Steyn returns to the top of Test bowlers’ rankings

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 26: Dale Steyn celebrates the wicket of James Taylor  during the day 1 of the 1st test match between South Africa and England at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on December 26, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)
Dale Steyn is the Number 1 Test bowler in the world
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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn has stormed back to the number-one position in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after producing a match-winning performance in the Centurion Test that has helped his side complete a 204-run victory over New Zealand on Tuesday.

Steyn, who grabbed five for 33 in the second innings in what was his 26th five-wicket haul, finished with match figures of eight for 99 to regain the top slot.

After reclaiming the No.1 ranking in February 2014 against Australia at Centurion, the 33-year-old had enjoyed the top spot until a shoulder injury in the Durban Test against England in December 2015 limited his bowling.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took advantage of Steyn’s absence and backed up by some strong individual performances, finished the year as the top-ranked bowler.

Steyn has leapfrogged Ashwin and top-ranked England pace bowler James Anderson to take the top slot, which he first occupied jointly with retired Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran in April 2008.

Steyn has now been number-one for a record 263 Tests with Muralitharan coming second in the list at 214. In terms of days, Steyn has spent 2,320 days at the top, the most by any bowler since World War II. Steyn’s compatriot fast bowlers - Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada – have also made significant gains in the latest bowlers’ rankings, which were released on Wednesday morning.

Philander, who took four wickets in the Centurion Test, has moved from 13th to 11th position, while Rabada has gained three places to rise to 27th position after grabbing five wickets in the match.

The good news for New Zealand is its fast bowler Neil Wagner has moved up one slot to ninth position, following his six wickets in the match, including a first innings haul of five for 86.

Batsmen Rankings

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis’s unbeaten century in the first innings has contributed in him moving up the ladder.

Du Plessis scored 112 not out and six in his two innings and has moved up nine places from 33rd rank to 24th rank.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, who was adjudged player of the match for his knocks of 82 and 50 as well as six dismissals behind the wickets, have seen him move up 18 slots to 32nd rank.

Team Rankings

Meanwhile, the 1-0 series win has pushed South Africa up two places to fifth in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, while New Zealand has slipped two places to seventh.

South Africa is now on 96 points, while Sri Lanka and New Zealand are at 95 points each. However, Sri Lanka is ranked above the Black Caps in sixth place when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings

















South Africa

96 (+2)


Sri Lanka



New Zealand

95 (-2)


West Indies








MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 31 August, after the South Africa-New Zealand series)

1Steve SmithAustralia90658.55
2Joe RootEngland87854.86
3K. WilliamsonNew Zealand87651.08
4Hashim AmlaHashim Amla84751.16
5Younus KhanPakistan84553.72
6Adam VogesAustralia80272.75
7AB de VilliersSouth Africa80250.46
8Ajinkya RahaneIndia78549
9David WarnerAustralia77248.63
10Alastair CookEngland77047.31

Top 10 Bowlers

1Dale SteynSouth Africa878
2James AndersonEngland870
4Stuart BroadEngland836
5Rangana HerathSri Lanka831
6Yasir ShahPakistan806
7Mitchell StarcAustralia792
8Ravindra JadejaIndia773
9Neil WagnerNew Zealand760
10Trent BoultNew Zealand733

Top 5 All-Rounders

1R. AshwinIndia439
2Shakib Al HasanBangladesh419
3Moeen AliPakistan292
4Mitchell StarcAustralia279
5Vernon PhilanderSouth Africa264

Edited by Staff Editor
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