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Azhar Ali, Devendra Bishoo make steady gains in ICC rankings

Devendra Bishoo (left) picked 10 wickets in the game
Devendra Bishoo (left) picked 10 wickets in the game
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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali and West Indies leg-spinner improved their positions in the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council after their performance in the first Test in Dubai.

Azhar, who became the fourth Pakistan batsman to score a triple century has gained 62 points and have moved five places up. He is currently positioned 12th going past his teammate Asad Shafiq, who climbed down three spots and is placed 16th.

Azhar's knock of unbeaten 302 was vital for Pakistan in posting a huge first innings total of 579 and for his effort he was awarded the man of the match as well.

Despite, missing the game, Younus Khan continues to remain the highest ranked Pakistan batsman while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who is at 11th position leads Azhar by one rating point. Australian captain Steven Smith heads the rating and is followed by England's Joe Root and South Africa's Hashim Amla at second and third positions respectively.

Devendra Bishoo's career-best figure of 49 for eight in the second innings saw him move 11 positions up and is currently at 30 while Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder are the next two highest ranked West Indian bowlers from the series with positions of 48 and 61 respectively.

Darren Bravo's knocks of 87 and 116 helped him return back to the top 20 and is currently tied with Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed at 20th position while Marlon Samuels moved five places up to 40th following his 76 in the first innings.

Yasir Shah, who became the second-fastest to 100 Test wickets has retained his sixth place while Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz move to 60th and 26th positions respectively.

Meanwhile, Thursday will see the fourth ranked England and ninth ranked Bangladesh competing in a two-match Test series.

A 1-0 win for England will see no change in position but if they manage to win both the games, Alastair Cook's men will sneak past Australia to third.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will have a chance to go past eighth ranked West Indies, if they manage to win the series against England either by a 1-0 or 2-0 margin.

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