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ICC Test rankings: Azhar Ali and Devendra Bishoo reach career-best rankings

Aadya Sharma
11.82K   //    18 Oct 2016, 15:22 IST
Azhar Ali became the fourth Pakistani to score a triple century in Tests

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali and West Indies leggie Devendra Bishoo have attained career-best rankings in the ICC Test player rankings that were released at the conclusion of the 1st Test between Pakistan and West Indies at the Dubai International Stadium.

Azhar Ali, who became just the fourth Pakistani batsman after Hanif Mohammad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to score a triple century in Tests, earned 62 points, helping him climb five places to reach a career-best 12th place. He now trails Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq by a solitary point. Younus Khan continues to be the highest ranked Pakistani batsman in the list at fifth place.

Darren Bravo, who scored a fighting century in the second innings, his eighth in Tests, returned to the top-20, joining Sarfaraz Ahmed, who jumped eight places to reach the same position.

Steve Smith continues to be the highest-ranked batsman in Tests, followed by Joe Root and Hashim Amla. India captain Virat Kohli slipped one place, and now sits in the 17th spot. Ajinkya Rahane continues to be the highest-ranked Indian batsman in the sixth spot.

In the bowling rankings, Bishoo extended his lead over teammate Shannon Gabriel, placed 48th, to reach the 30th spot, rising 11 places from his previous spot. Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz was also a beneficiary from the Test match, reaching a career-best rank of 26. 

Ravichandran Ashwin continues to lead the bowling charts, followed closely by Dale Steyn and James Anderson. Yasir Shah, who recently became the joint second-fastest to 100 wickets, retained his position at the sixth spot. Comeback man Mohammad Amir gained four places to reach 60. 

The imminent England-Bangladesh series will see ninth-ranked hosts Bangladesh lock horns with the fourth-ranked tourists. They will usurp third-placed Australia if they manage to win the series 2-0. 

ICC batsmen’s top 10 

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Steve Smith (AUS)906
2Joe Root (ENG)878
3Hashim Amla (RSA)847
4Kane Williamson (NZ)841
Younus Khan (Pak)837
6Ajinkya Rahane (IND)825
7Adam Voges (AUS)802
8AB de Villiers (RSA)802
9David Warner (AUS)772
10Alastair Cook (ENG)770

ICC bowler’s top 10

RankPlayerRanking Points
1Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)900
2Dale Steyn (RSA)878
3James Anderson (ENG)870
4Stuart Broad (ENG)836
Rangana Hearth (SL)831
6Yasir Shah (PAK)806
7Ravindra Jadeja (IND)805
8Mitchell Starc (AUS)792
9Neil Wagner (NZ)731
10Vernon Philander (RSA)723
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