Taylor, Fakhar, Shadab and Ferguson achieve career-high ODI Rankings

Ross Taylor recent scores of 80 and 86* for New Zealand
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After scores of 80 and 86*, Ross Taylor has leapfrogged Joe Root, Babar Azam and David Warner to third position.

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has warmed up for the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan by achieving a career-high position in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which were released on Tuesday morning.

The 34-year-old middle-order batsman started the series in sixth position, but after scores of 80 and 86 not out, has leapfrogged Joe Root, Babar Azam and David Warner to third position. This is his career-best ranking, which has come after 207 ODIs in which he has scored 7,433 runs. The former captain had earlier reached fifth place this June.

Taylor, reacting to the news, said: “First and foremost you want to win games, you don’t go out there to try to get your rankings up there. But I guess, at this stage of my career, it is nice to know that I am still able to compete.

“I think as you come towards the end of your career, you’ve worked your game out and you try to enjoy yourself a bit more. I'm not sure how many years I may have left so I'm trying to make the most of every opportunity.

“It's obviously nice to achieve a high ranking, but at the same time I hope there're a few more runs left in me.”

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is the other batsman to achieve a career-high ranking from the series in the UAE, which ended at one-all after the decider in Dubai was washed out. The left-handed opener had scores of one, 88 and 65, which have lifted him six places to 11th in the latest rankings. The 28-year-old, however, will not be part of the Test squad.

Similarly, Shadab Khan has achieved a career-high bowling ranking but will not feature in the upcoming Tests. The wrist spinner bagged six wickets in the series, including four for 38 in the second match, to vault 16 places to 24th position.

The other bowler to make an impact in the ODIs and one to look out for in the Tests is Lachlan Ferguson. The New Zealand fast bowler had figures of three for 40, three for 60 and five for 45 during the series, which also reflect in the latest rankings, in which he has rocketed 31 places to 42nd. 

Shaheen Afridi, who took nine wickets in the series and won the player of the series award, has rocketed 66 places to sit just outside the top-100 in 118th position.

However, Trent Boult and Hasan Ali have been unable to either defend or improve their rankings.

Boult made a dream start to his season when he took a hat-trick in only his second over. However, he managed to add just one more wicket to his tally and consequently finished in seventh position after starting in fourth place.

Hasan, who had started the year with a number one ranking, has continued to slide. After falling three places following his four wickets, he is now ranked 13th, but remains his side’s highest-ranked bowler.

Down Under, South Africa defeated Australia 2-1 in a three-match series, with the series-decider in Hobart producing scintillating centuries from Faf du Plessis, David Miller and Shaun Marsh.

Du Plessis scored 125 in the run feast and finished with a series aggregate of 182 runs that has put him in seventh position with a rise of three places. Miller scored 139 and ended up as the leading run-scorer with 192 runs, which have been rewarded with a rise of 11 places and put him in 31st position. Marsh scored 106 to end the series with 128 runs and in 62nd position after starting in 80th place.

South Africa’s series win is also reflected in the bowling table in which Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo Lungi Ngidi and Dwaine Pretorius have made upward movements, while Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have headed in the opposite direction.

Rabada’s haul of seven wickets has helped him move from sixth position to fourth, Steyn’s series figures of seven for 94 have lifted him nine places to 15th, Phehlukwayo’s three wickets in his only appearance have helped him gain six place to 28th spot, Ngidi occupies 43rd position after earning a rise of 19 places following his four wickets and Pretorius has finished in 55th spot after gaining 20 places with five wickets in the series.

In contrast, Hazlewood has slipped four places to ninth, Starc has fallen three places to 17th and Cummins has dropped one place to 19th.

However, Marcus Stoinis has enhanced his reputation as a world-class all-rounder in the making by finishing in 17th place after starting in 40th spot. This is after he ended in 49th batting position (up by three places) and 85th bowling position (up by 37 places).

Virat Kohli is the number-one ranked ODI batsman, while Jasprit Bumrah is the top-ranked bowler. Rashid Khan is the leading all-rounder.

 

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings (as on 13 November, following Pakistan v New Zealand and Australia v South Africa series)

Rank Team Points
1. England 126
2. India 121
3. New Zealand 112 (-)
4. South Africa 111 (+1)
5. Pakistan 102 (+1)
6. Australia 100 (-)
7. Bangladesh 93
8. Sri Lanka 79
9. West Indies 72
10. Afghanistan 67
11. Zimbabwe 52
12. Ireland 39
13. Scotland 33
14. UAE 21

 

NOTE: Nepal will qualify for a full ranking after playing one more ODI, the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing two more matches.

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings (as on 13 November, following Pakistan v New Zealand and Australia v South Africa series)

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Virat Kohli

Ind

899

59.83

911 v Eng at Headingley 2018

2

( - )

Rohit Sharma

Ind

871!

47.78

871 v Win at Thiruvananthapur 2018

3

(+3)

Ross Taylor

NZ

808!

47.04

808 v Pak at Dubai 2018

4

(-1)

Joe Root

Eng

807

51.52

824 v SL at Dambulla 2018

5

( - )

Babar Azam

Pak

802

51.52

846 v NZ at Wellington 2018

6

(-2)

David Warner

Aus

791

43.43

880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

7

(+3)

Faf du Plessis

SA

785

45.12

802 v Ind at Durban 2018

8

(+1)

Shikhar Dhawan

Ind

767

45.69

813 v Pak at Dubai 2018

9

(-2)

Kane Williamson

NZ

756

46.28

798 v SA at Centurion 2015

10

(-2)

Quinton de Kock

SA

754

44.44

808 v Ban at East London 2017

11

(+6)

Fakhar Zaman

Pak

729*!

57.95

729 v NZ at Dubai 2018

12

( - )

Jonny Bairstow

Eng

726

48.02

777 v Aus at Durham 2018

13

(-2)

Martin Guptill

NZ

720

42.99

789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

14=

(-1)

Hashim Amla

SA

707

49.65

901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

 

( - )

Tamim Iqbal

Ban

707

36.24

737 v Win at St Kitts 2018

16

( - )

Mushfiqur Rahim

Ban

700

34.29

712 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018

17

(-2)

Aaron Finch

Aus

690

37.56

744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

18

( - )

Jos Buttler

Eng

685

39.70

723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016

19

( - )

Eoin Morgan

Eng

675

38.57

690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

20

(+1)

MS Dhoni

Ind

674

50.11

836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Jasprit Bumrah

Ind

841!

21.01

841 v Win at Thiruvananthapur 2018

2

( - )

Rashid Khan

Afg

788

14.47

806 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018

3

( - )

Kuldeep Yadav

Ind

723*!

20.07

723 v Win at Thiruvananthapur 2018

4

(+2)

Kagiso Rabada

SA

702

26.10

724 v Eng at Lord's 2017

5=

(+3)

Y. Chahal

Ind

683*

25.55

696 v Win at Guwahati 2018

 

(+3)

Adil Rashid

Eng

683

30.42

687 v SL at Pallekele 2018

7

(-3)

Trent Boult

NZ

682

25.39

766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

8

(+3)

M.Rahman

Afg

679*

19.06

691 v Ban at Abu Dhabi 2018

9

(-4)

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

675

25.15

733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018

10

(+2)

M. Rahman

Ban

671*

20.14

674 v Zim at Chittagong 2018

11

(-4)

Imran Tahir

SA

664

24.33

786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

12

(+1)

Akila Dananjaya

SL

651*!

26.93

651 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2018

13

(-3)

Hasan Ali

Pak

646

23.41

766 v NZ at Wellington 2018

14

( - )

Chris Woakes

Eng

642

30.64

673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018

15

(+9)

Dale Steyn

SA

638

25.70

746 v Ind at Durban 2013

16

( - )

Mohammad Nabi

Afg

633

31.44

653 v Zim at Harare 2017

17

(-3)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

632

21.44

783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

18

(-1)

Mitchell Santner

NZ

623

33.91

663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018

19

(-1)

Pat Cummins

Aus

616

29.73

629 v SA at Adelaide 2018

20

( - )

Tim Murtagh

Ire

602

29.74

613 v Zim at Harare 2018

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Points

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Rashid Khan

Afg

353*/

359 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018

2

( - )

Mohammad Nabi

Afg

337

349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

3

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

332

453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

4

(+1)

M. Hafeez

Pak

311

438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

5

(-1)

Mitchell Santner

NZ

308

317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018

 

 

 

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