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Hashim Amla moves up in the ICC Test Rankings

For Bangladesh, Mominul Haque has gained one slot.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla of the Proteas during day 1 of the 1st Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Bangladesh. (Photo Source: Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South Africa batsmen Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar have moved up the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after notching fine centuries in the first Test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, which their team won by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Amla’s scores of 137 and 28 have helped him move up one place to seventh position in the latest rankings while left-handed opener Elgar’s innings of 199 and 18 have lifted him four places to 12th position in the latest rankings. Amla has held the top rank in the past while Elgar’s best has been 11th position in March this year.

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Amla and Elgar are not the only South Africa batsmen to gain in the latest rankings, which also take into account the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, which Sri Lanka won by 21 runs on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Captain Faf du Plessis has gained two places to reach 16th position while Temba Bavuma has moved up three places to reach a career-best 36th position.

Among their bowlers, pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has moved up one place to fifth position while left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj’s seven wickets in the match have seen him gain five places to reach a career-best 18th position. This is the second-best position by a South Africa spinner after Paul Harris (sixth in December 2009) since their return to Test cricket.

For Bangladesh, Mominul Haque has gained one slot to reach 37th rank among batsmen while Mahmudullah has moved up two places to take 52nd position.

Sri Lanka players have also made significant gains with captain Dinesh Chandimal gaining 13 slots to reach 20th position after scores of 155 not out and seven, opener Dimuth Karunaratne moving up five places to 26th place and Niroshan Dickwella moving up 20 places to take a career-best 41st position.

Dilruwan Perera (up one place to 26th), Nuwan Pradeep (up one place to 33rd) and Suranga Lakmal (up two places to 36th) are the ones to move northwards among their bowlers while Rangana Herath’s fine effort in the match has helped him gain ranking points but did not result in him moving up the table.

Herath, who achieved the milestone of 400 Test wickets with his 11-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi, has gained 37 points to reach within six points of third-placed Ravichandran Ashwin of India.

Similarly, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s eight wickets in the Abu Dhabi Test have helped him only retain 15th place but his 715 rating points are the highest since December 2016. His compatriot Mohamad Abbas has gained three slots to reach 42nd position.

Among their batsmen, debutant Haris Sohail has entered the rankings at a creditable 71st position with scores of 76 and 34 while opener Shan Masood has gained six places to reach 105th position.

ICC Test Team Rankings

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 India 36 4493 125
2 South Africa 31 3395 110
3 England 43 4497 105
4 New Zealand 32 3114 97
5 Australia 34 3294 97
6 Pakistan 31 2868 93
7 Sri Lanka 36 3229 90
8 West Indies 30 2260 75
9 Bangladesh 20 1471 74
10 Zimbabwe 10 0 0

ICC Test Batsmen Rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 S.P.D. Smith AUS 936
2 J.E. Root ENG 889
3 K.S. Williamson NZ 880
4 C.A. Pujara IND 876
5 D.A. Warner AUS 807
6 V. Kohli IND 806
7 H.M. Amla SA 776
8 Azhar Ali PAK 763
9 K.L. Rahul IND 761
10 A.M. Rahane IND 760

ICC Test Bowlers Rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 J.M. Anderson ENG 896
2 R.A. Jadeja IND 884
3 R. Ashwin IND 852
4 H.M.R.K.B. Herath SL 846
5 K. Rabada SA 795
6 J.R. Hazlewood AUS 794
7 D.W. Steyn SA 756
8 N.M. Lyon AUS 752
9 N. Wagner NZ 745
10 V.D. Philander SA 744

ICC Test All-Rounders Rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 446
2 R.A. Jadeja IND 430
3 R. Ashwin IND 422
4 B.A. Stokes ENG 396
5 Moeen Ali ENG 378
6 V.D. Philander SA 325
7 M.A. Starc AUS 306
8 J.O. Holder WI 226
9 S.C.J. Broad ENG 207
10 H.M.R.K.B. Herath SL 201

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