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Star performers make impressive gains

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Jonny Bairstow of England, Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque and Yasir Shah of Pakistan have made impressive gains in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings following their contributions in their sides’ convincing victories earlier this week.

• James Anderson returns number-one bowling ranking to Kagiso Rabada

Bairstow’s 110 and 15 was the cornerstone of England’s 42-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, which gave the visitors a 3-0 series win, Mominul scored 120 and 12 as Bangladesh defeated the Windies by 64 runs in Chittagong for their maiden win over the Caribbean side, and Yasir recorded match figures of 14 for 184 as Pakistan bounced back in Dubai to level the series with New Zealand following an innings-and-16-run victory.

These performances not only earned the three players the match awards, but also reflected in the latest player rankings, which were released Wednesday morning.

Bairstow has returned to the top-20 in 16th place after rising six places, Mominul is now just outside the top-20 in 24th place after moving up 11 places and Yasir is back in the top-10 in 10th position after jumping nine places.

A number of other players have improved their rankings, following impressive performances in the just-concluded Tests.

In the batting table, which Virat Kohli of India continues to lead, Azhar Ali has moved up three places to 12th, Kusal Mendis is 20th (up by eight places), Ben Stokes is 31st (up by five places), Roshen Silva is 48th (up by five places) and Shane Dowrich is 58th (up by seven places).

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls leads the pack of batsmen who have achieved career-high rankings.

Nicholls is now ranked 17th (up by three places), Jos Buttler is 18th (up by three places), Haris Sohail is 38th (up by 33 places), Babar Azam is 39th (up by 24 places) and Ben Foakes is 50th (up by four places).

In the bowlers’ table, Kagiso Rabada has become the number-one bowler after England’s James Anderson lost one per cent of his points for missing the Colombo Test. This meant Anderson lost nine points and has now dropped eight points behind the South Africa fast bowler.

Apart from Yasir, other bowlers to move up the ladder are: Taijul Islam at a career-high 21st position (up six places), Stokes at 28th (up three places), Devendra Bishoo at 32nd (up two places), Adil Rashid at a career-best 36th (up two places), Jack Leach at 41st (up two places), Lakshan Sandakan at a career-high 45th (up 11 places) and Malinda Pushpakumara at 61st (up 15 places).

Media release on MRF Tyres ICC Media Team Rankings post Sri Lanka and England Test series is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings (as on 28 November, after Chittagong, Colombo and Dubai Tests)

BATSMEN (top 30)

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 876 50.42 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 807 50.44 917 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 753 37.6 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8 ( - ) Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9 ( - ) Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10 (+1) Usman Khawaja Aus 699 43.83 747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
11 (-1) D. Chandimal SL 695 44.28 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
12 (+3) Azhar Ali Pak 683 44.47 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
13 (-1) Ross Taylor NZ 682 46.59 871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
14 (-1) Hashim Amla SA 673 47.23 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
15 (-1) Faf du Plessis SA 665 42.33 734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
16 (+6) Jonny Bairstow Eng 653 37.71 772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
17 (+3) Henry Nicholls NZ 644*! 36.07 644 v Pak at Dubai 2018
18 (+3) Jos Buttler Eng 635! 36.76 635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018
19 (-2) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 633 41.4 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
20 (+8) Kusal Mendis SL 627 36.11 693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
21= (-3) Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 611 35.32 658 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
      (+2) Asad Shafiq Pak 611 39.15 758 v Eng at Lord's 2016
23 (-7) Angelo Mathews SL 609 43.05 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
24= (+11) Mominul Haque Ban 608 44.35 661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
      (+2) Lokesh Rahul Ind 608 37.71 761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
26= (+1) Brendan Taylor Zim 607* 35.38 684 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
      (-8) Kraigg Brathwaite Win 607 35.97 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
28 (-4) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 603 39.23 694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
29 (-5) BJ Watling NZ 601 37.61 644 v Eng at Headingley 2015
30 (-1) Quinton de Kock SA 593 36.32 802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

 

BOWLERS (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge Highest rating
1 (+1) Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.71 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
2 (-1) James Anderson Eng 874 26.98 903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
3 ( - ) M. Abbas Pak 829* 16.62 838 v NZ 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 (+1) Pat Cummins Aus 784* 23.81 800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
7 (+1) R. Ashwin Ind 777 25.44 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
8 (-2) Trent Boult NZ 772 28.07 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
9 ( - ) Jason Holder Win 758* 28.5 766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018
10 (+9) Yasir Shah Pak 752 28.23 878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
11 (+1) Shannon Gabriel Win 749 29.73 757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12 (-1) Josh Hazlewood Aus 744 26.84 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
13 (-3) Neil Wagner NZ 740 28.49 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
14= (+1) Nathan Lyon Aus 706 32.21 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
      ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 706 30.82 799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
16 (-3) Stuart Broad Eng 694 29.04 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
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 (-1) Dilruwan Perera SL 689! 31.49 689 v Eng at Colombo (SSC) 2018
20 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 673 31.44 705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
21 (+6) Taijul Islam Ban 652*! 31.1 652 v Win at Chittagong 2018
22 ( - ) M. Shami Ind 637 29.96 703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
23 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 635 22.64 909 v Win at Centurion 2014
24 (-4) Kemar Roach Win 628 28.59 774 v SA at Centurion 2014
25 (-1) Umesh Yadav Ind 613! 32.85 613 v Win at Hyderabad 2018
26 (-1) Ishant Sharma Ind 603 34.73 671 v Win at Dominica 2011
27 (-1) Moeen Ali Eng 600 37.44 633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017
28 (+3) Ben Stokes Eng 588 32.7 596 v Win at Lord's 2017
29 ( - ) B. Kumar Ind 578* 26.09 626 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
30 (-2) Mehidy Hasan Ban 574* 33.12 580 v Zim at Dhaka 2018

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 405 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 400 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 ( - ) Jason Holder Win 372 /* 381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018
4 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 370 378 v SL at Galle 2018
5 (+1) Ben Stokes Eng 342 396 v Win at Lord's 2017


*
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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