1)||Ajinkya Rahane||India||759||43.74||825 v NZ at Indore 2016|
|9||(-1)||Joe Root||Eng||752||48.27||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|10||( - )||Ben Stokes||Eng||745!||36.93||745 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
Other selected rankings
|16||(+8)||A Mathews||SL||669||45.41||877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014|
|26||(+4)||Kusal Mendis||SL||610||35.71||693 v WI at St Lucia 2018|
|37||(+2)||D de Silva||SL||562||35.01||612 v Zim at Harare 2016|
|61||(+52)||Ollie Pope||Eng||479*!||51.85||479 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
|64||(+4)||Sam Curran||Eng||474*||28.16||566 v SL at Galle 2018|
|76||(+4)||Dom Sibley||Eng||423*!||39.14||423 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( - )||Pat Cummins||Aus||904||21.82||914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019|
|2||( - )||Neil Wagner||NZ||852||26.63||859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019|
|3||( - )||Jason Holder||WI||830!||26.37||830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019|
|4||( - )||Kagiso Rabada||SA||810||22.95||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|5||( - )||Mitchell Starc||Aus||796||26.97||806 v NZ at Perth 2019|
|6||( - )||Jasprit Bumrah||India||794*||19.24||835 v WI at Jamaica 2019|
|7||( - )||J Anderson||Eng||783||26.83||903 v India at Lord's 2018|
|8=||(+1)||R Ashwin||India||772||25.36||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
|( - )||V Philander||SA||772||22.29||912 v India at Johannesburg 2013|
|10||( - )||M Shami||India||771||27.09||790 v Ban at Indore 2019|
Other selected rankings
|13||(+1)||Stuart Broad||Eng||756||28.51||880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016|
|22||(+4)||S Lakmal||SL||612!||37.70||612 v Zim at Harare 2020|
|27||(+2)||K Maharaj||SA||554||33.19||695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017|
|30||(+2)||Lahiru Kumara||SL||517*!||36.20||517 v Zim at Harare 2020|
|41||(+1)||Sam Curran||Eng||399*||30.83||409 v SA at Cape Town 2020|
|42||(+1)||Jack Leach||Eng||398*||29.02||450 v Aus at The Oval 2019|
|56||(+18)||L Embuldeniya||SL||303*!||38.79||303 v Zim at Harare 2020|
|62||(+49)||Dominic Bess||Eng||287*!||29.72||287 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
|72||(+7)||Sikandar Raza||Zim||240*!||45.69||240 v SL at Harare 2020|
|89||(+5)||Joe Root||Eng||168*||48.75||196 v Aus at Lord's 2015|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( - )||Jason Holder||WI||473!||473 v Afg at Lucknow 2019|
|2||(+1)||Ben Stokes||Eng||411!||411 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
|3||(-1)||R Jadeja||India||406||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|4||( - )||V Philander||SA||323||377 v SL at Galle 2018|
|5||( - )||R Ashwin||India||308||492 v Eng at Mohali 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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