Elgar, Amla move up in Test batting rankings

South Africa batsmen Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have moved up the ICC Test Player Rankings after notching fine centuries in the first Test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, which their team won by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Amla’s scores of 137 and 28 have helped him move up one place to seventh position in the latest rankings while left-handed opener Elgar’s innings of 199 and 18 have lifted him four places to 12th position in the latest rankings.

Amla has held the top ranking in the past while Elgar’s best has been 11th position in March this year.

Elgar and Amla are not the only South Africa batsmen to gain in the latest rankings, which also take into account the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, which Sri Lanka won by 21 runs on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has gained two places to reach 16th position while Temba Bavuma has moved up three places to reach a career-best 36th position.

Among their bowlers, pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has moved up one place to fifth position while left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj’s seven wickets in the match have seen him gain five places to reach a career-best 18th position.

This is the second-best position by a South Africa spinner after Paul Harris (sixth in December 2009) since their return to Test cricket. in 1992.

For Bangladesh, Mominul Haque has gained one slot to reach 37th rank among batsmen while Mahmudullah has moved up two places to take 52nd position.

Sri Lanka players have also made significant gains with captain Dinesh Chandimal gaining 13 slots to reach 20th position after scores of 155 not out and seven, opener Dimuth Karunaratne moving up five places to 26th place and Niroshan Dickwella moving up 20 places to take a career-best 41st position.

Dilruwan Perera (up one place to 26th), Nuwan Pradeep (up one place to 33rd) and Suranga Lakmal (up two places to 36th) are the ones to move northwards among their bowlers while Rangana Herath’s fine effort in the match has helped him gain ranking points but did not result in him moving up the table.

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Herath, who achieved the milestone of 400 Test wickets with his 11-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi, has gained 37 points to reach within six points of third-placed Ravichandran Ashwin of India.

Similarly, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s eight wickets in the Abu Dhabi Test have helped him only retain 15th place but his 715 rating points are the highest since December 2016. His compatriot Mohamad Abbas has gained three slots to reach 42nd position.

Among their batsmen, debutant Haris Sohail has entered the rankings at a creditable 71st position with scores of 76 and 34 while opener Shan Masood has gained six places to reach 105th position.

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank    ( /-)      Player               Team     Pts       Avge     Highest Rating

1       ( – )       Steve Smith          Aus       936       59.66     941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

2       ( – )       Joe Root              Eng       889       53.76     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

3       ( – )       K. Williamson        NZ        880       51.16     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

4       ( – )       C. Pujara             Ind        876       52.65     888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

5       ( – )       David Warner      Aus        807       47.94     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6       ( – )       Virat Kohli           Ind        806       49.55     895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

7       ( 1)      Hashim Amla       SA         776       49.39     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

8       (-1)       Azhar Ali             Pak       763       46.78      787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

9       ( – )       Lokesh Rahul      Ind        761*!    46.27      761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

10       ( – )       Ajinkya Rahane   Ind        760      47.61      825 v NZ at Indore 2016

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    ( /-)      Player                        Team      Pts       Avge      Highest Rating

1       ( – )       James Anderson           Eng         896!     27.39     896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2       ( – )       Ravindra Jadeja            Ind         884       23.60     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

3       ( – )       Ravichandran Ashwin    Ind         852       25.26     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

4       ( – )       Rangana Herath            SL          846       27.82    867 v Zim at Harare 2016

5       ( 1)      K. Rabada                    SA          795*     24.50     821 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

6       (-1)       J. Hazlewood                Aus        794       25.75     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

7       ( – )       Dale Steyn                    SA         756       22.30     909 v Win at Centurion 2014

8       ( – )       Nathan Lyon                 Aus        752 !    31.83      752 v Ban at Chittagong 2017

9       ( 1)      Neil Wagner                  NZ         745       28.90     767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

10       (-1)       V. Philander                  SA         744       22.45     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013