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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.

Fixtures:

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):

Rank Team Points
1. India 115
2. South Africa 106
3. Australia 106
4. England 105
5. New Zealand 102
6. Sri Lanka 97
7. Pakistan 88
8. West Indies 77
9. Bangladesh 67
10. Zimbabwe 02
11. Afghanistan 00
12. Ireland 00

 

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

Rank Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating
1 Virat Kohli Ind 930 53.92 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 Steve Smith Aus 929 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 Kane Williamson NZ 847 50.35 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 Joe Root Eng 835 51.04 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5 David Warner Aus 820 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6 C. Pujara Ind 772 49.57 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7 D. Karunaratne SL 754! 37.28 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8 D. Chandimal SL 733 44.96 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9 Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10 Alastair Cook Eng 709 45.35 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
11 Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
12 Ross Taylor NZ 697 47.22 871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
13 Kraigg Brathwaite Win 695 37.94 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
14 Hashim Amla SA 673 47.23 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
15 Azhar Ali Pak 672 44.84 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
16 Faf du Plessis SA 665 42.33 734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
17 Kusal Mendis SL 641 36.78 693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
18 Jonny Bairstow Eng 637 37.19 772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
19 Lokesh Rahul Ind 635 38.53 761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
20 Usman Khawaja Aus 633 42 747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating
1 James Anderson Eng 899 26.84 903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
2 Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.71 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3 Vernon Philander SA 826 21.54 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
4 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 814 23.65 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
5 Pat Cummins Aus 800*! 23.81 800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
6 Trent Boult NZ 795 27.84 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
7 Rangana Herath SL 791 27.95 867 v Zim at Harare 2016
8 R. Ashwin Ind 769 25.59 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9 Neil Wagner NZ 765 28.26 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10 Josh Hazlewood Aus 759 26.84 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11 Shannon Gabriel Win 757! 29.57 757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12 Stuart Broad Eng 734 28.92 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
13 Jason Holder Win 732*! 29.35 732 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
14= Tim Southee NZ 720 30.82 799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
  Mitchell Starc Aus 720 28.17 805 v SA at Durban 2018
16 Nathan Lyon Aus 710 32.21 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17 Keshav Maharaj SA 692* 27.65 695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
18 Yasir Shah Pak 683 29.44 878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
19 Kemar Roach Win 667 28.31 774 v SA at Centurion 2014
20 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 665 31.87 705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 420 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 383 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 Vernon Philander SA 370 378 v SL at Galle 2018
4 Jason Holder Win 355/*! 355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
5 R. Ashwin Ind 343 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

 

 

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