England allrounders go on rankings charge
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.
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.
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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