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Ban vs Aus 2017: Nathan Lyon Rises Nine Spots to Career Best Ranking 

Ban vs Aus 2017: Nathan Lyon Rises Nine Spots to Career Best Ranking
CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 07: Nathan Lyon of Australia holds up the ball after he took 13 wickets for the match during day four of the Second Test match between Bangladesh and Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Australia’s recent Test win over Bangladesh in the second Test at Chittagong couldn’t help them from slipping to the fifth spot in the ICC Test ranking. This fifth place is Australia’s lowest rank in 29 years. The Australia team entered the two match series at number four in the ranking. A series win would have kept them in the fourth spot, but a humiliating loss in the first Test meant that the Australian team would slip in the rankings. India leads the rankings and have a huge lead over other teams.

(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Australia is tied with 97 points with New Zealand but is fifth due to a decimal point. However, the Australian players have gained rankings after their performance in the second Test match. Nathan Lyon took 22 wickets in the two match Test series. He picked up 13 wickets alone in the second innings. This match winning performance took him to a career best eighth spot in the rankings, a nine spot jump. Lyon has also adjudged the man of the game in the second Test for his match winning performance.

Lyon partnered with David Warner to win the second Test for Australia and draw the series for the tourists. Warner scored a century in the second innings of the first Test (112) and another century in the first innings of the second Test (123). His patient knock took Australia past the Bangladeshi score in the first innings. These performances took him back to the fifth spot in the ICC Test rankings above Virat Kohli who is in the sixth spot.

Apart from it, their new middle order mainstay Peter Handscomb played a gutsy knock in the first innings of the second Test which meant he raised 15 spots to his career best ranking to 24. Glenn Maxwell also played a helping hand in the Test match taking him 16 spots higher to 88th place. Ashton Agar who was making a comeback to the Australian side jumped seven places to 77th in the rankings.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, gained five ranking points after a win the first Test but they remain ranked ninth in the team rankings.


1  India 36 4,493 125
2  South Africa 31 3,395 110
3  England 39 4,097 105
4  New Zealand 32 3,114 97
5  Australia 34 3,294 97
6  Pakistan 31 2,868 93
7  Sri Lanka 36 3,229 90
8  West Indies 26 1,940 75
9  Bangladesh 20 1,471 74
10  Zimbabwe 10 0 0



1  Steve Smith 936
2 Joe Root 902
3 Kane Williamson 880
4 Cheteshwar Pujara 876
5 David Warner 807
6 Virat Kohli 806
7 Azhar Ali 769
8 Alastair Cook 765
9 Hashim Amla 764
10 Lokesh Rahul 761



1  Ravindra Jadeja 884
2 James Anderson 868
3 Ravichandran Ashwin 852
4 Rangana Herath 809
5 Josh Hazlewood 794
6 Kagiso Rabada 785
7 Dale Steyn 763
8 Nathan Lyon 752
9 Vernon Philander 751
10 Stuart Broad 747

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