England pacemen move up in rankings

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It was the turn of England’s pacemen to make progress on the ICC Test player rankings, putting up a fine show that helped score an innings and 55 runs victory over Pakistan in the second Test at Headingley to finish the two-match series at 1-1.

If player of the series Mohammad Abbas and left-arm bowler Mohammad Amir had made significant progress while helping Pakistan win the opening Test at Lord’s, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes have moved up the rankings after the second Test.

Broad’s figures of three for 38 and three for 28 have helped him gain two spots and move to 12th place, the position on which he had started the series while Woakes has gained one spot to reach 34th place after taking four wickets in the match.

James Anderson’s five wickets have helped him gain three points to reach within five points of top-ranked Kagiso Rabada (897 points).

Among their batsmen, Jos Buttler is the biggest gainer, as his player of the match effort of 80 not out has lifted him 19 places to 63rd position.

Opener Alastair Cook (up one place to 13th), Dawid Malan (up one place to 60th) and Dominic Bess (up 23 places to 92) are the others to gain.

For Pakistan, Abbas and Amir have retained their 20th and 32nd places respectively, while leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan has moved up three places to 93rd among bowlers and 22 places to 108th among batsmen.

Seam bowler Faheem Ashraf (up 18 places to 98th) and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail (up two places to 77th) are the other gainers in the latest rankings.

Seventh-ranked Pakistan could have swapped places with fifth-ranked England had they managed to win the second Test but the result means there are no change of places on the ICC Test team rankings with England losing one point and Pakistan gaining one.

In a series starting on Wednesday, the Windies play three Tests against Sri Lanka at home, with a chance to improve their position in the team rankings.

A 2-0 or verdict could help ninth-placed Windies overtake Bangladesh while pulling Sri Lanka down from sixth to seventh position.

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-) 

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

 Highest Rating

1

( – )

Steve Smith

Aus

929

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

2

( – )

Virat Kohli

Ind

912!

53.40

912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

3

( – )

Joe Root

Eng

855

52.28

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4

( – )

Kane Williamson

NZ

847

50.35

893 v Aus at Perth 2015

5

( – )

David Warner

Aus

820

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6

( – )

C. Pujara

Ind

810

50.51

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

7

( – )

Dean Elgar

SA

784!

42.58

784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

8

( – )

Aiden Markram

SA

759*!

55.55

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

( – )

Hashim Amla

SA

726

48.03

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

10

( – )

D. Chandimal

SL

722

43.75

746 v Ban at Chittagong 2018

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank  

  (+/-) 

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( – )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

897

21.59

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2

( – )

James Anderson

Eng

892

27.23

896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

3

( – )

Vernon Philander

SA

845

21.46

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4

( – )

Ravindra Jadeja

Ind

844

23.73

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

5

( – )

R. Ashwin

Ind

803

25.56

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

6=

( – )

Morne Morkel

SA

800!

27.66

800 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

( – )

Pat Cummins

Aus

800*!

23.81

800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

8

( – )

Trent Boult

NZ

795

27.84

825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

9

( – )

Rangana Herath

SL

777

28.18

867 v Zim at Harare 2016

10

( – )

Neil Wagner

NZ

765

28.26

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

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