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Mark Wood, Quinton de Kock Advance in Test Rankings

Mark Wood, Quinton de Kock Advance in Test Rankings
Mark Wood, Quinton de Kock Advance in Test Rankings
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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) 

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

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

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

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

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
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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