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Marnus Labuschagne and Quinton de Kock move up the rankings

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne
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Players from Australia and South Africa sizzle in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has finished the year at a career-best fourth position while South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has moved into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings in the latest update carried out on Monday.

Labuschagne, who was ranked 110th at the start of the year, has moved up one slot after scores of 63 and 19 in the Melbourne Test against New Zealand, which Australia won by 247 runs to go 2-0 up in the three-match series. De Kock’s ‘player of the match’ effort of 95 and 34, which helped his team beat England by 107 runs at Centurion to go 1-0 up in the four-match series, sees him advance eight places and reach 10th position.

The batting list continues to be led by India captain Virat Kohli, who was at the top for 274 days in 2019. Australia’s Steve Smith finished in second place after having occupied the top position for 91 days during the year.

Other batsmen to move up the rankings include New Zealand opener Tom Latham (up two places to 14th), Australia middle-order batsman Travis Head (up 15 places to a career-best 19th), England opener Rory Burns (up five places to a career-best 31st) and middle-order batsman Joe Denly (up 10 places to a career-best 36th).

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has finished at the top of the bowlers’ list with a five-wicket haul in the first innings in Melbourne. He occupied the top place for 321 during the year while South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was No. 1 for 44 days after starting 2019 in top position.

Vernon Philander has moved up three places to fifth position while the England trio of Stuart Broad (up two places to 14th), Joffra Archer (up three places to 40th) and Sam Curran (up five places to 45th) have also made notable progress. James Pattinson has moved up 46 places to 54th position after taking three wickets in each innings.

Jason Holder finished as the top all-rounder, occupying number one position for 342 days. Shakib Al Hasan was at the top for 23 days.

In the ICC World Test Championship, Australia have strengthened their position in second place in the points table after gaining 40 points for the Test win. They are on 256 points and could go up to 296 by the end of the series. South Africa have 30 points after their first win in the WTC while New Zealand and England remain on 60 and 56 points, respectively.

Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series. The top two teams at the end of the league will play the final in the UK in June 2021 with

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 30 December, after the Melbourne and Centurion 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

( - )

K Williamson

NZ

822

51.44

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

4

(+1)

M Labuschagne

Aus

805*!

56.42

805 v NZ at Melbourne 2019

5

(-1)

C Pujara

India

791

49.48

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

6

( - )

Babar Azam

Pak

767!

42.67

767 v SL at Karachi 2019

7=

(+1)

David Warner

Aus

759

48.21

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

 

( - )

Ajinkya Rahane

India

759

43.74

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

9

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

754

48.41

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

10

(+8)

Q de Kock

SA

712

38.88

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017


Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

14

(+2)

Tom Latham

NZ

685

42.81

724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

19

(+15)

Travis Head

Aus

661*!

43.24

661 v NZ at Melbourne 2019

31

(+5)

Rory Burns

Eng

597*!

33.75

597 v SA at Centurion 2019

36=

(+10)

Joe Denly

Eng

570*!

31.00

570 v SA at Centurion 2019

50

(+17)

Tim Paine

Aus

515

31.58

528 v India at Melbourne 2018

57

(+12)

Matthew Wade

Aus

492*!

31.51

492 v NZ at Melbourne 2019

60

(RE)

Tom Blundell

NZ

487*!

68.00

487 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

72

(+7)

V Philander

SA

435

24.63

457 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2017


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Pat Cummins

Aus

902

21.92

914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019

2

(+1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

859!

26.51

859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

3

(-1)

Kagiso Rabada

SA

832

22.57

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

4

( - )

Jason Holder

WI

830!

26.37

830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

5

(+3)

V Philander

SA

800

21.99

912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

6

( - )

Jasprit Bumrah

India

794*

19.24

835 v WI at Jamaica 2019

7

(-2)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

790

27.08

806 v NZ at Perth 2019

8

(-1)

J Hazlewood

Aus

777

26.20

863 v India at Bengaluru 2017

9

(+2)

R Ashwin

India

772

25.36

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10

(+2)

M Shami

India

771

27.09

790 v Ban at Indore 2019


Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

14=

(+2)

Stuart Broad

Eng

741

28.68

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

36

(+1)

C de Grandhomme NZ

452*!

30.76

452 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

 

40

(+3)

Jofra Archer

Eng

423*

27.40

465 v Aus at The Oval 2019

45

(+5)

Sam Curran

Eng

379*!

29.87

379 v SA at Centurion 2019

46

(+54)

J Pattinson

Aus

376*

25.51

591 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

 84=

(+2)

M Labuschagne

Aus

182*

36.33

285 v SL at Canberra 2019

96

(+36)

Anrich Nortje

SA

125*!

47.00

125 v Eng at Centurion 2019


All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Jason Holder

WI

473!

473 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

2

( - )

R Jadeja

India

406

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

( - )

Ben Stokes

Eng

377

411 v Aus at Headingley 2019

4

( - )

V Philander

SA

348

377 v SL at Galle 2018

5

(+1)

R Ashwin

India

308

492 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

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