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Rabada regains top spot among bowlers

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AB de Villiers moves up five slots to reach seventh position in the batsmen's list.
  • AB de Villiers, Ngidi, Khawaja and Cummins among others to gain in latest rankings

  • England have a chance to overtake New Zealand in upcoming Test series

Kagiso Rabada has wrested back the top spot among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings and also crossed the coveted 900-point mark in ratings after his player of the match effort of 11-150 helped South Africa defeat Australia by six wickets in Port Elizabeth to level their four-match series at 1-1.

Rabada, a star of South Africa’s triumph in the ICCU19 Cricket World Cup 2014, has vaulted over James Anderson to the top position and is now 15 points ahead of the England pace bowler at 902 points. Rabada is the 23rd bowler to cross 900 points and only the fourth South Africa player to do so after Vernon Philander (highest of 912 points in 2013), Shaun Pollock (909 in 1999) and Dale Steyn (909 in 2014). 

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers is another major gainer in the latest rankings update, his scores of 126 not out and 28 helping him move up five slots to reach seventh position in the batsmen’s list led by Australia captain Steve Smith. Hashim Amla has moved up one place to ninth position while Lungi Ngidi has gained 12 slots in the list of bowlers to reach 37th position after grabbing five wickets in the match.

AB de Villiers gains five slots to move to seventh position on the rankings chart
AB de Villiers gains five slots to move to seventh position on the rankings chart


For Australia, Usman Khawaja’s second innings knock of 75 has helped him gain five places to reach 16th position. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine (up 16 places to 66th), opener Cameron Bancroft (up 15 places to a career-best 78th) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (up four places to a career-best 23rd) have all moved up.

Meanwhile, New Zealand and England play a two-Test series that overlaps with the final two Tests of the South Africa-Australia Test series. A series win for England could see them overtake New Zealand to take fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings as the latter are just one point ahead at 100 points. On the other hand, New Zealand could overtake Australia to third position if they win their series and Australia go on to lose 3-1 to South Africa.

India have already been presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace and a $1 million prize money after being assured of the top place at the 3 April cut-off date, South Africa are assured of the second prize of $500,000 while the third and fourth sides get $200,000 and $100,000, respectively. 

Series scenarios:

  • New Zealand win 2-0 – New Zealand 104, England 96
  • New Zealand win 1-0 – New Zealand 102, England 97
  • Drawn series – New Zealand 100, England 99
  • England win 1-0 – England 101, New Zealand 99
  • England win 2-0 – England 102, New Zealand 96

The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of the series and the Test predictor function is available here

Series schedule:

22-26 March – 1st Test, Auckland

30 March – 3 April – 2nd Test, Christchurch 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 13 March, after the Port Elizabeth Test):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)       

 Player      

Team

Pts

Avge

 Highest Rating

   1

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

 943

62.49

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

( - )

Kane Williamson

NZ

 855

50.62

893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   5

( - )

David Warner

Aus

 831

48.46

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6

( - )

C. Pujara

Ind

 810

50.51

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   7

(+5)

AB de Villiers

SA

 778

50.66

935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   8

(-1)

Azhar Ali

Pak

 755

46.62

787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

   9

(+1)

Hashim Amla

SA

 748

48.50

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  10

(-2)

Alastair Cook

Eng

 742

46.35

874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012


Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)       

Player

Team

 Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

  16

(+5)

U. Khawaja

Aus

 669

44.08

747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  66

(+16)

Tim Paine

Aus

 424*!

38.80

424 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2018

  78

(+15)

C. Bancroft

Aus

 380*!

27.18

380 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2018


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank            

(+/-) 

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

   1

(+1)

Kagiso Rabada

SA

 902!

21.45

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   2

(-1)

James Anderson

Eng

 887

27.40

896 v Win at Lord's 2017

   3

( - )

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

 844

23.73

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   4

(+2)

R. Ashwin

Ind

 803

25.56

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   5

(-1)

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

 796

26.02

863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

   6

(+2)

Neil Wagner

NZ

 784

27.87

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

   7

(+2)

Rangana Herath

SL

 777

28.18

867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   8

(-1)

Vernon Philander

SA

 776

22.19

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   9

(-4)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

 772

27.49

805 v SA at Durban 2018

  10

( - )

Nathan Lyon

Aus

 753

31.81

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017


Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)       

Player

Team

 Pts

 Avge

Highest Rating

23

(+4)

Pat Cummins

Aus

 599*!

 25.72

599 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2018

37

(+12)

Lungi Ngidi

SA

 405*!

 16.42

405 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

52

(+6)

Mitchell Marsh

Aus

 279*

 39.56

349 v Win at Melbourne 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

(+1)

Vernon Philander

SA

 314

376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014


*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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