ICC Test Rankings: Brathwaite, Hope reach career-best rankings, Warner returns to top 10

Kraigg BrathwaiteKraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope have attained career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after their splendid performances in Leeds helped the Windies complete a series-levelling win against England.

The Barbados pair, which orchestrated a 322-run chase for an unforgettable five-wicket victory, gained massively in the latest rankings that also takes into account the opening Test in Dhaka which saw Bangladesh pull off a 20-run win over Australia on Wednesday.

Opener Brathwaite has risen 14 slots to 16th position after his innings of 134 and 95 in the second Test of the three-match series while Hope’s knocks of 147 and 118 not out, the first pair of centuries in any first-class game at Headingley, have helped him secure a massive gain of 60 places to reach 42nd position.

Windies captain Jason Holder has gained in both batting (up four places to 57th) and bowling (up two places to 37th) rankings while pace bowler Shannon Gabriel has gained two slots to reach 18th position after taking six wickets in the match.

For England, Ben Stokes’s first-innings century has seen him move up two positions to 23rd place among batsmen while Chris Woakes has gained 10 slots to reach 74th position.

Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner has returned to the top 10 after a valiant century. Warner’s partnership of 130 for the third wicket with captain Steve Smith could not prevent Bangladesh from scoring its first ever Test win over Australia, but the left-hander had the satisfaction of moving up five slots to sixth position after scores of eight and 112.

For Bangladesh, opener Tamim Iqbal’s two innings of 71 and 78 have lifted him six places to a career-best 14th position, while star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has moved up three slots to a career-best 14th position among bowlers after his match haul of 10 for 153 at Mirpur.

His fellow spinners Mehedi Hasan (up three places to 30th) and Taijul Islam (up four places to 32nd) have also moved up after finishing the match with five and four wickets, respectively.

Shakib has also consolidated his position at the top of the list of all-rounders with his highest aggregate of 489 points, having also scored 84 and five runs in his two innings.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 31 August, after the first Test between Bangladesh and Australia and the second Test between England and the Windies):

Batsmen (top 10)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       Steve Smith      Aus      938      60.18   941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

   2       ( - )       Joe Root           Eng      902      54.30   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3       ( - )       K.Williamson    NZ        880      51.16   893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4       ( - )       C. Pujara          Ind       876      52.65   888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   5       ( - )       Virat Kohli         Ind       806      49.55   895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

   6       (+5)      David Warner    Aus      779      47.64   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   7       ( - )       Azhar Ali           Pak      769      46.86   787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

   8       (-2)       Alastair Cook    Eng      765      46.59   874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

   9       (-1)       Hashim Amla    SA        764      49.00   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  10      (-1)       Lokesh Rahul    Ind       761*!   46.27   761 v SL at Pallekele 2017  

 

Other selected rankings

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team      Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

14       (+6)      Tamim Iqbal     Ban      709!     40.27   709 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

16       (+14)    K. Brathwaite    Win      701!     37.44   701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

23=     (+2)      Ben Stokes       Eng      643!     35.35   643 v Win at Headingley 2017

42       (+60)    Shai Hope         Win      549*!   29.81   549 v Eng at Headingley 2017

57       (+4)      Jason Holder    Win      469      29.62   486 v Pak at Dominica 2017

74       (+10)    Chris Woakes   Eng      387*    32.14   409 v Ind at Mohali 2016

 

Bowlers (top 10)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge     Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind       884      23.60    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   2       ( - )       J. Anderson      Eng      868      27.74    884 v SL at Durham 2016

   3       ( - )       R. Ashwin         Ind       852      25.26    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   4       (+1)      R. Herath          SL        809      28.25    867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   5       (-1)       J. Hazlewood    Aus      802      25.75    863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

   6       ( - )       K. Rabada         SA        785*     24.56   821 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   7       (+1)      Dale Steyn        SA        763      22.30    909 v Win at Centurion 2014

   8       (+1)      V. Philander      SA        751      22.45    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   9       (-2)       Stuart Broad     Eng      747      28.81    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

  10      ( - )       Neil Wagner      NZ        745      28.90    767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

 

Other selected rankings

 

  Rank   (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

    14     (+3)      S. Al Hasan      Ban      705!     32.07   705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

    18     (+2)      S. Gabriel         Win      636*!   33.22   636 v Eng at Headingley 2017

    30     (+3)      Mehedi Hasan   Ban      511*!   31.37   511 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

    32     (+4)      Taijul Islam       Ban      481*!   33.40   481 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

    37     (+2)      Jason Holder    Win      449*!   38.31   449 v Eng at Headingley 2017

    52     (+14)    Pat Cummins    Aus      339*!   24.21   339 v Ban at Mirpur 2017

    67     (+6)      Roston Chase   Win      264*!   47.75   264 v Eng at Headingley 2017

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       S. Al Hasan      Ban      489!     489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2       ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind       430      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3       ( - )       R. Ashwin         Ind       422      493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

   4       ( - )       Moeen Ali         Eng      392      409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

   5       ( - )       Ben Stokes       Eng      360 /*  362 v SA at The Oval 2017