Curran and Ali move up after fourth Test

Sam Curran
Sam Curran Celebrates the wicket of India's Ravichandran Ashwin.
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Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali celebrates the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane
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  • Buttler attains career-best; Kohli, Pujara retain first and sixth positions, respectively

  • Shami back in top 20 among bowlers; Bumrah reaches career-best rating points 

England all-rounder Sam Curran has made quick gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings while spinner Moeen Ali has also moved up after the Southampton Test, which the home side won by 60 runs on Sunday to take a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

The 20-year-old Curran has moved up 29 places to 43rd position among batsmen after producing crucial knocks of 78 and 46 in his fourth Test match. The left-hander, son of former Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin Curran and younger brother of England player Tom Curran, has also gained 11 places to reach 55th place in the bowlers’ list and 15th position among all-rounders after gaining 27 slots.

Player of the match Ali’s haul of nine wickets has helped him move up three places to 33rd position with a huge gain in rating points. The off-spinner, who grabbed five for 63 and four for 71 in the two innings, has gained 66 points to reach 543 points in bowling, while also gaining one slot to reach seventh place among all-rounders.

Jos Buttler has gained 15 slots to reach a career-best 32nd position in the batsmen’s list and 584 rating points, just five behind England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has also gained three places to reach 29th position. Opener Keaton Jennings is another one to gain, moving up four places to 86th position in the list for batsmen.

For India, captain Virat Kohli has retained his number one slot and a career-high 937 rating points after innings of 46 and 58 in the fourth Test. Kohli, who has scored 544 runs in his eight innings this series, is 11th in the list of best ever in terms of rating points, just one adrift of a group of four - Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara.

Similarly, Cheteshwar Pujara stays in sixth position but his unbeaten 132, which helped India take the first innings lead, has lifted him from 763 to 798 points.

India fast bowler Mohammad Shami has progressed back to the top 20 as his six-wicket match haul has lifted him three places to 19th position among bowlers, while his fellow fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s four wickets see him move up one place to 25th position. Jasprit Bumrah has continued the strong start to his Test career, moving to a career-best 487 points while retaining 37th position after his fifth Test.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 3 September, following the Southampton Test):

BATSMEN (top 20)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team    Points  Avge    Highest Rating

   1          ( - )          Virat Kohli             Ind          937!       54.44     937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

   2          ( - )          Steve Smith          Aus         929         61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018

   3          ( - )          Kane Williamson NZ           847         50.35     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4          ( - )          David Warner       Aus         820         48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   5          ( - )          Joe Root                Eng         809         50.85     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   6          ( - )          C. Pujara               Ind          798         50.23     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   7          ( - )          D.Karunaratne     SL           754!       37.28     754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

   8          ( - )          D. Chandimal       SL           733         44.96     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

   9          ( - )          Dean Elgar            SA           724         41.05     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  10         ( - )          Aiden Markram    SA           703*      47.27     759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  11         ( - )          Ross Taylor          NZ           697         47.22     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

  12         (+1)         Kraigg Brathwaite Win         695         37.94     701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

  13         (+1)         Hashim Amla       SA           673         47.23     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  14         (+1)         Azhar Ali                Pak         672         44.84     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  15         (+1)         Faf du Plessis       SA           665         42.33     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

  16         (-5)          Jonny Bairstow     Eng         663         37.79     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  17         ( - )          Kusal Mendis        SL           641        36.78     693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  18=       (+2)         Usman Khawaja  Aus         633         42.00     747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

               (+1)         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          633         41.50     825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  20         (+1)         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         632         39.69     694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017 

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

 

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

1              ( - )          James Anderson Eng         896        26.90      903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

   2          ( - )          Kagiso Rabada    SA           882        21.71      902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   3          ( - )          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          832        23.11      899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   4          ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           826        21.54      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   5          ( - )          Pat Cummins       Aus         800*!     23.81     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

   6          ( - )          Trent Boult            NZ           795        27.84     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   7          (+1)         Rangana Herath  SL           791        27.95     867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   8          (-1)          R. Ashwin              Ind          777        25.59     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   9          ( - )          Neil Wagner          NZ           765        28.26     785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  10         ( - )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         759        26.84     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  11         ( - )          Shannon Gabriel Win         757!       29.57     757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

  12         ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         738         28.84     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

  13         ( - )          Jason Holder        Win         731*!     29.35     731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

  14=       ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ           720         30.82     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

               ( - )          Mitchell Starc        Aus         720         28.17     805 v SA at Durban 2018

  16         ( - )          Nathan Lyon         Aus         710        32.21     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

  17         ( - )          Keshav Maharaj   SA           692*      27.65     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

  18         ( - )          Yasir Shah            Pak         683         29.44     878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  19         (+3)         M. Shami              Ind          670        29.19     703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

  20         (-1)          Kemar Roach       Win         667        28.31     774 v SA at Centurion 2014 

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

 

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1          ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         420        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2          ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           370        379 v SL at Galle 2018

   3          (-1)          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          363        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   4          (+1)         Jason Holder        Win         354/*     355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

   5          (-1)          R. Ashwin              Ind          351        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016 

 

*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