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Broad and Anderson move up in Test rankings

Stuart Broad and James Anderson
In the batsmen’s list, Babar Azam is back at a career-best fifth position, which he had attained in February 2020.

• Babar at career best-equalling fifth position, Abid and Rizwan attain career bests

Formerly top-ranked fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson of England have advanced in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after some fine bowling in the drawn second Test against Pakistan in Southampton.

Broad has moved up one slot to second position in the bowlers’ list after a haul of 4/56 while Anderson has moved up two slots to 14th with figures of 3/60, as the pair helped dismiss Pakistan for 236 in their only innings of the match.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas took 2/28 in England’s score of 110/4 declared, gaining two places to reach eighth position, but is still away from his career-best ranking of third in October 2018.

In the batsmen’s list, Babar Azam is back at a career-best fifth position, which he had attained in February 2020. His knock of 47 helped him gain one place while his compatriots Abid Ali (up to 49th) and Mohammad Rizwan (up to 75th) have also attained career-best rankings after knocking up half-centuries.

For England, Zak Crawley has moved to a career-best 81st place after a score of 53, even as all-rounder Ben Stokes and captain Joe Root have retained their seventh and ninth positions, respectively.

In the ICC World Test Championship points table, England remain in third position with 279 points while Pakistan are fifth with 153. The list is led by India with 360 points and Australia are second at 296.

Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series. More on the WTC is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 18 August 2020, after the second England-Pakistan Test):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

911

62.84

947 v SA at Durban 2018

2

( - )

Virat Kohli

India

886

53.62

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

3

( - )

M Labuschagne

Aus

827*!

63.43

827 v NZ at Sydney 2020

4

( - )

K Williamson

NZ

812

50.99

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

5

(+1)

Babar Azam

Pak

798

44.79

800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020

6

(-1)

David Warner

Aus

793

48.94

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

767

37.84

827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

8

( - )

C Pujara

India

766

48.66

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

9

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

747

48.11

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

10

( - )

Ajinkya Rahane

India

726

42.88

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

49

(+19)

Abid Ali

Pak

518*!

69.50

518 v Eng at Southampton 2020

75

(+19)

M Rizwan

Pak

415*!

33.30

415 v Eng at Southampton 2020

81

(+15)

Zak Crawley

Eng

389*!

28.54

389 v Pak at Southampton 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

(+1)

Stuart Broad

Eng

846

27.68

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

3

(-1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

843

26.60

859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

4

( - )

Tim Southee

NZ

812!

29.00

812 v India at Christchurch 2020

5

( - )

Jason Holder

WI

810

26.69

862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

6

( - )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

802

22.95

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

7

( - )

Mitchell Starc

Aus

797

26.97

807 v NZ at Perth 2019

8

(+2)

M Abbas

Pak

785*

20.67

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

9

(-1)

Jasprit Bumrah

India

779*

20.33

834 v WI at Jamaica 2019

10

(-1)

Trent Boult

NZ

770

27.65

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

14=

(+2)

J Anderson

Eng

744

26.94

903 v India at Lord's 2018

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

454

497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

2

( - )

Jason Holder

WI

447

485 v Eng at Southampton 2020

3

( - )

R Jadeja

India

397

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

( - )

M Starc

Aus

298

346 v India at Pune 2017

5

( - )

R Ashwin

India

281

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

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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