Wagner joins select group of New Zealand bowlers after Wellington Test

Neil Wagner joins select group of New Zealand bowlers after Wellington Test
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Ross Taylor 200 in Wellington Test
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Neil Wagner has attained a career-best fifth position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after grabbing nine wickets in the Wellington Test and contributing in his team’s win over Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs.

The 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler has not only gained six slots but also crossed the 800-point mark, becoming only the third bowler from his country to do so. He is now on 801 points, only Trent Boult (825) and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Richard Hadlee (909) have done better in terms of rating points. His teammate Tim Southee is another one to get close to the mark, having reached 799 points in June 2014.

Wagner is now the top ranked bowler from his side but Boult too has gained one slot to reach seventh position after taking seven wickets in the victory in Wellington, which wrapped a winning 2-0 lead in the three-Test series and ensured they stay second in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after the series.

Ross Taylor has moved up 11 places to 13th position in the list for batsmen after his score of 200 while Henry Nicholls’s knock of 107 has lifted him two places to fifth position with a career-best tally of 778 rating points. Captain Kane Williamson remains their highest ranked batsman, at second position in the list led by India captain Virat Kohli.

For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah has reached a career-best 34th position, moving up six slots after scores of 13 and 67. Shadman Islam (up from 102nd to 98th) and Mohammad Mithun (up from 140th to 115th) have also moved up in the list for batsmen while fast bowler Abu Jayed has advanced 18 places to 77th position after taking three wickets in the match.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan host Ireland for a one-off Test in the northern Indian city of Dehradun from Friday, which will be the second Test for both teams. It will give the likes of captain William Porterfield (72nd among batsmen) and Tim Murtagh (67th among bowlers) of Ireland, and Afghanistan’s captain Asgar Afghan (130th among batsmen) and leg-spinner Rashid Khan (117th among bowlers) a chance to move up the rankings.

                                                                                                                                                                     

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 13 March 2019, after the Wellington Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts Avge   Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Virat Kohli India 922 53.76 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2 ( - ) K Williamson NZ 913 53.38 915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
3 ( - ) C Pujara India 881 51.18 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
4 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 857 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
5 (+2) Henry Nicholls NZ 778*! 45.75 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6 (-1) Joe Root Eng 763 49.51 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
7 (-1) David Warner Aus 756 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
8 ( - ) Aiden Markram SA 719* 43.8 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9 ( - ) Q de Kock SA 718 39.31 802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017
10 ( - ) Faf du Plessis SA 702 42.95 734 v India at Centurion 2018

 

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts Avge   Highest Rating
13= (+11) Ross Taylor NZ 676 46.71 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
34 (+6) Mahmudullah Ban 574! 33.18 574 v NZ at Wellington 2019
98 (+4) Shadman Islam Ban 341* 38.6 396 v WI at Dhaka 2018
115 (+25) M Mithun Ban 236*! 21.22 236 v NZ at Wellington 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts Avge   Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Pat Cummins Aus 878*! 22.02 878 v SL at Canberra 2019
2 ( - ) J Anderson Eng 862 26.93 903 v India at Lord's 2018
3 ( - ) K Rabada SA 851 21.77 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
4 ( - ) V Philander SA 813 21.64 912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
5 (+6) Neil Wagner NZ 801! 27.51 801 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6 (-1) R Jadeja India 794 23.68 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
7 (+1) Trent Boult NZ 787 27.54 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
8= (-2) Jason Holder WI 770* 27.69 778 v Eng at Antigua 2019
8= (-2) M Abbas Pak 770* 18.86 838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
10 ( - ) R Ashwin India 763 25.43 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts Avge   Highest Rating
77 (+18) Abu Jayed Ban 180* 39.36 207 v WI at Jamaica 2018

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Jason Holder WI 439/* 448 v Eng at Antigua 2019
2 ( - ) S Al Hasan Ban 399 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
3 ( - ) R Jadeja India 387 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 357 395 v WI at Lord's 2017
5 ( - ) V Philander SA 326 377 v SL at Galle 2018

*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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