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Labuschagne and Watling move towards top 10

Marnus Labuschagne has broken into the top 10 batting rankings for the first time
Neil Wagner also shot up in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for bowlers after his match-winning five-wicket haul against England in the first Test in Tauranga.

• Kohli bridges gap with top-ranked Smith; Stokes, Wagner and Warner gain in latest Test rankings update

Marnus Labuschagne and Bradley-John Watling have achieved career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings with epic knocks that also won them Player of the Match awards this week.

Labuschagne’s score of 185 that helped Australia to victory over Pakistan by an innings and five runs in Brisbane has taken him from 35th to 14th place, while Watling’s 205 in Tauranga not only helped New Zealand beat England by an innings and 65 runs but has also lifted him 12 places to 12th position.

Labuschagne occupied 95th position when summoned as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith in the Lord’s Ashes Test in August and has made rapid progress since then, while Watling too has much to celebrate, as he is now the top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman, having overtaken South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.

Apart from Labuschagne, the other Australia batsmen to advance in the latest rankings update include opener David Warner (up six places to 17th), Joe Burns (up 11 places to 62nd) and Matthew Wade (up four places to 70th) while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved from 13th to joint-ninth in the bowlers’ list.

Their opposition Pakistan did not have much to cheer about with Shan Masood (up seven places to 57th) among batsmen and Haris Sohail (up 12 places to 81st) among bowlers moving up in the latest update that also takes into account performances in the day-night Kolkata Test in which India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs.

Watling is not the only one to gain big from his team as Neil Wagner’s eight-wicket match haul has catapulted him to a career-best third position with a tally of 816 rating points, the third best ever by a New Zealand bowler after Richard Hadlee (909 points) and Trent Boult (825).

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in the top 10 for batsmen for the first time after scores of 91 and 28 helped him gain three slots, while Joe Denly and Rory Burns have also made notable progress.

India captain Virat Kohli’s commanding century in Kolkata has helped him bridge the gap with top-ranked Steve Smith from 25 to three points while opener Mayank Agarwal has reached the top 10 for the first time.

India fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are at career-high points tallies after victory over Bangladesh. Ishant has 716 points but is in 17th place, way behind his career-best seventh place achieved in July 2011.

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has gained four slots to reach 26th position after scoring a fighting 74 in the second innings of the Kolkata Test while Liton Das is up eight slots to 78th position.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 26 November 2019)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank 

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

   1

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

931

64.00

947 v SA at Durban 2018

2

( - )

Virat Kohli

India

928

54.97

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

3

( - )

K Williamson

NZ

877

52.21

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

4

( - )

C Pujara

India

791

49.48

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

5

( - )

A Rahane

India

759

43.74

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

6

( - )

Henry Nicholls

NZ

744

44.16

778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

7

(+2)

D Karunaratne

SL

723

36.93

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

8

( - )

Tom Latham

NZ

707

43.57

724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

9

(+3)

Ben Stokes

Eng

704!

36.03

704 v NZ at Mount Maunganui 2019

10

(+1)

M Agarwal

India

700*!

67.07

700 v Ban at Kolkata 2019

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

  12

(+12)

BJ Watling

NZ

693!

40.51

693 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019

14

(+21)

M Labuschagne

Aus

684*!

46.75

684 v Pak at Brisbane 2019

17

(+6)

David Warner

Aus

666

46.23

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

26

(+4)

M Rahim

Ban

614

35.08

658 v Aus at Chittagong 2017

36

(+1)

Jonny Bairstow

Eng

564

35.26

772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

38

(+17)

Joe Denly

Eng

557*!

31.44

557 v NZ at Mount Maunganui 2019

46=

(+8)

Rory Burns

Eng

532*!

30.19

532 v NZ at Mount Maunganui 2019

57

(+7)

Shan Masood

Pak

494*!

26.93

494 v Aus at Brisbane 2019

62

(+11)

Joe Burns

Aus

473*

42.06

575 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

70

(+4)

Matthew Wade

Aus

445*

30.54

465 v SL at Sydney 2013

72

(+26)

M Santner

NZ

432*!

28.58

432 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019

78

(+8)

Liton Das

Ban

417*!

24.80

417 v India at Kolkata 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Pat Cummins

Aus

907

21.62

914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019

2

( - )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

839

22.50

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

3

(+5)

Neil Wagner

NZ

816!

27.04

816 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019

4

(-1)

Jason Holder

WI

814!

27.26

814 v India at Jamaica 2019

5

(-1)

J Bumrah

India

794*

19.24

835 v WI at Jamaica 2019

6

(-1)

J Anderson

Eng

790

26.94

903 v India at Lord's 2018

7

(+2)

V Philander

SA

783

22.16

912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

8

(+2)

Kemar Roach

WI

780!

26.94

780 v India at Jamaica 2019

9=

(+1)

R Ashwin

India

772

25.36

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

(+4)

J Hazlewood

Aus

772

26.30

863 v India at Bengaluru 2017

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

 15

(+1)

R Jadeja

India

725

24.64

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

17

(+3)

I Sharma

India

716!

32.68

716 v Ban at Kolkata 2019 

21

(+1)

U Yadav

India

672!

30.26

672 v Ban at Kolkata 2019

29

(+1)

Ben Stokes

Eng

571

32.77

606 v WI at St Lucia 2019

35

(+7)

C de Grandhomme

NZ

445*!

29.63

445 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019

36

(+1)

Peter Siddle

Aus

443

30.66

816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

52

(+6)

M Santner

NZ

316*

38.00

344 v WI at Hamilton 2017

54

(+6)

Sam Curran

Eng

307*

30.33

342 v India at The Oval 2018

81

(+12)

Haris Sohail

Pak

181*!

25.66

81 v Aus at Brisbane 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank  

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Jason Holder

WI

472!

472 v India at Jamaica 2019

2

( - )

R Jadeja

India

406

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

401

411 v Aus at Headingley 2019

4

(+1)

V Philander

SA

315

377 v SL at Galle 2018

5

(-1)

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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