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Chance for Pakistan, Australia to improve rankings

Both Pakistan and Australia will have the opportunity to move higher in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings when they face off in the UAE.

• A series win will see Australia overtake South Africa to second position, Pakistan can edge Sri Lanka to sixth position with a 2-0 win

• India look to maintain top position in two-match series against the West Indies

• Kohli gets an opportunity to consolidate top position, Azhar, Khawaja, Brathwaite other leading batsmen in upcoming series

• Cummins, Gabriel, Jadeja and Yasir lead the list of bowlers in forthcoming series

Pakistan host Australia for a two-match series in the United Arab Emirates starting Sunday, with both sides having the chance to improve their positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.

A 2-0 series win will allow Pakistan to edge past Sri Lanka to No.6
A 2-0 series win will allow Pakistan to edge past Sri Lanka to No.6

The series gives Pakistan the opportunity to edge Sri Lanka to sixth position if they are able to complete a 2-0 series win over the opposition, while a 1-0 series win will be enough for Australia to overtake South Africa and claim second position behind India.

Pakistan will move to 97 points if they win both Tests and ahead of Sri Lanka on decimal points while Australia, who are presently on 106 points and behind South Africa only on decimal points, will move ahead with a series win. They will advance to 107 points with a 1-0 win and to 109 points if they prevail 2-0.

In a series that starts earlier on Thursday, India will be looking to ensure they do not lose any points in a bid to maintain their top position. India lead the table with 115 points but only stand to gain one point even with a 2-0 series win owing to the large difference in rating points with the West Indies. On the other hand, India can slip to 108 points with an unlikely 2-0 loss and Australia could overtake them if they defeat Pakistan 2-0.

For the West Indies, even a 2-0 series win will at best help them bridge the gap with Pakistan and Sri Lanka but will not pull them up from their present eighth position.

Series scenarios:

India v West Indies:

India win 2-0: India 116 points, West Indies 76 points
India win 1-0: India 114, West Indies 78
Drawn series: India 112, West Indies 81
West Indies win 1-0: India 109, West Indies 84
West Indies win 2-0: India 108, West Indies 85

Pakistan v Australia:

Pakistan win 2-0: Pakistan 97 points, Australia 100 points
Pakistan win 1-0: Pakistan 95, Australia 102
Drawn series: Pakistan 90, Australia 105
Australia win 1-0: Pakistan 86, Australia 107
Australia win 2-0: Pakistan 84, Australia 109

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, India captain Virat Kohli would be aiming to consolidate his position at the top of the table since he is ahead of Australia captain Steve Smith by only one point. Cheteshwar Pujara (sixth) and Lokesh Rahul (19th) will be other leading India batsmen in the series while the spin pair of Ravindra Jadeja (fourth) and Ravichandran Ashwin (eighth) would be looking to capitalize on home conditions.

The West Indies boast of Kraigg Brathwaite in 13th position while three of their fast bowlers are in the top 20 – Shannon Gabriel (11th), Jason Holder (13th) and Kemar Roach (19th) – and would be hoping to get some help from the Indian wickets.

For Australia, Usman Khawaja is the leading batsman in 20th position in the absence of Smith and David Warner, while Mitchell Starc (joint-14th) and Nathan Lyon (16th) are the leading bowlers.

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali is in 15th position and 672 points, just one behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, while leg-spinner Yasir Shah, formerly a top-ranked bowler, would be looking to find his way back from 18th position after missing this year’s tour of Ireland and England due to a groin injury. Yasir had taken 12 wickets in a 2-0 series win over Australia in the UAE four years ago.


India v West Indies

4-8 October – 1st Test, Rajkot
12-16 October – 2nd Test, Hyderabad

Pakistan v Australia

7-11 October – 1st Test, Dubai
16-20 October – 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

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.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 2 October, before the India v West Indies and Pakistan v Australia series):

2.South Africa106
5.New Zealand102
6.Sri Lanka97
8.West Indies77


MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 2 October, before the India v West Indies and Pakistan v Australia series):
BATSMEN (top 20)

RankPlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1Virat KohliInd93053.92937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2Steve SmithAus92961.37947 v SA at Durban 2018
3Kane WilliamsonNZ84750.35893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4Joe RootEng83551.04917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5David WarnerAus82048.2880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6C. PujaraInd77249.57888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7D. KarunaratneSL754!37.28754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8D. ChandimalSL73344.96755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9Dean ElgarSA72441.05784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10Alastair CookEng70945.35874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
11Aiden MarkramSA703*47.27759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
12Ross TaylorNZ69747.22871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
13Kraigg BrathwaiteWin69537.94701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
14Hashim AmlaSA67347.23907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
15Azhar AliPak67244.84787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
16Faf du PlessisSA66542.33734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
17Kusal MendisSL64136.78693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
18Jonny BairstowEng63737.19772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
19Lokesh RahulInd63538.53761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
20Usman KhawajaAus63342747 v Pak at Sydney 2017


BOWLERS (top 20)

RankPlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1James AndersonEng89926.84903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
2Kagiso RabadaSA88221.71902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3Vernon PhilanderSA82621.54912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
4Ravindra JadejaInd81423.65899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
5Pat CumminsAus800*!23.81800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
6Trent BoultNZ79527.84825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
7Rangana HerathSL79127.95867 v Zim at Harare 2016
8R. AshwinInd76925.59904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9Neil WagnerNZ76528.26785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10Josh HazlewoodAus75926.84863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11Shannon GabrielWin757!29.57757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12Stuart BroadEng73428.92880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
13Jason HolderWin732*!29.35732 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
14=Tim SoutheeNZ72030.82799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
 Mitchell StarcAus72028.17805 v SA at Durban 2018
16Nathan LyonAus71032.21774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17Keshav MaharajSA692*27.65695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
18Yasir ShahPak68329.44878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
19Kemar RoachWin66728.31774 v SA at Centurion 2014
20Shakib Al HasanBan66531.87705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017


ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

RankPlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1Shakib Al HasanBan420489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2Ravindra JadejaInd383438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3Vernon PhilanderSA370378 v SL at Galle 2018
4Jason HolderWin355/*!355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
5R. AshwinInd343493 v Eng at Mohali 2016



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