Boult, Morkel Move Up After Nine-Wicket Match Hauls

Boult, Morkel Move Up After Nine-Wicket Match Hauls
Boult, Morkel Move Up After Nine-Wicket Match Hauls
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Fast bowlers Trent Boult and Morne Morkel have made significant gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after their player of the match efforts in the Auckland and Cape Town Tests, respectively.
 
New Zealand’s new-ball bowler Boult has moved up five slots to seventh position after his match haul of nine for 99 helped defeat England by an innings and 49 runs to go 1-0 up in their two-match series. The left-arm bowler took six wickets as England were dismissed for only 58 runs in the first innings in Auckland, their sixth-lowest total ever.
 
Morkel has similarly moved up five places to take sixth position, grabbing nine for 110 to help South Africa defeat Australia by 322 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. Morkel has risen to 798 points, his best ever rating points tally with just one Test to go for retirement. Morkel’s highest ever ranking position was third in November 2010.
 
There is no change among the top five bowlers but Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins is another one to move up, his seven wickets in Cape Town taking him to 18th position, the first time he has made it to the top 20.
 
South Africa openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram have both attained career-best rankings. Elgar’s first innings score of 141 not out, when he carried the bat for a record-equaling third time in Tests, has lifted him to eighth position while Markram’s second innings score of 84 has helped him gain seven slots and reach 15th place.
 
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (up one place to third) and middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls (up 22 places to 32nd), South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (up five places to 19th) and Australia opener Cameron Bancroft (up 22 places to 56th) are among the others to move up in the latest rankings.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 27 March, after the Auckland and Cape Town Tests):
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                 Team      Pts         Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )          Steve Smith          Aus         938        61.37      947 v SA at Durban 2018
   2          ( - )          Virat Kohli             Ind          912!       53.40      912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3          (+1)         Kane Williamson NZ           878        51.11      893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   4          (-1)          Joe Root                Eng         870        52.77      917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   5          ( - )          David Warner       Aus         828        48.20      880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6          (+1)         AB de Villiers        SA           819        50.81      935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   7          (-1)          C. Pujara               Ind          810        50.51      888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   8          (+5)         Dean Elgar            SA           772!       42.38      772 v Aus at Cape Town 2018
   9          (-1)          Azhar Ali                Pak         755        46.62      787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  10         (-1)          Hashim Amla       SA           745        48.31      907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   
Other selected rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team     Pts         Avge      Highest Rating
   15        (+7)         Aiden Markram    SA           688*!     50.68     688 v Aus at Cape Town 2018
  19         (+5)         Quinton de Kock  SA           653         38.91     802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017
  32         (+22)      Henry Nicholls      NZ           610*!     38.04     610 v Eng at Auckland 2018
  56         (+22)      C. Bancroft            Aus         483*!     30.92     483 v SA at Cape Town 2018
  61         (+5)         Tim Paine              Aus         461*!     41.66     461 v SA at Cape Town 2018
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts         Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )          Kagiso Rabada    SA           899        21.56      902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
   2          ( - )          James Anderson Eng         887        27.41      896 v Win at Lord's 2017
   3          ( - )          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          844        23.73      899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4          ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          803        25.56      904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   5          ( - )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         802        26.00      863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
   6          (+5)         Morne Morkel       SA           798!       27.73      798 v Aus at Cape Town 2018
   7          (+5)         Trent Boult            NZ           792        27.80      825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   8          (-2)          Neil Wagner          NZ           781        27.82      785 v Win at Wellington 2017
   9=        (-2)          Rangana Herath  SL           777        28.18      867 v Zim at Harare 2016
               (-1)          Vernon Philander SA           777        22.18      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013  
 
Other selected rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team     Pts         Avge     Highest Rating
16           (+1)         Tim Southee         NZ           695        31.23     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
18           (+5)         Pat Cummins       Aus         683*!     25.10     683 v SA at Cape Town 2018
 
All-rounders (top five)
 
Rank      (+/-)       Player                    Team     Pts         Highest Rating
   1          ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         421        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2          ( - )          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          391        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3          ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          368        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   4          ( - )          Ben Stokes           Eng         349/*     396 v Win at Lord's 2017
   5          ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           336        376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
  
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
! indicates career-highest rating
 
For more information on player rankings, please click here.

 

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