Mark Wood, Quinton de Kock Advance in Test Rankings
England’s Mark Wood and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock have made notable gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after the final Test in Johannesburg, which England won by 191 runs to take the series 3-1.
Wood, who was adjudged Player of the Match at Wanderers, has moved up 19 places to 38th position among bowlers after his haul of nine for 100. He has also progressed to 142nd from 151st among batsmen after scores of 35 not out and 18 in his 15th Test.
England batsmen Ollie Pope (up six places to 55th) and Dom Sibley (up nine places to 67th) are among others to advance in the latest update, which also takes into account the drawn Harare Test featuring Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes has gained two slots to reach 27th among bowlers.
For South Africa, Quinton de Kock has moved back towards the top 10 for batsmen after scores of 76 and 39, advancing two places to reach 11th place. His teammate Anrich Nortje has gained 20 places to reach 53rd position among bowlers.Meanwhile, South Africa’s Vernon Philander has retired as the fifth-ranked all-rounder and 11th among bowlers after a decade-long career that saw him topping both these lists.
He spent 11 Tests as the top-ranked Test bowler between December 2013 and February 2014. He took over from Dale Steyn after taking four for 61 and three for 68 against India at Johannesburg in December 2013. That performance took him to 912 points, which is the joint-seventh best of all time, and the best ever for South Africa.
In Harare, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza’s Player of the Match effort has helped him advance in the rankings. His eight wickets, which included a seven-wicket haul in the first innings, have lifted him 21 places to 51st among bowlers. Knocks of 72 and 34 see him progress to 57th among batsmen. Brendan Taylor has moved up to 22nd and Sean Williams to 61st.
Kusal Mendis’s fighting 116 has taken him to 23rd position from 26th before the match.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 1 February 2020 after the Johannesburg and Harare Tests):
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||( - )||Virat Kohli||India||928||54.97||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|2||( - )||Steve Smith||Aus||911||62.84||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|3||( - )||M Labuschagne||Aus||827*!||63.43||827 v NZ at Sydney 2020|
|4||( - )||K Williamson||NZ||814||51.44||915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019|
|5||( - )||David Warner||Aus||793||48.94||880 v NZ at Perth 2015|
|6||( - )||C Pujara||India||791||49.48||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|7||( - )||Babar Azam||Pak||767!||42.67||767 v SL at Karachi 2019|
|8||(+1)||Joe Root||Eng||764||48.40||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|9||(-1)||Ajinkya Rahane||India||759||43.74||825 v NZ at Indore 2016|
|10||( - )||Ben Stokes||Eng||718||36.54||745 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
Other selected rankings
|11||(+2)||Q de Kock||SA||706||39.12||802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017|
|22||(+8)||Brendan Taylor||Zim||632||36.21||684 v Ban at Mirpur 2014|
|23||(+3)||Kusal Mendis||SL||628||36.97||693 v WI at St Lucia 2018|
|54||(+5)||O Fernando||SL||493*||43.66||509 v Pak at Karachi 2019|
|55||(+6)||Ollie Pope||Eng||492*!||47.77||492 v SA at Johannesburg 2020|
|57||(+13)||Sikandar Raza||Zim||490*||35.07||547 v WI at Bulawayo 2017|
|61=||(+22)||Sean Williams||Zim||485*!||33.47||485 v SL at Harare 2020|
|61=||(+9)||Dom Sibley||Eng||471*!||40.22||471 v SA at Johannesburg 2020|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( - )||Pat Cummins||Aus||904||21.82||914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019|
|2||( - )||Neil Wagner||NZ||852||26.63||859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019|
|3||( - )||Jason Holder||WI||830!||26.37||830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019|
|4||( - )||Kagiso Rabada||SA||802||22.95||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|5||( - )||Mitchell Starc||Aus||796||26.97||806 v NZ at Perth 2019|
|6||( - )||Jasprit Bumrah||India||794*||19.24||835 v WI at Jamaica 2019|
|7||( - )||J Anderson||Eng||775||26.83||903 v India at Lord's 2018|
|8||( - )||R Ashwin||India||772||25.36||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
|9||(+1)||M Shami||India||771||27.09||790 v Ban at Indore 2019|
|10||(+1)||J Hazlewood||Aus||769||26.20||863 v India at Bengaluru 2017|
Other selected rankings
|27||(+2)||Ben Stokes||Eng||567||32.68||606 v WI at St Lucia 2019|
|38||(+19)||Mark Wood||Eng||439*!||31.41||439 v SA at Johannesburg 2020|
|51||(+21)||Sikandar Raza||Zim||340*!||39.58||340 v SL at Harare 2020|
|53||(+20)||Anrich Nortje||SA||325*!||35.10||325 v Eng at Johannesburg 2020|
|94=||(+10)||Victor Nyauchi||Zim||151*!||31.60||151 v SL at Harare 2020|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( - )||Jason Holder||WI||473!||473 v Afg at Lucknow 2019|
|2||( - )||Ben Stokes||Eng||407||411 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020|
|3||( - )||R Jadeja||India||406||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|4||(+1)||R Ashwin||India||308||492 v Eng at Mohali 2016|
|5||(-1)||V Philander||SA||305||377 v SL at Galle 2018|
*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
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