England allrounders go on rankings charge

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England all-rounder Sam Curran has made quick gains in the ICC Test Player Rankings while spinner Moeen Ali has also moved up after the Southampton Test, which the home side won by 60 runs on Sunday to take a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

The 20-year-old Curran has moved up 29 places to 43rd position among batsmen after producing crucial knocks of 78 and 46 in his fourth Test match. The left-hander, son of former Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin Curran and younger brother of England player Tom Curran, has also gained 11 places to reach 55th place in the bowlers’ list and 15th position among all-rounders after gaining 27 slots.

The 20-year-old Sam Curran has moved up 29 places to 43rd position among batsmen

The 20-year-old Sam Curran has moved up 29 places to 43rd position among batsmen

Player of the match Ali’s haul of nine wickets has helped him move up three places to 33rd position with a huge gain in rating points. The off-spinner, who grabbed five for 63 and four for 71 in the two innings, has gained 66 points to reach 543 points in bowling, while also gaining one slot to reach seventh place among all-rounders.

Jos Buttler has gained 15 slots to reach a career-best 32nd position in the batsmen’s list and 584 rating points, just five behind England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has also gained three places to reach 29th position. Opener Keaton Jennings is another one to gain, moving up four places to 86th position in the list for batsmen.

For India, captain Virat Kohli has retained his number one slot and a career-high 937 rating points after innings of 46 and 58 in the fourth Test. Kohli, who has scored 544 runs in his eight innings this series, is 11th in the list of best ever in terms of rating points, just one adrift of a group of four – Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara.

Virat Kohli has retained his number one slot and reached a career-high 937 rating points

Virat Kohli has retained his number one slot and reached a career-high 937 rating points

Similarly, Cheteshwar Pujara stays in sixth position but his unbeaten 132, which helped India take the first innings lead, has lifted him from 763 to 798 points.

India fast bowler Mohammad Shami has progressed back to the top 20 as his six-wicket match haul has lifted him three places to 19th position among bowlers, while his fellow fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s four wickets see him move up one place to 25th position. Jasprit Bumrah has continued the strong start to his Test career, moving to a career-best 487 points while retaining 37th position after his fifth Test.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 3 September, following the Southampton Test):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank ( /-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 937! 54.44 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 929 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 847 50.35 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 ( – ) David Warner Aus 820 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
5 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 809 50.85 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
6 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 798 50.23 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7 ( – ) D.Karunaratne SL 754! 37.28 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8 ( – ) D. Chandimal SL 733 44.96 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9 ( – ) Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10 ( – ) Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
11 ( – ) Ross Taylor NZ 697 47.22 871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
12 ( 1) Kraigg Brathwaite Win 695 37.94 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
13 ( 1) Hashim Amla SA 673 47.23 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
14 ( 1) Azhar Ali Pak 672 44.84 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
15 ( 1) Faf du Plessis SA 665 42.33 734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
16 (-5) Jonny Bairstow Eng 663 37.79 772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
17 ( – ) Kusal Mendis SL 641 36.78 693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
18= ( 2) Usman Khawaja Aus 633 42 747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
( 1) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 633 41.5 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
20 ( 1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 632 39.69 694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank ( /-) Player Team Points Avge Highest Rating
1 ( – ) James Anderson Eng 896 26.9 903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018
2 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.71 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 832 23.11 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 826 21.54 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5 ( – ) Pat Cummins Aus 800*! 23.81 800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
6 ( – ) Trent Boult NZ 795 27.84 825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
7 ( 1) Rangana Herath SL 791 27.95 867 v Zim at Harare 2016
8 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 777 25.59 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9 ( – ) Neil Wagner NZ 765 28.26 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10 ( – ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 759 26.84 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11 ( – ) Shannon Gabriel Win 757! 29.57 757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12 ( – ) Stuart Broad Eng 738 28.84 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
13 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 731*! 29.35 731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
14= ( – ) Tim Southee NZ 720 30.82 799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
( – ) Mitchell Starc Aus 720 28.17 805 v SA at Durban 2018
16 ( – ) Nathan Lyon Aus 710 32.21 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17 ( – ) Keshav Maharaj SA 692* 27.65 695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
18 ( – ) Yasir Shah Pak 683 29.44 878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016
19 ( 3) M. Shami Ind 670 29.19 703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
20 (-1) Kemar Roach Win 667 28.31 774 v SA at Centurion 2014

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank ( /-) Player Team Points Highest Rating
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 420 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 370 379 v SL at Galle 2018
3 (-1) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 363 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 ( 1) Jason Holder Win 354/* 355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
5 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 351 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

 

*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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