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Virat Kohli back at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli is back at the top of the batsmen’s list in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings as Australia’s Steve Smith slipped behind the India captain in the latest update carried out on Wednesday.

Kohli, who had struck a fine 136 in the day-night Kolkata Test against Bangladesh last week to reach 928 points, is now five points clear as Smith’s knock of 36 in the Adelaide Test against Pakistan saw him slip to 923 points from 931 before the match.

Australia opener David Warner’s epic 335 not out has lifted him 12 places to the fifth position while Marnus Labuschagne is in the top 10 for the first time after being ranked as low as 110th at the start of the year.

 Fast bowler Mitchell Starc is another Australia player to gain in the latest update, which also takes into account performances in the drawn New Zealand-England Test in Hamilton and the one in Lucknow that saw the West Indies defeat Afghanistan by nine wickets. Starc has moved up four places to 14th after grabbing seven wickets in the Adelaide Test.

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith
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Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has moved up two places to 13th, thanks to his fighting knock of 97 in the first innings, while left-handed opener Shan Masood has gained 10 places to reach a career-best 47th position after striking 68 in the second innings. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, one of the stars of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, has moved up 13 places to 49th among bowlers.

England captain Joe Root is back in the top 10 after spending a week outside it, his innings of 226 pulling him up to seventh from 11th. Rory Burns’s second Test century has pushed him into the top 40 for the first time.

For New Zealand, Ross Taylor has gained two places to reach 16th among batsmen and Tim Southee has moved up one place to 13th among bowlers.

West Indies captain Jason Holder’s five wickets have helped him move up one slot to third place with a career-best 830 rating points and he has also consolidated his position at the top of the all-rounders’ list.

Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall has broken into the top 50 with a 10-wicket haul while centurion Shamarh Brooks has risen 68 places to 62nd.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 4 December 2019, after the Adelaide, Hamilton and Lucknow Test matches)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

(+1)

Virat Kohli

India

928

54.97

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

-1

Steve Smith

Aus

923

63.75

947 v SA at Durban 2018

3

( - )

K Williamson

NZ

877

52.68

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

4

( - )

C Pujara

India

791

49.48

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

5

(+12)

David Warner

Aus

764

48.58

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6

-1

A Rahane

India

759

43.74

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

7

(+4)

Joe Root

Eng

752

48.54

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

8

(+6)

M Labuschagne

Aus

731*!

53.52

731 v Pak at Adelaide 2019

9

-3

Henry Nicholls

NZ

726

43.42

778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

10

-3

D Karunaratne

SL

723

36.93

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

 

Other selected ratings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

13

(+2)

Babar Azam

Pak

698!

37.05

698 v Aus at Adelaide 2019

16=

(+2)

Ross Taylor

NZ

688

47.12

871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

36

(+10)

Rory Burns

Eng

565*!

32.81

565 v NZ at Hamilton 2019

41=

(+9)

Shane Dowrich

WI

544!

30.08

544 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

47

(+10)

Shan Masood

Pak

527*!

27.91

527 v Aus at Adelaide 2019

62=

(+68)

S Brooks

WI

466*!

34.8

466 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

64=

(+3)

Tim Paine

Aus

462*

30.97

528 v India at Melbourne 2018

 

(+6)

Matthew Wade

Aus

462*

31.45

465 v SL at Sydney 2013

74

(+24)

John Campbell

WI

421*!

29.8

421 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Pat Cummins

Aus

900

22.1

914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019

2

( - )

Kagiso Rabada

SA

839

22.5

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

3

(+1)

Jason Holder

WI

830!

26.37

830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

4

-1

Neil Wagner

NZ

814

26.98

816 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019

5

( - )

Jasprit Bumrah

India

794*

19.24

835 v WI at Jamaica 2019

6

(+1)

V Philander

SA

783

22.16

912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

7

-1

J Anderson

Eng

782

26.94

903 v India at Lord's 2018

8

(+1)

J Hazlewood

Aus

776

26.33

863 v India at Bengaluru 2017

9

( - )

R Ashwin

India

772

25.36

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10

(+1)

M Shami

India

771

27.09

790 v Ban at Indore 2019

 

Other selected rankings

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

13

(+1)

Tim Southee

NZ

755

30.01

799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

14

(+4)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

752

27.57

805 v SA at Durban 2018

15

(+1)

Stuart Broad

Eng

733

28.77

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

20

(+1)

Umesh Yadav

India

672!

30.26

672 v Ban at Kolkata 2019

21

(+1)

Nathan Lyon

Aus

648

32.36

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

23

(+3)

Chris Woakes

Eng

606*

30.96

609 v Pak at The Oval 2016

34

(+5)

Roston Chase

WI

462*!

42.37

462 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

47

(+63)

R Cornwall

WI

364*!

22.61

364 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

49

(+13)

Shaheen Afridi

Pak

335*!

33

335 v Aus at Adelaide 2019

50

(+4)

Sam Curran

Eng

328*

31.37

342 v India at The Oval 2018

 

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

( - )

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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