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Smith back as top-ranked Test batsman

Steve Smith
Australia’s Steve Smith is back on top of the list of batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after India captain Virat Kohli could manage only 21 runs in his two innings in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington, which his side lost by 10 wickets to concede a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
  • Kohli concedes top place after Wellington Test; Southee the big gainer for New Zealand

  • Mushfiqur, Nayeem move up for Bangladesh; Zimbabwe’s Ervin close to career-best

This is the eighth time that Smith is on top of the rankings after first occupying the top position in June 2015. The last batsman apart from Smith and Kohli to be No. 1 is New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, for an eight-day period in December 2015.

In the latest update, that also includes the one-off Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Mirpur, which the home side won by an innings and 106 runs, Williamson has gained 31 points after his innings of 89 due to the low team scores in the match and the highly-rated India attack, facts considered in the calculation of rating points. India opener Mayank Agarwal is back at a career-best 10th position with his highest aggregate points tally.

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor and Colin Grandhomme have moved up the batsmen’s list while fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult have made big gains after finishing with nine and five wickets, respectively. Southee has advanced eight spots to take sixth position, which is his highest since a career-best fifth place in June 2014. Boult has moved up four slots to take joint-13th position.

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has risen five places to return to the top 20 after his double-century in Mirpur while captain Mominul Haque has moved up five places to 39th after a score of 132. Nayeem Hasan is the big news for the team with his nine wickets lifting him 29 places to 38th position among bowlers. Abu Jayed has moved up 11 places to 46th.

Craig Ervine top-scored in both innings for Zimbabwe to progress 15 places. He is one place behind his best of 41st achieved in July 2017.

In the ICC World Test Championship, New Zealand are on 120 points after gaining 60 points for the Wellington victory. They had won 60 points in a 1-1 draw against Sri Lanka while this is the first match that top-placed India have lost.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 26 February 2020 after the Wellington and Mirpur Tests):

Rank (+/-)
Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 (+1) Steve Smith Aus 911 62.84 947 v SA at Durban 2018
2 (-1) Virat Kohli India 906 54.30 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3 (+1) K Williamson NZ 853 51.74 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4 (-1) M Labuschagne Aus 827*! 63.43 827 v NZ at Sydney 2020
5 ( - ) Babar Azam Pak 800! 45.12 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
6 ( - ) David Warner Aus 793 48.94 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
7 (+1) Joe Root Eng 764 48.40 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
8 (+1) Ajinkya Rahane India 760 43.61 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
9 (-2) C Pujara India 757 48.83 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
10 (+2) M Agarwal India 727*! 64.26 727 v NZ at Wellington 2020

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
13= (+3) Ross Taylor NZ 681 46.26 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
20 (+5) Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 655 36.77 658 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
33 (+6) C de Grandhomme NZ 581*! 37.38 581 v India at Wellington 2020
39 (+5) Mominul Haque Ban 556 40.85 661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
42 (+15) Craig Ervine Zim 549*! 35.52 549 v Ban at Mirpur 2020
64 (+5) Tom Blundell NZ 475* 48.57 487 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
104= (+11) Nazmul Shanto Ban 288*! 28.71 288 v Zim at Mirpur 2020


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-)
Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - )  Pat Cummins Aus 904 21.82 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 ( - )  Neil Wagner NZ 843 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 802 22.95 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
5 ( - )  Mitchell Starc Aus 796 26.97 806 v NZ at Perth 2019
6 (+8)  Tim Southee NZ 794 29.25 799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
7 ( - )  J Anderson Eng 775 26.83 903 v India at Lord's 2018
8 (+2)  J Hazlewood Aus 769 26.20 863 v India at Bengaluru 2017
9 (-1)  R Ashwin India 765 25.43 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
10 (+1)  Kemar Roach WI 763 27.13 780 v India at Jamaica 2019

 

Other selected rankings

Rank
 (+/-)  Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
13= (+4) Trent Boult NZ 751 27.84 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
17 (+1) Ishant Sharma India 736! 32.39 736 v NZ at Wellington 2020
38= (+29) Nayeem Hasan Ban 410*! 20.47 410 v Zim at Mirpur 2020
46 (+11) Abu Jayed Ban 331*! 32.45 331 v Zim at Mirpur 2020


All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-)
Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 473! 473 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
2 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 407 411 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020
3 ( - ) R Jadeja India 397 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 (+1) Mitchell Starc Aus 298 346 v India at Pune 2017
5 (-1) R Ashwin India 288 492 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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