ICC has updated its Test Player Rankings and this time around, Azhar Ali, the right-hand batsman from Pakistan, has also made it to the top ten list. He is ranked 7th amongst all Test batsmen.
Apparently, Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq have been removed from the rankings. Normally, ICC does not remove retired players until the rankings phase out the years where a retired player was part of international cricket. The duo would have been in the top 15 had they not been removed.
Azhar Ali is followed by Sarfraz Ahmed at 26th (620 points) and Asad Shafiq at 34th (593 p0ints).
Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul have also touched new heights in their career by making it to the list. They were able to secure this position because of their performance which resulted in Sri Lanka losing to India by an innings and 171 runs to complete a 3-0 rout of the home side.
Yasir Shah has slipped down to 14th in Test match rankings with 698 points.
Dhawan moved up the list by 10 positions and now stands on 28th after he scored 119 runs in the final test match in Pallekele. This was his second century in the three Tests and giving him a tally of 358 runs in the series and securing the player of the series award.
Rahul has achieved the 9th rank which is his career’s best. The present tally of 761 rating points is highest to date.
Jadeja has been replaced by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan as the best all-rounder in the world. He lost the position after he missed Pallekele Test match as he was suspended for one match. He has only one point less than Shakib Al Hasan but is still on top in the bowling rankings.
Pakistan now stands at 6th position of the ranking whereas India and Srilanka have retained their positions.
For England to remain in the 3rd position it will have to win the test match series it is hosting against the West Indies.
The test team rankings are updated after the end of every series unlike the the T20s and ODIs.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (updated 15 August, after the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India in Pallekele).
Top 10 Test Batsmen
- Steve Smith (Aus) – 941 points
- Joe Root (Eng) – 891 points
- Kane Williamson (NZ) – 880 points
- Cheteshwar Pujara (India) – 876 points
- Virat Kohli (India) – 806 points
- Jonny Bairstow (Eng) – 777 points
- Azhar Ali (Pak) – 769 points
- Hashim Amla (SA) – 764 points
- KL Rahul (India) – 761 points
- Ajinkya Rahane (Ind) – 760 points
Top 10 Test Bowlers
- Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 884 points
- Jimmy Anderson (Eng) – 860
- Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) – 852
- Josh Hazlewood (Aus) – 826
- Rangana Herath (SL) – 809
- Kagiso Rabada (SA) – 785
- Stuart Broad (Eng) – 775
- Dale Steyn (SA) – 763
- Vernon Philander (SA) – 751
- Neil Wagner (NZ) – 745
Top 5 Test All-rounders
- Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) – 431
- Ravi Jadeja (Ind) – 430
- Ravi Ashwin (Ind) – 422
- Moeen Ali (Eng) – 409
- Ben Stokes (Eng) – 360
Top 10 Test Teams
- India – 125 (+2)
- South Africa – 110
- England – 105
- Australia – 100
- New Zealand – 97
- Pakistan – 93
- Sri Lanka – 90 (-1)
- West Indies – 75
- Bangladesh – 69
- Zimbabwe – 00