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Marnus Labuschagne in Third Place After Sydney Double-century

Marnus Labuschagne in Third Place After Sydney Double-century
Marnus Labuschagne in Third Place After Sydney Double-century
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Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has grabbed a career-best third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a match-winning double-century against New Zealand in Sydney.

The 25-year-old has moved up one slot after scores of 215 and 59 that not only made him the ‘player of the match’ but also helped him clinch the ‘player of the series’ award. He was the highest scorer in the series with 549 runs, while his five previous Tests that include two at home against Pakistan, have seen him amass 896 runs.

Labuschagne was ranked 110th at the beginning of last year but is now only behind India captain Virat Kohli and compatriot Steve Smith. There are now three Australia batsmen in the top five with opener David Warner gaining two slots after scoring 297 runs in the series.

Meanwhile, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has equaled his career-best fifth position that he previously achieved in March 2018. He finished with 15 wickets in the series that included four in Sydney. Spinner Nathan Lyon’s 10-wicket haul has helped him advance five places to joint-14th.

For New Zealand, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been a notable gainer. He has moved from 47th to 39th among batsmen and from 36th to 34th among bowlers. Matt Henry has moved up three places to 66th among bowlers.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, ‘player of the match’ in Cape Town, has made it into the top 10 for batsmen for the second time in his career after scores of 47 and 72. He has moved from 15th to 10th, while his best was ninth, achieved in November last year. He has also caught up with compatriot Moeen Ali at 27th place among bowlers.

Dom Sibley’s maiden Test century has lifted him 87 places to 80th while fast bowler James Anderson’s record 28th five-wicket haul in the first innings sees him back in the top 10 for bowlers.

Opener Dean Elgar (up three places to 19th) and Aiden Markram (up one place to 22nd) among batsmen and Anrich Nortje (up 34 places to 62nd) are the notable gainers for South Africa.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 8 January 2020, after the Sydney and Cape Town 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        (+1)      M Labuschagne   Aus     827*!    63.43   827 v NZ at Sydney 2020

   4        (-1)       K Williamson       NZ      814       51.44   915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

   5        (+2)      David Warner      Aus     793       48.94   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   6        (-1)       C Pujara              India   791       49.48   888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   7        (-1)       Babar Azam        Pak     767!     42.67   767 v SL at Karachi 2019

   8        (+1)      Joe Root             Eng    761      48.40   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   9        (-2)       A Rahane            India   759       43.74   825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  10       (+5)      Ben Stokes         Eng    708!     36.16   708 v SA at Cape Town 2020

Other selected rankings

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

  18       (+2)      Asad Shafiq          Pak   655      39.03    758 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  19       (+3)      Dean Elgar           SA    654      39.05    784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  22       (+1)      A Markram            SA    621*     38.48    759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  31=     (+1)      N Dickwella           SL    591!     30.95    591 v Pak at Karachi 2019

  35       (+1)      Joe Denly             Eng  578*!    31.30    578 v SA at Cape Town 2020

  39=     (+8)      C Grandhomme     NZ    557*!    37.20    557 v Aus at Sydney 2020

  49=     (+1)      Tim Paine            Aus    516      31.66    528 v India at Melbourne 2018

  56=     (+3)      Joe Burns            Aus    491*     38.30    575 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

  80       (+87)     Dom Sibley          Eng   412*!    39.66    412 v SA at Cape Town 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        (+1)      Jason Holder     WI        830!     26.37    830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

   4        (-1)       Kagiso Rabada SA        821      22.69    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   5        (+2)      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        (+5)      J Anderson       Eng      791      26.83    903 v India at Lord's 2018

   8        (-3)       V Philander       SA        786      22.10    912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

   9        ( - )       R Ashwin          India     772      25.36    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  10       ( - )       M Shami           India     771      27.09    790 v Ban at Indore 2019  

Other selected rankings 

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

 14=      ( - )       Stuart Broad     Eng      742      28.66    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

            (+5)      Nathan Lyon     Aus      742      31.58    774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

 27=      (+2)      Ben Stokes       Eng      559      32.92    606 v WI at St Lucia 2019

 34        (+2)      C Grandhomme NZ        473*!    31.40    473 v Aus at Sydney 2020

 42        (+3)      Sam Curran       Eng      409*!    29.48    409 v SA at Cape Town 2020

 62        (+34)     Anrich Nortje     SA        271*!    36.27    271 v Eng at Cape Town 2020

 66        (+3)      Matt Henry        NZ        254*     50.16    273 v WI at Wellington 2017

 88=      (+21)     D Pretorius        SA        166*!    26.20    166 v Eng at Cape Town 2020

103       (+12)     Todd Astle        NZ        109*!    52.57    109 v Aus at Sydney 2020 

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      395      411 v Aus at Headingley 2019

   4        ( - )       V Philander       SA        337      377 v SL at Galle 2018

   5        ( - )       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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