⦁ Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have an opportunity to move up the ladder; the Windies will defend their eighth place in the rankings
⦁ Galle Test will be Rangana Herath’s 93rd and last for Sri Lanka
The sport’s traditionalists will have one eye on Asia where seven of the world’s proud Test playing countries will not only try to establish their dominance over their respective rivals, but will also aim to improve their rankings in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.
Bangladesh will play host to Zimbabwe and the Windies in a two-Test series each, England will travel to Galle for first of the three Tests against Sri Lanka, while the United Arab Emirates will be the stage for the three-Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand.
Virat Kohli’s India leads the Test team rankings, but only 11 points separate second-ranked South Africa from seventh-ranked Pakistan. This means there could be movement in the middle of the pack, depending on how the four series pans out.
"I will be nervous but it’s just part of me getting into the role" – new @BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead is all set for his 'exciting' first assignment. #PAKvNZ— ICC (@ICC) October 31, 2018
Bangladesh can move ahead of the Windies in eighth place but to make that happen, they will have to win all the four Tests; England can rise to second, but will have to win the series; Sri Lanka can move ahead of fifth-placed Australia, but will have to win all the three Tests; New Zealand will rise to second irrespective of how Sri Lanka-England series ends if they sweep the three-Test series against Pakistan; while Pakistan can move ahead of Australia if they win 3-0.
The following are some permutations:
Bangladesh (67 points) v Zimbabwe (2 points)
⦁ If Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe 2-0 - Bangladesh 68 points, Zimbabwe 0
⦁ If series ends in a draw - Bangladesh 61 points, Zimbabwe 13 points
Bangladesh v the West Indies (76 points)
⦁ If Bangladesh (68 points, following a 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe) beat the West Indies (76 points) 2-0, they will rise to 76 points while the West Indies will drop to 71 points
⦁ If Bangladesh (68 points, following a 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe) draw with the West Indies, then Bangladesh will finish on 69 points while the West Indies will slip to 75 points
Sri Lanka (97 points) v England (105 points)
⦁ If Sri Lanka beat England 3-0 - Sri Lanka (New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Australia will be on 102 points, Sri Lanka will ranked above Australia), England 100 points
⦁ If Sri Lanka beat England 2-0 - Sri Lanka 101, England 101. England will be ranked above Sri Lanka
⦁ If Sri Lanka beat England 2-1 or 1-0 – Sri Lanka 100, England (102, ahead of Australia by a fraction)
⦁ If England beat Sri Lanka 3-0 – England 108 points (2nd), Sri Lanka 93 points
⦁ If England beat Sri Lanka 2-0 – England 107 points (2nd), Sri Lanka 94 points
⦁ If England beat Sri Lanka 2-1 or 1-0 – England 106 (2nd, ahead of SA by a fraction), Sri Lanka 95 points
Pakistan (95 points) v New Zealand (102 points) (team rankings will depend on how Sri Lanka-England series pans out as the Test table is updated at the end of a series)
⦁ If Pakistan beat New Zealand 3-0 – Pakistan 103, New Zealand 94
⦁ If Pakistan beat New Zealand 2-1 or 1-0 – Pakistan 99, New Zealand 98
⦁ If Pakistan beat New Zealand 2-0 – Pakistan 101, New Zealand 96
⦁ If New Zealand beat Pakistan 3-0 – New Zealand 109, Pakistan 89
⦁ If New Zealand beat Pakistan 2-1 or 1-0 – New Zealand 105, Pakistan 92
⦁ If New Zealand beat Pakistan 2-0 – New Zealand 107, Pakistan 90
Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and James Anderson of England will be the highest-ranked Test batter and bowler, respectively, who will be in action in the ICC’s pinnacle format this month.
Williamson is presently ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, but England captain Joe Root is narrowly behind him in fourth position.
Dimuth Karunaratne of Sri Lanka is his side’s highest-ranked batsman in seventh position, Azhar Ali is Pakistan’s highest-ranked batsman in 15th spot, Mushfiqur Rahim is Bangladesh’s highest-ranked batsman in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, while Brendan Taylor is Zimbabwe’s highest-ranked batsman in 46th position.
The Sri Lanka versus England series opener in Galle will be Rangana Herath’s 93rd and final Test. The left-arm spinner had made his debut at the same venue against Australia 19 years ago and will enter in his final Test as his side’s highest-ranked bowler in seventh place. With 430 wickets, he is his country’s second most successful bowler after Muttiah Muralidaran.
After his spectacular performance against Australia last month, Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas will be the other bowler to watch-out for this month. He is currently ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, but given he is still in the qualification period for bowlers, it is likely that he will move even further up the ladder depending on how he performs in the series.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult is sitting in sixth place and he will try to move ahead of fifth-ranked Ravindra Jadeja, who is 17 points ahead.
Mehedi Hasan will enter the Sylhet Test as Bangladesh’s highest-ranked bowler in 35th position.
The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Galle Test.
Schedule of Test series in November:
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe
3-7 November – 1st Test, Sylhet
11-15 November – 2nd Test, Mirpur
Sri Lanka v England
6-10 November – 1st Test, Galle
14-18 November – 2nd Test, Pallekele
23-27 November – 3rd Test, SSC
Pakistan v New Zealand
16-20 November – 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
24-28 November – 2nd Test, Dubai
3-7 December – 3rd Test, Abu Dhabi
Bangladesh v West Indies
22-26 November – 1st Test, Chittagong
30 November – 4 December – 2nd Test, Mirpur
MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings (as on 1 November):
(Developed by David Kendix)
MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings (As on 1 November):
BATSMEN (top 20)
|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||48.2||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||Aiden Markram||SA||703*||47.27||759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|11||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||41.4||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)
|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||M. Abbas||Pak||829*!||15.64||829 v Aus at Abu Dhabi 2018|
|4||Vernon Philander||SA||826||21.54||912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013|
|5||Ravindra Jadeja||Ind||812||23.5||899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017|
|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||Pat Cummins||Aus||784*||23.81||800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018|
|9||R. Ashwin||Ind||777||25.44||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
|10||Jason Holder||Win||766*!||28.5||766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018|
|11||Neil Wagner||NZ||765||28.26||785 v Win at Wellington 2017|
|12||Josh Hazlewood||Aus||744||26.84||863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017|
|13=||Stuart Broad||Eng||734||28.92||880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016|
|Shannon Gabriel||Win||734||30.2||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||Mitchell Starc||Aus||693||28.52||805 v SA at Durban 2018|
|18||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||Kemar Roach||Win||654||28.31||774 v SA at Centurion 2014|
ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)
|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|
* 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