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Olivier ends series on high, de Kock also moves up

Duanne Olivier's 24 wickets in the series put him in the top 25 of the rankings
South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier has reached a career-best 24th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after another stellar performance in the final Test in Johannesburg, which his side won by 107 runs to complete a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan.

• Babar, Faheem and Imam among those to attain career-best rankings in latest update

Olivier’s match haul of eight for 125 in the final game has lifted him eight slots in the list led by his compatriot Kagiso Rabada. His 24 wickets in the series not only got him the player of the series award, but also see him gain 29 slots overall in the rankings after starting the series in 53rd place.

South Africa, who have reached second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after their impressive series victory, also had their batsmen move up the rankings with Johannesburg man of the match Quinton de Kock (18 and 129 runs in his two innings) gaining 12 berths to reach 14th position. Former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 10th) and opener Aiden Markram (up two places to eighth) have also made significant gains.

For Pakistan, Babar Azam has moved up five places to a career-best 20th position and Asad Shafiq is not far behind after inching up one slot to 23rd place. Openers Imam-ul-Haq (up 23 places to 73rd) and Shan Masood (up two places to 63rd) have also reached career-best positions.

Among their bowlers, Mohammad Amir has gained three slots to reach 31st position while other fast bowler Faheem Ashraf has lifted 48 slots to a career-best 58th position after finishing with six wickets in the match. Spinner Shadab Khan has also reached a career-best place after gaining 23 places to reach 78th in the list.

The emphatic series win has helped South Africa overtake New Zealand and England in the team rankings. South Africa have gained four points to reach 110 points, two points above England in the list led by India with 116 points. Pakistan have slipped behind Sri Lanka to seventh place and 88 points.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 15 January, after the South Africa-Pakistan series):

Rank Team Points
1 India 116
2 South Africa 110 (+4)
3 England 108
4 New Zealand 107
5 Australia 101
6 Sri Lanka 91
7 Pakistan 88 (-4)
8 West Indies 70
9 Bangladesh 69
10 Zimbabwe 13
11 Afghanistan 00
12 Ireland 00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 15 January, after the Johannesburg Test)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

( - )

K. Williamson

NZ

897

51.44

915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3

( - )

C. Pujara

Ind

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

874

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

807

50.44

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6

( - )

David Warner

Aus

772

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

( - )

Henry Nicholls

NZ

763*!

43.54

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

8

(+2)

Aiden Markram

SA

741*

45.96

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

( - )

D. Karunaratne

SL

715

37.08

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

10

(+3)

Hashim Amla

SA

711

47.33

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013 

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

14

(+12)

Q. de Kock

SA

683

38.17

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

20

(+5)

Babar Azam

Pak

658!

35.28

658 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

23=

(+1)

Asad Shafiq

Pak

643

38.94

758 v Eng at Lord's 2016

63

(+2)

Shan Masood

Pak

470*!

26.43

470 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

73

(+23)

Imam-ul-Haq

Pak

433*!

28.41

433 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

99

(+11)

T. de Bruyn

SA

332*!

20.35

332 v Pak at Johannesburg 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

K. Rabada

SA

882

21.41

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2

( - )

J. Anderson

Eng

874

26.98

903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

3

( - )

V. Philander

SA

809

21.73

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4

(-1)

Pat Cummins

Aus

804*

24.51

836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

5

( - )

R. Jadeja

Ind

794

23.68

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

(+1)

Trent Boult

NZ

771

27.90

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

7

(-1)

M. Abbas

Pak

770*

18.86

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

8

( - )

Tim Southee

NZ

767

29.93

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

9

( - )

R. Ashwin

Ind

763

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

751*

28.50

766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

24

(+8)

D. Olivier

SA

642*!

18.19

642 v Pak at Johannesburg 2019

31=

(+3)

M. Amir

Pak

573*

30.47

658 v Eng at Lord's 2010

58

(+48)

F. Ashraf

Pak

292*!

26.09

292 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

78

(+23)

Shadab Khan

Pak

202*!

38.83

202 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

S. Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2

( - )

R. Jadeja

Ind

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

365/*

381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

4

(+1)

Ben Stokes

Eng

342

396 v Win at Lord's 2017

5

(-1)

V. Philander

SA

341

378 v SL at Galle 2018

 

*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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