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Mendis, Fernando make big gains in Test rankings

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Sri Lanka batsmen Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando have made major gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after anchoring their side to a memorable eight-wicket win in Port Elizabeth that helped complete a historic 2-0 series triumph.
  • Duanne Olivier moves into the top 20 after only 10 Test matches

The unbroken 163-run stand from the pair enabled Sri Lanka to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa and they had individual gains too. An unbeaten 84 from Mendis lifted him to 18th among batsmen while Fernando’s 75 not out helped him jump 35 places and reach 65th position in the list after just two Tests.

Niroshan Dickwella is another Sri Lanka batsman to make a notable improvement in the latest rankings update, moving up eight slots to reach 37th place with his first innings knock of 42 while left-handed opener Lahiru Tharimanne finds himself in the top 100.

Mendis finished unbeaten on 84 and added 163 runs for the third wicket with Fernando
Mendis finished unbeaten on 84 and added 163 runs for the third wicket with Fernando

Among their bowlers, Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 30th) and Vishwa Fernando (up six places to a career-best 43rd) have advanced after taking four wickets each in the second Test while Kasun Rajitha’s five wickets in the match have helped him move up eight places to 51st position.

The bright spot for South Africa is the continued progress of fast bowler Duanne Olivier, who has moved into the top 20 after only 10 Tests. The 26-year-old’s four wickets in the match have helped him gain three slots to reach 19th position in the list, which has two others fast bowlers from his team ahead of him – Kagiso Rabada in third place and Vernon Philander in fourth.

Meanwhile, South Africa have slipped to third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, losing five points and finishing at 105 after losing both Tests to their lower-ranked opposition. Sri Lanka remain in sixth place, but have moved up to 93 points.

New Zealand are second with 107 points and will need to win an upcoming three-Test home series against Bangladesh, starting Thursday, in order to retain second place. The predictor function is available here.

Rank Team Points
1. India 116
2. New Zealand 107
3. South Africa 105 (-5)
4. Australia 104
5. England 104
6. Sri Lanka 93 (+4)
7. Pakistan 88
8. Windies 77
9. Bangladesh 69
10. Zimbabwe 13
11. Afghanistan 00
12. Ireland 00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 24 February, after the Port Elizabeth Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

India

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

K. Williamson

NZ

897

51.44

915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3

( - )

C. Pujara

India

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

857

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5=

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

763

49.51

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

 

( - )

Henry Nicholls

NZ

763*!

43.54

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

7

( - )

David Warner

Aus

756

48.2

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

8

( - )

A. Markram

SA

719*

43.8

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

-1

Q. de Kock

SA

718

39.31

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

10

( - )

Faf du Plessis

SA

702

42.95

734 v India at Centurion 2018

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player  Team  Pts  Avge Highest Rating 

18

(+11)

Kusal Mendis

SL

657

36.65

693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

37

(+8)

N. Dickwella

SL

564

30.11

576 v India at Kolkata 2017

65

(+35)

O. Fernando

SL

455*!

43.66

455 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2019

98

(+3)

L. Thirimanne

SL

342

22.89

386 v India at Colombo (PSS) 2015

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Pat Cummins

Aus

878*!

22.02

878 v SL at Canberra 2019

2

( - )

J. Anderson

Eng

862

26.93

903 v India at Lord's 2018

3

( - )

K. Rabada

SA

851

21.77

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

4

( - )

V. Philander

SA

813

21.64

912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

5

( - )

R. Jadeja

India

794

23.68

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

( - )

Trent Boult

NZ

771

27.9

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

7=

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

770*

27.69

778 v Eng at Antigua 2019

 

( - )

M. Abbas

Pak

770*

18.86

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

9

( - )

Tim Southee

NZ

767

29.93

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

10

( - )

R. Ashwin

India

763

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest rating

19

(+3)

Duanne Olivier

SA

692*!

19.25

692 v SL at Port Elizabeth 2019

30=

(+3)

S. Lakmal

SL

573

39.43

590 v SA at Galle 2018 

43=

(+6)

V. Fernando

SL

385*!

26.26

385 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2019

51

(+8)

Kasun Rajitha

SL

326*

29.56

374 v Win at Barbados 2018

77

(+19)

D. de Silva

SL

170*!

53.6

170 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

439/*

448 v Eng at Antigua 2019

2

( - )

S. Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

3

( - )

R. Jadeja

India

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

357

395 v Win at Lord's 2017

5

( - )

V. Philander

SA

326

377 v SL at Galle 2018

 

*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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