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Starc ascends to career-best fifth position

Starc
Markram's scores of 32 and 143 help him reach a career-best 19th place; Marsh brothers gain significant rise as well.

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has reached a career-best fifth position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his player-of-the-match performance in the Durban Test against South Africa helped his side win by 118 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. 

The 28-year-old Starc finished with a match haul of nine for 109, enabling him to overtake South Africa’s new-ball bowlers Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander among others, eclipsing his previous best sixth position that he enjoyed in December 2016. 

Further, the left-hander’s 42 runs in the Test have not only helped him gain three slots to reach 74th position among batsmen but have also helped him make it to the top-five among all-rounders. He is now on 312 points, 35 less than his tally when he was fourth on the all-rounders’ list in August 2016.

Other Australia players to have gained in the latest rankings update include the Marsh brothers. Shaun Marsh has reached a career-best 16th position among batsmen with his 73 runs in the match while his brother Mitchell has moved up to 43rd place from his 56th rank before the Test, to also reach his highest ranking among batsmen thus far. Mitchell has also gained one slot to reach 58th slot among bowlers.

Aiden Markram’s scores of 32 and 143 helped him gain 28 slots to reach a career-best 19th place
Aiden Markram’s scores of 32 and 143 helped him gain 28 slots to reach a career-best 19th place


For South Africa, Aiden Markram’s scores of 32 and 143 have helped him gain 28 slots to reach a career-best 19th place. Markram, who had led South Africa to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2014, has had a phenomenal rise as he sees himself in the top-20 after only his seventh Test, notching three centuries and two scores in the 90s.

In other movements, AB de Villiers’ first innings score of 71 not out was enough to pull him up one place to 12th position while Quinton de Kock has gained three slots to reach 22nd rank after scores of 20 and 83 in the match. In the rankings for bowlers, Keshav Maharaj’s haul of nine wickets in the match has helped him rise up to 18th rank.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 6 March, after the Durban Test): 

Batsmen (top 10)  

Rank

(+/-)       

 Player

 Team

Pts

Avge

 Highest Rating

   1

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

 947!

 63.41

947 v SA at Durban 2018

   2

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

 912!

 53.40

912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

   3

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

 881

 53.28

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   4

( - )

K. Williamson

NZ

 855

 50.62

893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   5

( - )

David Warner

Aus

 833

 48.63

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6

( - )

C. Pujara

Ind

 810

 50.51

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   7

(+1)

Azhar Ali

Pak

 755

 46.62

787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

   8

(+1)

Alastair Cook

Eng

 742

 46.35

874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

   9

(+1)

Ross Taylor

NZ

 739

 48.04

871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

  10

(-3)

Hashim Amla

SA

 734

 48.58

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)      

 Player

Team

 Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

12

(+1)

AB de Villiers

SA

 716

50.05

935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

16

(+2)

Shaun Marsh

Aus

 675!

40.69

675 v SA at Durban 2018

19

(+28)

Aiden Markram

SA

 659*!

57.91

659 v Aus at Durban 2018

22

(+3)

Quinton de Kock

SA

 653

39.81

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

43

(+13)

Mitchell Marsh

Aus

 551!

30.44

551 v SA at Durban 2018

74    

(+3)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

 388

23.06

446 v Ind at Pune 2017

82

(+6)

Tim Paine

Aus

 356*

37.00

387 v Ind at Bengaluru 2010

93=

(+22)

C. Bancroft

Aus

 331*

26.33

342 v Eng at Brisbane 2017

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank              

(+/-) 

Player

 Team

Pts

Avge

 Highest Rating

   1

( - )

James Anderson

Eng

 887

27.40

896 v Win at Lord's 2017

   2

( - )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

 873

22.15

888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018

   3

( - )

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

 844

23.73

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   4

( - )

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

 812

25.69

863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

   5

(+5)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

 805!

 26.94

805 v SA at Durban 2018

   6

(-1)

R. Ashwin

Ind

 803

 25.56

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   7

(-1)

Vernon Philander

SA

 786

 22.00

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   8

(-1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

 784

 27.87

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

   9

(-1)

Rangana Herath

SL

 777

 28.18

867 v Zim at Harare 2016

  10=

(-1)

Morne Morkel

SA

 755

 28.20

776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

    

( - )

Nathan Lyon

Aus

 755

 31.78

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017 

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)       

 Player

Team

 Pts

 Avge

Highest Rating

  18

(+1)

Keshav Maharaj

SA

 681*

 26.54

695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

  58

(+1)

Mitchell Marsh

Aus

 254*

 41.33

349 v Win at Melbourne 2015

  87

(+4)

Dean Elgar

SA

 128*

 42.28

256 v Ind at Nagpur 2015

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank           

(+/-) 

Player

Team

Pts

 Highest Rating

   1

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

 421

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2

( - )

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

 391

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3

( - )

R. Ashwin

Ind

 368

493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

   4

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

 358/*

396 v Win at Lord's 2017

   5

(+2)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

 312

347 v Ind at Pune 2017


*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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