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Yasir Shah climbs to the top of ICC Test bowler rankings

Yasir Shah has become the number-one ranked Test bowler in the world after he bowled Pakistan to a 75-run victory over England

Yasir Shah is the first leg spinner in 11 years to be at the Test bowlers’ summit

Wrist spinner Yasir Shah has become the number-one ranked Test bowler in the world after he bowled Pakistan to a 75-run victory over England in the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

Yasir is the first Pakistan bowler to top the rankings since Mushtaq Ahmed achieved the distinction in December 1996. Shane Warne was the last wrist spinner to surge to the number-one position in December 2005.

Yasir, who returned figures of six for 72 and four for 69, has leapfrogged India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and England’s fast bowling pair of James Anderson (who missed the Test due to an injury) and Stuart Broad into the top spot after his performance earned him 32 points.

Yasir won the player of the match award in his first Test outside Asia and now leads Ashwin by seven points and Anderson by 10 points. The 30-year-old looks strong to gain further points and create more daylight between him and the rest of the pack as he is still in the qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Yasir has so far claimed 86 wickets in 13 Tests.

England’s Chris Woakes has also made an impressive gain in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. Woakes recorded match figures of 11 for 102 for which he has earned a jump of 28 places that has put him in a career-high 36th position.

Pakistan’s Rahat Ali, who took four wickets in the match, has also achieved a career-high ranking of 32nd after jumping three places, while Mohammad Amir has returned to the rankings just inside the top 100 in 93rdposition.

There was more good news for Pakistan when its middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq also achieved a career-high ranking in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

Asad scored 73 and 49 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of two places that has put him in 11th spot. Asad now has a top 10 place firmly within his sights as he trails 10th ranked Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews by seven points.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored his 10th Test century while scoring 114 in the first innings, has moved up one place to ninth, and wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has gained two places and is now in 17th position.

For England, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Balance have improved their rankings. Bairstow is now on a career-high 16th position after moving up two places, while Balance is in 40th position having risen two places.

The second Test begins at Old Trafford on Friday, 22 July.

MRF ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 18 July, after Lord’s Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating

   1         ( - )        Steve Smith         Aus        925        60.18    936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   2         ( - )        Kane Williamson NZ         868        49.23    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   3         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         860        51.45    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   4         ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        820        52.20    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   5         (+1)       AB de Villiers     SA         818        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   6=       (-1)        Younus Khan       Pak        811        53.64    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

              (+1)       Adam Voges        Aus        811*!    95.50    811 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

   8         ( - )        David Warner      Aus        800        50.06    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   9         (+1)       Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        786        49.07    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

  10        (-1)        Angelo Mathews SL          765        48.70    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating

   1         (+3)       Yasir Shah           Pak        878*!    23.00    878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

   2         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         871!      25.39    871 v SA at Delhi 2015

   3         (-2)        James Anderson  Eng        868        28.33    884 v SL at Durham 2016

   4         (-1)        Stuart Broad        Eng        859        28.34    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   5         ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         841        22.53    909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   6         ( - )        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         789*!    23.76    789 v SA at Delhi 2015

   7         ( - )        Trent Boult          NZ         757        29.14    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   8         ( - )        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        741*     25.77    792 v WI at Hobart 2015

   9         ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         724        29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  10        ( - )        Vernon Philander SA         717        22.08    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

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