Kohli consolidates but Williamson too attains career-high ranking points

10icc1Captains Virat Kohli of India and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have consolidated their positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, even as Tom Latham, Angelo Mathews and Nathan Lyon have made considerable gains in the latest rankings update carried out on Thursday. 

Top-ranked Kohli has gained 14 points to reach 934 points after a valiant first-innings knock of 123 in the second Test at Perth which Australia won by 146 runs on Tuesday to draw level at 1-1 in the four-match series. Kohli has thus increased his lead over Williamson from seven to 19 points. 

However, second-ranked Williamson too has something to cheer about after scoring 91 in the drawn first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, which ended in Wellington on Wednesday. He has reached a personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies. 

New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the man of the match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position. Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team, his eight wickets in the match helping gain four slots to reach 11th position. 

For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts. Mathews has gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rdplace after finishing with four wickets. 

There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with man of the match Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets helping grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year. Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up. 

Among their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world’s top-ranked Test side. 

For India, apart from Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers. 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 20 December, following the conclusion of the Perth and Wellington Tests): 

BATSMEN (top 20) 

Rank    (+/-)      Player                     Team   Points      Ave    Highest Rating

   1         ( - )         Virat Kohli            Ind         934       54.23     937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

  2         ( - )         Kane Williamson  NZ          915!      51.91     915 v SL at Wellington 2018

   3         ( - )         Steve Smith         Aus        892       61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018

   4         ( - )         C. Pujara              Ind         816       49.77     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   5         ( - )         Joe Root              Eng        807       50.44     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   6         ( - )         David Warner       Aus        787       48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   7         ( - )         D. Karunaratne    SL          752       37.73     754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

   8         ( - )         Dean Elgar           SA          724       41.05     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

   9=       (+1)        Azhar Ali              Pak        708       44.88     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

              ( - )         Henry Nicholls      NZ          708*      39.56     709 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018

  11        ( - )         Aiden Markram    SA          703*      47.27     759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  12        (+1)        U. Khawaja          Aus        692       42.80     747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  13        (-1)         D. Chandimal       SL          679       43.83     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  14        ( - )         Hashim Amla       SA          673       47.23     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  15        (+2)        Ajinkya Rahane    Ind         669       41.38     825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  16        (+8)        Angelo Mathews  SL          668       44.34     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

  17        (-2)         Faf du Plessis      SA          665       42.33     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

  18        (+2)        Kusal Mendis       SL          662       37.80     693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  19        (-3)         Ross Taylor          NZ          656       46.11     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

  20        (-3)         Jonny Bairstow    Eng        653       37.71     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017  

 

BOWLERS (top 20)

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                 Team     Points   Ave      Highest Rating

  1          ( - )         Kagiso Rabada    SA          882       21.71     902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   2         ( - )         James Anderson  Eng        874       26.98     903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

   3         ( - )         Vernon Philander SA          826       21.54     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   4         ( - )         M. Abbas              Pak        821*      16.62     838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

   5         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         796       23.50     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   6         ( - )         R. Ashwin             Ind         778       25.43     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   7         (+7)        Nathan Lyon        Aus        766       31.60     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

   8         (-1)         Pat Cummins       Aus        761*      24.80     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

   9         (+2)        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        758       26.66     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  10        (-1)         Yasir Shah           Pak        757       28.26     878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  11        (+4)        Tim Southee        NZ          752       30.16     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

  12        (-2)         Jason Holder        Win        751*      28.50     766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

  13        (-1)         Shannon Gabriel  Win        742       29.73     757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

  14        (-6)         Trent Boult           NZ          739       28.54     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

  15        (+1)        Mitchell Starc       Aus        703       28.22     805 v SA at Durban 2018

  16        (-3)         Neil Wagner         NZ          698       29.25     785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  17        ( - )         Mehidy Hasan      Ban        696*!     29.78     696 v Win at Dhaka 2018

  18        ( - )         Stuart Broad         Eng        694       29.04     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

  19        ( - )         Keshav Maharaj   SA          692*      27.65     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017

  20        (+1)        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        675       31.27     705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

 Rank      (+/-)        Player                Team     Points   Highest Rating

   1         ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        415       489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         384       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3         ( - )         Vernon Philander SA          370       378 v SL at Galle 2018

   4         ( - )         Jason Holder        Win        365/*     381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

   5         ( - )         Ben Stokes          Eng        342       396 v Win at Lord's 2017 

 

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating