Babar Azam and Duanne Olivier attain career-best Test rankings in the latest ICC update

Babar Azam and Duanne Olivier attain career-best Test rankings in the latest ICC update

Quinton de Kock was also one of the batsmen who climbed in the Test rankings.

Duanne Olivier
Duanne Olivier. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier has reached a career-best 24th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after another stellar performance in the final Test in Johannesburg, which his side won by 107 runs to complete a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan.

Olivier’s match haul of eight for 125 in the final game has lifted him eight slots in the list led by his compatriot Kagiso Rabada. His 24 wickets in the series not only got him the player of the series award but also see him gain 29 slots overall in the rankings after starting the series in 53rd place.

South Africa, who have reached the second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after their impressive series victory, also had their batsmen move up the rankings with Johannesburg man of the match Quinton de Kock (18 and 129 runs in his two innings) gaining 12 berths to reach 14th position. Former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 10th) and opener Aiden Markram (up two places to eighth) have also made significant gains.

Pakistan players also gain big

For Pakistan, Babar Azam has moved up five places to a career-best 20th position and Asad Shafiq is not far behind after inching up one slot to 23rd place. Openers Imam-ul-Haq (up 23 places to 73rd) and Shan Masood (up two places to 63rd) have also reached career-best positions.

Among their bowlers, Mohammad Amir has gained three slots to reach 31st position while other fast bowler Faheem Ashraf has lifted 48 slots to a career-best 58th position after finishing with six wickets in the match. Spinner Shadab Khan has also reached a career-best place after gaining 23 places to reach 78th in the list.

The emphatic series win has helped South Africa overtake New Zealand and England in the team rankings. South Africa have gained four points to reach 110 points, two points above England in the list led by India with 116 points. Pakistan have slipped behind Sri Lanka to seventh place and 88 points.

Here are the latest player rankings:

Batsmen

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 922
2 ( – ) K. Williamson NZ 897
3 ( – ) Cheteshwar Pujara Ind 881
4 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 874
5 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 807
6 ( – ) David Warner Aus 772
7 ( – ) Henry Nicholls NZ 763*!
8 (+2) Aiden Markram SA 741*
9 ( – ) D. Karunaratne SL 715
10 (+3) Hashim Amla SA 711
14 (+12) Q. de Kock SA 683
20 (+5) Babar Azam Pak 658!
23 (+1) Asad Shafiq Pak 643
63 (+2) Shan Masood Pak 470*!
73 (+23) Imam-ul-Haq Pak 433*!
99 (+11) T. de Bruyn SA 332*!

Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts
1 ( – ) K. Rabada SA 882
2 ( – ) J. Anderson Eng 874
3 ( – ) V. Philander SA 809
4 (-1) Pat Cummins Aus 804*
5 ( – ) R. Jadeja Ind 794
6 (+1) Trent Boult NZ 771
7 (-1) M. Abbas Pak 770*
8 ( – ) Tim Southee NZ 767
9 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 763
10 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 751*
24 (+8) D. Olivier SA 642*!
31 (+3) M. Amir Pak 573*
58 (+48) F. Ashraf Pak 292*!
78 (+23) Shadab Khan Pak 202*!

All-Rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team
1 ( – ) S. Al Hasan Ban
2 ( – ) R. Jadeja Ind
3 ( – ) Jason Holder Win
4 (+1) Ben Stokes Eng
5 (-1) V. Philander SA

Note: ! indicates career-highest rating

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