Rankings boost for Moeen after Proteas demolition
England allrounder Moeen Ali finished the series against South Africa with career-best rankings as a batsman, bowler and all-rounder after another stellar show in the fourth and final Test which his side won by 177 runs on Monday to clinch the series 3-1.
Moeen’s scores of 14 and 75 not out helped him move up three positions back to a career-best 21st position among batsmen in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings while his seven wickets in the match have enabled him to retain a career-best ranking of 18th among bowlers and fourth in the table for all-rounders, in which he has crossed 400 points for the first time.
His rise in the rankings was due to consistent performances as he became the first player to score 250 runs and take 25 wickets in a four-Test series and was named the player of the series along with South Africa’s Morne Morkel.
Moeen had started the series at number 27 among batsmen, 30th among bowlers and sixth in the table for all-rounders.
His team-mates Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson too have made significant progress.
Bairstow’s knocks of 99 and 10 have helped him reach a career-best rank of seventh while Anderson’s seven wickets have helped him overtake India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to take second place among bowlers.
For the Proteas, Hashim Amla’s knocks of 30 and 83 have helped him move up one slot to ninth position while pace bowler Duanne Olivier’s five wickets in the match have taken him up 27 slots up to a career-best 51st position.
Meanwhile, India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have made notable movements after their centuries in the Colombo Test helped India take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series with an innings and 53 runs win over Sri Lanka.
Pujara’s knock of 133 in his 50th Test has helped him to a career-high 888 points and third position while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth position with a score of 132.
Ravindra Jadeja‘s knock of 70 not out and seven wickets have seen him edge out Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to take the top position among all-rounders for the first time.
Jadeja, who is the top-ranked Test bowler, has also gained nine places to reach 51st rank among batsmen while India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.
Pace bowlers Mohammad Shami (up three places to 20th) and Umesh Yadav (up three places to 22nd) have made notable gains.
For Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis has moved up 10 places to 19th position after scores of 24 and 110 in the Colombo Test while opener Dimuth Karunaratne has gained 13 slots to reach 24th rank after scores of 25 and 141.
Niroshan Dickwella has moved up 21 slots to a career-best 68th position.
Batsmen (top 10)
Rank ( /-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 941! 61.05 941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017
2 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 891 53.21 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
3 ( 1) C. Pujara Ind 888! 53.23 888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 (-1) K. Williamson NZ 880 51.16 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
5 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 813 49.63 895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017
6 ( 5) A. Rahane Ind 776 48.13 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
7 ( 2) J. Bairstow Eng 772! 41.26 772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
8 (-2) Azhar Ali Pak 769 46.86 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
9 ( 1) Hashim Amla SA 764 49.00 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
10 (-3) David Warner Aus 759 47.42 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
Bowlers (top 10)
Rank ( /-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) R. Jadeja Ind 893 23.60 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
2 ( 1) J. Anderson Eng 860 27.90 884 v SL at Durham 2016
3 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 842 25.47 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
4 ( – ) J. Hazlewood Aus 826 25.39 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
5 (-1) R. Herath SL 817 28.25 867 v Zim at Harare 2016
6 ( – ) K. Rabada SA 785* 24.56 821 v SL at Johannesburg 2017
7 ( 1) Stuart Broad Eng 775 28.64 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
8 (-1) Dale Steyn SA 763 22.30 909 v WI at Centurion 2014
9 ( – ) V. Philander SA 751 22.45 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
10 ( – ) Neil Wagner NZ 745 28.90 767 v SA at Dunedin 2017
All-rounders (top five)
Rank ( /-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( 1) R. Jadeja Ind 438! 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
2 (-1) S. Al Hasan Ban 431 443 v NZ at Christchurch 2017
3 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 418 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
4 ( – ) Moeen Ali Eng 409! 409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
5 ( – ) Ben Stokes Eng 360 /* 362 v SA at The Oval 2017
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