Marnus Labuschagne moves into top five of MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings

Marnus Labuschagne moves into top five of MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings
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Australian batsman among those making strides in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test Players' Rankings announced today.

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has continued his surge up the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, entering the top five in the list for batsmen after scores of 143 and 50 in the Perth Test, which his side won by 296 runs against New Zealand.

Labuschagne, who narrowly missed joining Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas and Mudassar Nazar in scoring at least 150 in three successive Test innings, has gained three slots to occupy fifth place. He has overtaken compatriot David Warner and is the second-highest ranked Australia batsman after Steve Smith.

Travis Head has moved up two slots to 32nd position while the Australia bowlers to advance include pacemen Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Starc’s ‘player of the match’ effort of 9/97 in the first Test has lifted him to a career-best fifth spot and career-best 806 rating points. Starc was also fifth in March 2018 while his previous best points aggregate was 805 in December 2016. Hazlewood has moved from eighth to seventh position.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has gained five places to reach 11th position after scores of 80 and 22 while Colin de Grandhomme is up three places to 40th. Neil Wagner’s seven wickets have helped him reclaim third position among bowlers with a career-best tally of 834 rating points. Tim Southee is back in the top 10 after his nine-wicket match haul.

Monday’s rankings update includes the drawn first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi and the home side players have a few things to cheer about in terms of rankings.

Babar Azam has reached the top 10 for the first time, moving from 13th to ninth position after his unbeaten knock of 102. He is currently No.1 in the T20I rankings and has enjoyed a best ranking of second in the ODIs.

Opener Abid Ali’s 109*, which made him the first male cricketer and only the second after former England woman opener Enid Bakewell to score centuries on both Test and ODI debuts, has entered the rankings at an impressive 78th position.

Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (up two places to 47th) and Naseem Shah (up 15 places to 110th) have also gained in the latest update.

Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews has gained one place to reach 23rd and Dhananjaya de Silva has moved from 43rd to 35th. Lahiru Kumara has gone from 38th to 36th among Sri Lanka’s bowlers.

In the ICC World Test Championship, Australia are on 216 points in the points table led by India while New Zealand remain on 60.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka got 20 points each for the draw. Sri Lanka are on 80 points, having drawn a preceding two-match series against New Zealand to get 60 points, while Pakistan have their first points after having lost both Tests of their recent series in Australia.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 16 December 2019, after the Rawalpindi and Perth Tests)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player               Team Pts Ave Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Virat Kohli India 928 54.97 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 911 63.14 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 ( - ) K Williamson NZ 864 52.21 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4 ( - ) C Pujara India 791 49.48 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5 (+3) M Labuschagne Aus 786*! 58.05 786 v NZ at Perth 2019
6 ( - ) A Rahane India 759 43.74 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
7 (-2) David Warner Aus 755 48.33 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
8 (-1) Joe Root Eng 752 48.54 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
9 (+4) Babar Azam Pak 728! 39.66 728 v SL at Rawalpindi 2019
10 ( - ) D Karunaratne SL 725 37.11 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018 

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player               Team Pts Ave Highest Rating
11 (+5) Ross Taylor NZ 714 47.17 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
23 (+1) A Mathews SL 638 44.31 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
32 (+2) Travis Head Aus 581* 40.82 657 v Eng at Lord's 2019
35 (+8) D de Silva SL 573 35.22 612 v Zim at Harare 2016
40 (+3) C de Grandhomme NZ 553*! 39.38 553 v Aus at Perth 2019
58 (+9) Joe Burns Aus 489* 40.18 575 v NZ at Christchurch 2016
78 (NEW) Abid Ali Pak 410*!   -   410 v SL at Rawalpindi 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player               Team Pts Ave Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Pat Cummins Aus 898 22.18 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 839 22.5 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3 (+1) Neil Wagner NZ 834! 26.78 834 v Aus at Perth 2019
4 (-1) Jason Holder WI 830! 26.37 830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
5 (+9) Mitchell Starc Aus 806! 26.94 806 v NZ at Perth 2019
6 (-1) J Bumrah India 794* 19.24 835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
7 (+1) J Hazlewood Aus 785 26.2 863 v India at Bengaluru 2017
8 (-2) V Philander SA 783 22.16 912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
9 (-2) J Anderson Eng 782 26.94 903 v India at Lord's 2018
10 (+3) Tim Southee NZ 780 29.61 799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player               Team Pts Ave Highest Rating
19 (+2) Nathan Lyon Aus 682 32.14 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
36= (+2) Lahiru Kumara SL 437* 37.98 447 v Aus at Brisbane 2019
47 (+2) Shaheen Afridi Pak 362*! 32.57 362 v SL at Rawalpindi 2019
85 (+4) M Labuschagne Aus 159* 38.63 285 v SL at Canberra 2019
110 (+15) Naseem Shah Pak  60*! 53.33 60 v SL at Rawalpindi 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 381 411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
4 ( - ) V Philander SA 315 377 v SL at Galle 2018
5 (+1) Mitchell Starc Aus 312 346 v India at Pune 2017

 

*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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