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    Wahab Riaz enters the top 20 for the first time in ICC Test bowlers rankings

    Pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood of Australia and Kagiso Rabada of South Africa have attained career-best rankings in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after excellent efforts that helped their sides to convincing victories in the Sydney and Cape Town Tests.

    Hazlewood has moved up two slots to third place with a match haul of seven for 94 in the Sydney Test, which Australia won by 220 runs on Saturday to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan.

    Hazlewood, who turned out for Australia in the ICC U19 World Cups 2008 and 2010, has gained 29 points to reach 860 points and is not far behind the India spin pair of Ravichandran Ashwin (887 points) and Ravindra Jadeja (879 points).

    Rabada has gained nine slots to reach eighth position after his player of the match performance of 10-92 in the second Test in Cape Town that helped South Africa defeat Sri Lanka by 282 runs on Friday to take a winning 2-0 lead.

    Rabada, who took 14 wickets in South Africa’s successful campaign in the ICC U19 World Cup 2014 in the UAE, has gained 144 points to reach 796 points, within seven points of England pace bowler Stuart Broad.

    There was good news for other pace bowlers too as Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz and the Sri Lanka pair of Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara also attained career-best rankings.

    Wahab’s four wickets in Sydney have seen him enter the top 20 for the first time as he has moved up five slots from 25th position. Lakmal’s six wickets have helped him move up six places to 30th position, while Kumara’s seven wickets have helped him gain 39 places to reach 67th rank.

    In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has continued to rise after scoring 101 and 29 in Cape Town. The wicket-keeper batsman has not only moved up one slot to a career-best eighth position but is now also the leading batsman from his country, ahead of AB de Villiers (ninth rank) and Hashim Amla (10th rank).

    Pakistan batsman Younus Khan’s scores of 175 not out and 13 have enabled him to gain seven slots and reach seventh rank in the Steve Smith-led list, even as Australia’s Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb and South Africa’s Dean Elgar have attained career-best rankings.

    Khawaja has moved up two slots to 11th place after scoring 13 and 79 not out, Handscomb’s 110 and 40 not out have helped him gain 17 slots to reach 38th position, while Elgar has gained 11 places to reach 21st position with scores of 129 and 55.



    New Zealand v Bangladesh series

    New Zealand (96 points) hosts Bangladesh (65 points) for a two-Test series starting in Wellington on January 12, with a series loss for the home side meaning it will lose points in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings.

    The following are the series permutations:

    · New Zealand wins 2-0: New Zealand 98 points, Bangladesh 62 points
    · New Zealand wins 1-0: New Zealand 97 points, Bangladesh 65 points
    · A 1-1 draw: New Zealand 94 points, Bangladesh 70 points
    · Bangladesh wins 1-0: New Zealand 92 points, Bangladesh 76 points
    · Bangladesh wins 2-0: New Zealand 91 points, Bangladesh 79 points

    MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 8 January 2017, before the New Zealand v Bangladesh series)

    Rank Team Points
    1 India 120
    2 Australia 109
    3 South Africa 102
    4 England 101
    5 Pakistan 97
    6 New Zealand 96
    7 Sri Lanka 96
    8 West Indies 69
    9 Bangladesh 65
    10 Zimbabwe 05
    Last edited by MenInG; 8th January 2017 at 07:34.


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    so after a month we will be rightly number 6 which we desrve..

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    Wahab bowled pretty well overall despite struggling a couple of times, his fitness was also easily the best of the pacers.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 8th January 2017 at 14:53.


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    Can Zimbabwe slip into negative rating points in the future should they lose to the new test entrants, Ireland &/or Afghanistan, in 2019 :?

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    I expect Pakistan to go down to No.6 position after New Zealand probably whitewash Bangladesh. However, I expect something similar to happen to Australia when they tour India which may propel Pakistan in the rankings. Especially if Pakistan wins in WI. Not a lot of Test cricket this year so not a lot of hope to break into the top 3 anytime soon.

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    Wahab went up a bit and Yasir has been dropping like a stone. Yasir is ranked below Shakib and just one spot ahead of Lyon now.


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    So after the NZ-Ban Series we will most likely be number 6.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QalandarFan View Post
    So after the NZ-Ban Series we will most likely be number 6.
    BD cannot be taken for granted.

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    Wahab proved me wrong here, 11 wickets in 3 Tests out of a whitewash is decent for him.

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    Wahab bowled much better than Amir, he was a bigger threat to the Aussies, he was the only bowler whom the Aussie's lost their wickets too even if they tried to see him out unlike the useless, over rated Amir.

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    So BD is 9th ranked team currently and can gain 14 points in just 2 test by beating 6th ranked team, so by that token for the sake of argument they would i guess can gain about 25 points if they beat a 1st or 2nd ranked english or australian team, which is very much possible considering those teams struggles in asia than i think they can gain atleast 25 points in just 2 tests, i know the ranking gives a lot of importance to difference in ranking and beating a top rank team should give you a lot more points but about 25 points in just 2 test is just way to much, can anyone explain how this work?


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    Wahab Riaz climbed into the top 20 for the first time in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers, up five slots from 25th position. it is a great victory for him.



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    Great personal milestone for Wahab. Top-20 for the first time, congrats !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak_Fan View Post
    19, fitness keeps halting his progress.
    Wahab is fast breathing down Shami's neck.

    He might become the best asian pacer if Shami keeps getting injured.

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    Sad state of bowling in the world if wahab can enter the top 20.


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