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Younus returns to the top five
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Player:Younis Khan

DateLine: 15th August 2016

 

Pakistanís Younus Khan has returned to the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after belting his sixth career double-century which helped his side to record an impressive 10-wicket victory over England in the fourth and final Test of the series at The Oval.

 

Younus, who shared 11th position with Indiaís Ajinkya Rahane going into the final Test, slammed a fine 218 in the first innings to shoot up to fifth in the latest batting table, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith.

 

Younus had started the series in fifth position but had dropped out of the top 10 following the third Test at Edgbaston when he slipped from ninth position.

 

Rahane has also made an upward movement after an impressive performance against the West Indies in the Gros Islet Test. Rahane has moved up three places to a career-best eighth rank after innings of 35 and 78 not out in Indiaís 237 runs victory over the West Indies which gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.

 

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylorís unbeaten knocks of 124 and 67 against Zimbabwe has seen him gain five places to reach ninth rank after his team won the second Test at Bulawayo by 254 runs to clinch the two-match series 2-0.

 

Englandís Moeen Ali has gained six places to move to 26th position, while his compatriot Jonny Bairstow (14th) and the Pakistan duo of Asad Shafiq (15th) and Azhar Ali (17th) have also gained one place each.

 

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo (27th), Kraigg Braithwaite (33rd) and Marlon Samuels (40th) are other batsmen to move in the right direction.

 

The top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers has remained largely unchanged but New Zealandís Neil Wagner has gained one spot to reach 13th, while England pace bowler Chris Woakes has gained two spots to reach 18th in a list led by England paceman James Anderson.

 

Pakistanís pace bowling pair of Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan, and the West Indiesí Miguel Cummins also made noticeable gains.

 

Left-armer Wahab has gained six slots to reach 27th after grabbing a total of five wickets at The Oval, while Sohailís six wickets during that Test has seen him jump 21 places to 41st rank. Cummins has rocketed 59 places to 55th after match figures of nine for 102.

 

The all-roundersí rankings are led by Indiaís Ravichandran Ashwin, while Australiaís Mitchell Starc has broken into the top five for the first time in fifth position after rising two places.

 

The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Colombo Test.

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 15 August, after the Tests in Oval, St Lucia and Bulawayo)

 

Batsmen (top 10)

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 904 58.41 936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
2 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 878 54.86 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
3 ( - ) K. Williamson NZ 873 51.29 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 860 51.45 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
5 (+7) Younus Khan Pak 845 53.72 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
6 (-1) Adam Voges Aus 824*! 79.55 824 v SL at Galle 2016
7 (-1) AB de Villiers SA 818 50.46 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
8 (+3) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 785! 49.00 785 v WI at St Lucia 2016
9 (+5) Ross Taylor NZ 772 48.66 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
10= (-3) Alastair Cook Eng 770 47.31 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
(-1) David Warner Aus 770 48.82 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
12 (-4) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 764 48.27 842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
13 (-3) Angelo Mathews SL 761 47.92 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
14 (+1) Jonny Bairstow Eng 744! 41.63 744 v Pak at The Oval 2016
15 (+1) Asad Shafiq Pak 739 42.85 758 v Eng at Lord's 2016
16 (-3) Virat Kohli Ind 709 45.06 784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
17 (+1) Azhar Ali Pak 692 43.27 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
26 (+6) Moeen Ali Eng 617! 34.61 617 v Pak at The Oval 2016
27 (+3) Darren Bravo WI 616 39.96 709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012
33 (+2) K. Brathwaite WI 573 33.70 591 v Eng at Grenada 2015
40 (+6) Marlon Samuels WI 514 33.07 672 v Zim at Barbados 2013
43 (+7) R. Ashwin Ind 511 34.26 527 v Eng at Old Trafford 2014

 

Bowlers (top 10)

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) J.Anderson Eng 870 28.28 884 v SL at Durham 2016
2 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 858 25.21 876 v WI at Antigua 2016
3 (+1) Dale Steyn SA 841 22.53 909 v WI at Centurion 2014
4 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 836 28.52 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
5 ( - ) Yasir Shah Pak 806* 27.48 878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
6 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 781* 23.42 789 v SA at Delhi 2015
7 ( - ) Mitchell Starc Aus 767! 27.88 767 v SL at Galle 2016
8 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 766 29.43 851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
9 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 756 28.96 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
10 ( - ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 755* 25.29 792 v WI at Hobart 2015

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
13 (+1) Neil Wagner NZ 699*! 30.43 699 v Zim at Bulawayo 2016
18 (+2) Chris Woakes Eng 609*! 26.07 609 v Pak at The Oval 2016
27 (+6) Wahab Riaz Pak 490*! 34.50 490 v Eng at The Oval 2016
41 (+21) Sohail Khan Pak 387*! 40.71 387 v Eng at The Oval 2016
55 (+59) M. Cummins WI 307*! 21.00 307 v Ind at St Lucia 2016
59 (+8) Ish Sodhi NZ 296*! 46.42 296 v Zim at Bulawayo 2016
78 (+6) Roston Chase WI 164*! 41.75 164 v Ind at St Lucia 2016
87 (+7) Martin Guptill NZ 87* 34.50 114 v Pak at Napier 2009
96 (+7) M. Chinouya Zim 48*! 62.66 48 v NZ at Bulawayo 2016

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 438! 438 v WI at St Lucia 2016
2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 384 419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
3 ( - ) Moeen Ali Eng 292 /*! 292 v Pak at The Oval 2016
4 ( - ) V. Philander SA 275*/ 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
5 (+2) Mitchell Starc Aus 262! 262 v SL at Galle 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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