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Abbas reaches third position in quick time

Mohammad Abbas
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has taken only 10 Tests to reach third place in bowlers' rankings chart.


• The fast bowler emulates compatriot Yasir Shah in reaching 800 rating points in only 10 Tests, becomes only the 10th from Pakistan to reach that threshold

• Fakhar makes impressive entry, Finch moves up further in debut series

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has taken only 10 Tests to reach third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a stupendous 10-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi helped his side defeat Australia by 373 runs.

The 28-year-old has gained 11 slots to reach the top three and has also crossed 800 rating points, matching compatriot Yasir Shah and South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander who also reached that threshold in 10 Tests.

Three players who reached the 800-point mark in fewer Tests did so in the 19th century – England’s Tom Richardson (eight) matches in 1896, Australia’s Charlie Turner (nine) in 1892 and John Ferris (nine) in 1892, who turned out for both England and Australia.

Abbas, who started the series in 21st position, is the 10th Pakistan bowler to reach 800 rating points. Apart from Abbas and Yasir, the others to breach the 800-point barrier from Pakistan are Fazal Mahmood (16 Tests), Imran Khan and Wasim Akram (both 37), Waqar Younis (12), Mushtaq Ahmed (25), Shoaib Akhtar (29), Mohammad Asif and Saeed Ajmal (both 19).

Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif is another bowler to gain in the latest update, advancing 17 slots to 52nd position, while Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained 17 slots among batsmen after his knocks of 94 and 81 in the second Test.

Fakhar Zaman has entered the rankings in 68th position after scores of 94 and 66 on debut
Fakhar Zaman has entered the rankings in 68th position after scores of 94 and 66 on debut

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has entered the rankings in 68th position after scores of 94 and 66 on debut while Babar Azam (up nine places to a career-best 76th), Australia’s Aaron Finch (up 15 places to 59th), Mitchell Starc (up seven places to 89th) and Travis Head (up five places to 97th) are the others to advance among batsmen.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s 1-0 series win in the two-match series has helped them gain seven points in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, coming within two points of sixth-placed Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Australia have slipped from third to fifth position.

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 21 October, after the Abu Dhabi Test):

RankTeamPoints
1India116
2South Africa106
3England105
4New Zealand102
5Australia102 (- 4)
6Sri Lanka97
7Pakistan95 (+7)
8West Indies76
9Bangladesh67
10Zimbabwe2
11Afghanistan0
12Ireland0

 

(Developed by David Kendrix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Ranking (as of 21 October, after the Abu Dhabi Test):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

935

54.57

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

910

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

803

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6

( - )

C. Pujara

Ind

765

49.54

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

(+1)

Aiden Markram

SA

703*

47.27

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

11

(-1)

Usman Khawaja

Aus

699

43.83

747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

12

( - )

Ross Taylor

NZ

697

47.22

871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

13

( - )

Hashim Amla

SA

673

47.23

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

14

( - )

Faf du Plessis

SA

665

42.33

734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

15

( - )

Azhar Ali

Pak

648

44.19

787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

16

( - )

Kusal Mendis

SL

641

36.78

693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

17

( - )

Jonny Bairstow

Eng

637

37.19

772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

18

( - )

Ajinkya Rahane

Ind

633

41.40

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

19=

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

632

39.69

694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

 

( - )

Kraigg Brathwaite

Win

632

36.54

701 v Eng at Headingley 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

(+11)

M. Abbas

Pak

829*!

15.64

829 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2018

4

(-1)

Vernon Philander

SA

826

21.54

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5

(-1)

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

812

23.50

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

(-1)

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

(-2)

Pat Cummins

Aus

784*

23.81

800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

9

(-1)

R. Ashwin

Ind

777

25.44

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10

(-1)

Jason Holder

Win

766*!

28.50

766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

11

(-1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

765

28.26

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

12

(-1)

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

744

26.84

863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

13=

(-1)

Stuart Broad

Eng

734

28.92

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

 

(-1)

Shannon Gabriel

Win

734

30.20

757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

15

( - )

Tim Southee

NZ

720

30.82

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

16

( - )

Nathan Lyon

Aus

706

32.21

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

17

(+1)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

693

28.52

805 v SA at Durban 2018

18

(-1)

Keshav Maharaj

SA

692*

27.65

695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

19

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

665

31.87

705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

20

(+1)

Kemar Roach

Win

654

28.31

774 v SA at Centurion 2014

 

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

400

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

380/*

381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

4

( - )

Vernon Philander

SA

370

378 v SL at Galle 2018

5

( - )

R. Ashwin

Ind

341

493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

 

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