ICC Test Rankings: Jonny Bairstow Returns To Top 20, Virat Kohli Leads Batting Charts
The International Cricket Council, on Wednesday (November 28), announced the latest ICC Test Rankings.
England’s Jonny Bairstow returned to the top 20 at the 16th position after scoring 110 and 15 in the third Test against Sri Lanka. The knocks helped England register their first whitewash win in Sri Lanka as well as in Asia. Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque was another significant gainer after scoring 120 and 12 in the 64-run win over Windies. Mominul is now just outside the top-20 in 24th place after moving up 11 places.
India skipper Virat Kohli continues to lead the batting charts.
Among other batsmen, Pakistan’s Azhar Ali has moved up three places to 12th, Kusal Mendis is 20th (up by eight places), Ben Stokes is 31st (up by five places), Roshen Silva is 48th (up by five places) and Shane Dowrich is 58th (up by seven places).
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New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls leads the pack of batsmen who have achieved career-high rankings. The Kiwi star jumped three places to take the 17th spot. Other players to have secured career-best rankings are Jos Buttler is 18th (up by three places), Haris Sohail is 38th (up by 33 places), Babar Azam is 39th (up by 24 places) and Ben Foakes is 50th (up by four places).
In the bowlers’ table, Yasir Shah is back in the top-10 in 10th position after jumping nine places. The leg-spinner picked up 14 wickets to help Pakistan beat New Zealand and level the series.
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South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada replaced James Anderson as the number one bowler after the latter lost one per cent of his points for missing the Colombo Test.
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Other bowlers who have gained are – Taijul Islam at a career-high 21st position (up six places), Stokes at 28th (up three places), Devendra Bishoo at 32nd (up two places), Adil Rashid at a career-best 36th (up two places), Jack Leach at 41st (up two places), Lakshan Sandakan at a career-high 45th (up 11 places) and Malinda Pushpakumara at 61st (up 15 places).
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