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by Andrew Wood Monday 18 July 2016
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has reached the pole position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings for Test bowlers after his man of the match performance in the first Test against England at Lord’s.
Shah took 10 wickets in the match and played a crucial role as Pakistan beat England by 75 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
The 30-year-old is the first Pakistan bowler to reach the top of the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers since December 1996 when Mushtaq Ahmed achieved that feat.
The performance in the Lord’s Test gave Shah a total of 32 points and he jumped three places to claim the pole position, overtaking Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
England’s Chris Woakes, who took 11 wickets in the first Test, leapfrogged 28 places and is currently placed at a career-best 36th spot.
Pakistan pacer Rahat Ali also achieved a career-high ranking of 32 while Mohammad Amir makes a return into the top 100 at the 93rd rank.
Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq has reached his best ranking and is currently in the 11th place while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq jumped one place to reach the ninth spot.
Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed has also managed to leap two spots and now sits in the 17th spot in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen.
Among the England batsmen, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance have risen in the rankings and are currently placed in the 16th and 40th position.
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