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Younis Khan climbs to second position in ICC rankings

Younis Khan scored a match-winning century in the second Test in Abu Dhabi
Younis Khan scored a match-winning century in the second Test in Abu Dhabi
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Pakistan veteran Younis Khan has climbed to second position in the International Cricket Council rankings for batsmen following his performance in the second Test against West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

Khan, who scored 127 runs in the first innings has climbed three places and is now 46 points behind the Australian captain Steven Smith, who tops the list. This is the 38-year-old's highest position in the rankings since July 2009.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has also made a comeback into the top 10 rankings after gaining one place following his knock of 96 while Asad Shafiq has moved two places and is currently at 14th following his fifties in both the innings.

For West Indies, after his knock of 67 in the second innings, Kraig Brathwaite has moved to 32nd position while Jermaine Blackwood's 95 helped him secure the 41st rank.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, who came with a man of the match all-round performance has managed positions of 36th in batting, 23rd in bowling and career-best position of fourth in the all-rounder list.

For his knocks of 52 and 47 on a tough pitch, England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has climbed two places to 11th place which is also his career best while Moeen Ali with his knocks of 68 and 14 has moved to career-best 26th rank. However, Joe Root has slipped to the third position with 852 points.

Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman are the biggest gainers for Bangladesh after their knocks of 78 and unbeaten 64, fetched them 24th and 92nd positions respectively.

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