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The scores of 85 and 131 from Usman Khawaja has helped him in breaking into the top 10 batsmen for the first time in the latest ICC Test rankings. The southpaw batsman has gained nine places in the rankings to take the number ten position. Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Abbas who scalped seven wickets in the first Test reached the career-best ranking of 13th place.
Meanwhile, Australia’s captain Tim Paine has also moved up by two places to 49th place in the rankings. Paine was able to play a crucial knock of 61 runs off 194 balls to help Australia salvage a draw in the first Test match. Thus, it was an imperative knock for the Australian skipper.
It was an engaging Test match.
Pakistan veteran batsman Mohammed Hafeez made a fine comeback to the game with a great hundred in the first innings. Therefore, Hafeez was able to move to the 45th place in the rankings tree.
Asad Shafiq who scored a good knock of 86 runs in the first innings also moved up by five places in the table to take the 20th rank. Harris Sohail was able to jump by 17 places to move to the 57th position after his knock of 110 in the first dig.
Prithvi Shaw takes the 73rd rank.
Pakistan southpaw opener Imam-ul-Haq who scored a fine 76 and 48 in each of the innings moved by 22 places to take the 88th rank. Meanwhile, Aaron Finch and Prithvi Shaw were able to make a fine entry to the ICC Test rankings. Finch scored 62 and 49 in his debut match whereas Shaw scored a majestic 134. Thus Finch and Shaw were able to take 72nd and 73rd place respectively in the rankings.
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Virat Kohli continued his dream form going as his 24th Test century has helped him get to 936 rating points. Kuldeep Yadav moved up by 16 places to take the 52nd rank after his five-wicket haul in the second innings.
Ravindra Jadeja who scored his maiden Test hundred in his home ground got a lift of six places. Jadeja now occupies the 51st place in the ICC Test Rankings. Roston Chase moved up four places to take 41st rank. Kieran Powell gained five places to get to 54th rank.