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Karunaratne, Dananjaya and Maharaj on the move

Sri Lanka
Dimuth Karunaratne has become Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked Test batsman, while Keshav Maharaj has returned to the top-20 in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning following the conclusion of the Colombo Test.

• James Anderson to start England’s 1000th Test as the number-one ranked bowler in the world; Steyn at his lowest points total in 12 years

• 12-point swing for Sri Lanka following their 2-0 series win over South Africa

Karunaratne scored 53 and 85, and also benefitted from Dinesh Chandimal’s absence as well as below-par performances from Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram to move up three places to a career-best seventh position. Karunaratne now leads Chandimal by 21 points, while he is ahead of ninth-ranked Elgar and 10th-ranked Markram by 30 and 51 points, respectively.

Karunaratne’s opening partner Danushka Gunathilaka, who also scored two half-centuries and was involved in opening partnerships of 116 and 91, has made an impressive gain of 36 places and now occupies 73rd position.

Theunis de Bruyn was the biggest mover in the latest rankings
Theunis de Bruyn was the biggest mover in the latest rankings

The biggest mover in the latest rankings is South Africa’s middle-order batsman Theunis de Bruyn. Although de Bruyn’s 101 failed to save his side from a 199-run defeat, his maiden Test century in his sixth Test has lifted the 25-year-old from 148th to 105th (up by 43 places).

The batting table is headed by Australia’s Steve Smith, although second-ranked Virat Kohli will be eyeing the number-one spot when he leads India in the five-Test series starting at Edgbaston next week. Kohli is presently 26 points behind Smith, but leads his third-ranked opposite number Joe Root by 48 points.

Maharaj has been rewarded with a rise of five places following his match figures of 12 for 283, including nine for 129 in the first innings. Maharaj is now ranked 18th in the world and his tally of points (692) is the most for a South Africa spinner since Paul Harris reached 705 in December 2009.

Maharaj was not the only slow bowler to improve his ranking. Sri Lanka off-spinners Dilruwan Perera and Akila Dananjaya have also made upward movements.

Keshav Maharaj jumped five places to the 18th spot in the bowlers' rankings
Keshav Maharaj jumped five places to the 18th spot in the bowlers' rankings

Perera, who had figures of four for 40 and two for 90, has jumped two places to 23rd, while Dananjaya has achieved a career-high ranking of 39th (up by 16 places) following figures of five for 52 and two for 67.

Rangana Herath, who took seven wickets in the match, including six for 98 in the second innings, has consolidated his eighth position by narrowing the gap with seventh-ranked Trent Boult to four points after collecting 26 points.

However, there was bad news for South Africa fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn.

After picking up just one wicket, Rabada has fallen from the number-one ranking, which means England’s most successful bowler, James Anderson, will start his country’s 1000th Test as the top-ranked bowler. Rabada had claimed the top-spot from Anderson following the Port Elizabeth Test against Australia earlier this year.

Rabada had entered the Colombo Test leading Anderson by seven points and now trails the Lancastrian by 10 points.

Likewise, Steyn remained wicketless in the Colombo Test. As a result, he has conceded 36 points and dropped five places in the latest rankings. Steyn is now ranked 24th on 635 points, which is his lowest points total since 544 in October 2007.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and South Africa have moved in opposite directions on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following the home side’s 2-0 series win.

Second-ranked South Africa have joined Australia on 106 points after conceding six points, while sixth-ranked Sri Lanka have joined England on 97 points after collecting six points. However, South Africa is ranked above Australia and Sri Lanka is ranked below England, when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

South Africa’s dip means India will retain their No.1 ranking irrespective of how their five-Test series against England pans out, but England can rise to as high as second if they make a clean sweep of the series. The series starts at Edgbaston on 1 August.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 24 July, following the conclusion of Sri Lanka v South Africa Test):

2South Africa106 (-6)
4New Zealand102
6Sri Lanka97 (+6)
8West Indies77

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings (as on 24 July, following the conclusion of Colombo Test):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgHighest rating
1( - )Steve SmithAus92961.37947 v SA at Durban 2018
2( - )Virat KohliInd90353.4912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
3( - )Joe RootEng85552.28917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
4( - )Kane WilliamsonNZ84750.35893 v Aus at Perth 2015
5( - )David WarnerAus82048.2880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6( - )C. PujaraInd79950.34888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7(+3)D. KarunaratneSL754!37.28754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8(+1)D. ChandimalSL73344.96755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9(-1)Dean ElgarSA72441.05784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10(-3)Aiden MarkramSA703*47.27759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
11( - )Ross TaylorNZ69747.22871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
12(+1)Kraigg BrathwaiteWin69537.94701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
13(+1)Alastair CookEng68645.65874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
14(-3)Hashim AmlaSA67347.23907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
15( - )Azhar AliPak67244.84787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
16( - )Jonny BairstowEng67038.4772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
17(-1)Faf du PlessisSA66542.33734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
18( - )Lokesh RahulInd661*40.86761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
19(+1)Ajinkya RahaneInd64543.17825 v NZ at Indore 2016
20(-1)Kusal MendisSL64136.78693 v Win at St Lucia 2018


BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1(+1)James AndersonEng89227.23896 v Win at Lord's 2017
2(-1)Kagiso RabadaSA88221.71902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3( - )Ravindra JadejaInd86623.11899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
4( - )Vernon PhilanderSA82621.54912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5( - )R. AshwinInd81125.34904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
6( - )Pat CumminsAus800*!23.81800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
7( - )Trent BoultNZ79527.84825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
8( - )Rangana HerathSL79127.95867 v Zim at Harare 2016
9(-1)Neil WagnerNZ76528.26785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10( - )Josh HazlewoodAus75926.84863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11( - )Shannon GabrielWin757!29.57757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12( - )Stuart BroadEng74228.89880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
13( - )Jason HolderWin731*!29.35731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
  14=( - )Tim SoutheeNZ72030.82799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
     ( - )Mitchell StarcAus72028.17805 v SA at Durban 2018
16( - )Nathan LyonAus71032.21774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17( - )M. ShamiInd69628.9703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
18(+5)Keshav MaharajSA692*27.65695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
19(-1)Yasir ShahPak68329.44878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
20( - )Kemar RoachWin66728.31774 v SA at Centurion 2014


ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1( - )Shakib Al HasanBan420489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2( - )Ravindra JadejaInd394438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3( - )Vernon PhilanderSA370379 v SL at Galle 2018
4( - )R. AshwinInd365493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
5( - )Jason HolderWin354 /*355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018


*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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