Pakistan Players On The Rise In ICC Rankings

Pakistan batsmen Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali have improved their rankings in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday following the conclusion of Abu Dhabi Test.  Khan, who scored 213 and 46 in Pakistan’s 356 runs victory, has climbed one place to sixth.  The middle-order batsman, who rose to the number-one position following his triple century against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009, had entered in series in 11th place on 759 ratings points.

During the series, in which he aggregated 468 runs, he gained five places and 101 ratings points, and is now just three ratings points behind South Africa’s fifth-ranked Hashim Amla.  Misbah, who scored 69 and 101 not, which was the joint fastest century in the history of Test cricket, has risen three places to eighth position.  The Pakistan captain scored 271 runs in the series, as a result of which he gained two places and 56 ratings points.

Misbah now trails Australia’s David Warner by 40 ratings points.  Azhar Ali, who scored two centuries in the Abu Dhabi Test, has rocketed nine places to 18th position.  Azhar, who also scored 53 and 30 in Dubai, had started the series in 26th position.

The good news for Australia is Mitchell Marsh’s scores of 87 and 47 has helped the 23-year-old vault 84 places to 94th on the list.  The batting table is headed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, with AB De Villiers of South Africa in second position.  In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has risen 29 places to 36th after taking five wickets in the match.

Yasir’s fellow spinner, left-armer Zulfiqar Babar, has climbed 13 places to a career high of 40th following his figures of 2/94 and 5/120.  Pakistan fast bowlers Rahat Ali and Imran Khan have also improved their rankings.  Rahat is now in 72nd position after a rise of seven places, while Imran has leaped 25 places to 86th position.

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has retained his fourth position on 849 points, two points adrift of Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath.  Steven Smith has gained three places and is now in 85th spot.  South Africa’s Dale Steyn leads with bowling chart, followed by Ryan Harris, who missed the Pakistan series due to an injury.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continues to lead the way in the ICC Player Rankings for All-rounders, with Mitchell Johnson dropping one place to fifth.  Other notable movers from the series are Mohammad Hafeez, who has risen four rankings places to 19th, with Steven Smith climbing 10 spots to 20th position.  Test cricket continues for Pakistan and Australia in November and December as they turn their attentions to the visit of New Zealand and India, respectively.