Mayank Agarwal breaks into top 10 batsmen in the latest ICC Test rankings; Labuschagne achieves career-best rating

Mayank Agarwal breaks into top 10 batsmen in the latest ICC Test rankings; Labuschagne achieves career-best rating

Virat Kohli only three points behind the top-ranked Steve Smith.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Marnus Labuschagne and Bradley-John Watling have achieved career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings with epic knocks that also won them the Player of the Match awards this week.

Labuschagne’s score of 185 that helped Australia to victory over Pakistan by an innings and five runs in Brisbane has taken him from 35th to 14th place, while Watling’s 205 in Tauranga not only helped New Zealand beat England by an innings and 65 runs but has also lifted him 12 places to 12th position.

Labuschagne occupied 95th position when summoned as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith in the Lord’s Ashes Test in August and has made rapid progress since then, while Watling too has much to celebrate, as he is now the top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman, having overtaken South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.

Apart from Labuschagne, the other Australia batsmen to advance in the latest rankings update include opener David Warner (up six places to 17th), Joe Burns (up 11 places to 62nd) and Matthew Wade (up four places to 70th) while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved from 13th to joint-ninth in the bowlers’ list.

Their opposition Pakistan did not have much to cheer about with Shan Masood (up seven places to 57th) among batsmen and Haris Sohail (up 12 places to 81st) among bowlers moving up in the latest update that also takes into account performances in the day-night Kolkata Test in which India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs.

Watling is not the only one to gain big from his team as Neil Wagner’s eight-wicket match haul has catapulted him to a career-best third position with a tally of 816 rating points, the third best ever by a New Zealand bowler after Richard Hadlee (909 points) and Trent Boult (825).

Kohli bridges the gap between him and Steve Smith

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in the top 10 for batsmen for the first time after scores of 91 and 28 helped him gain three slots, while Joe Denly and Rory Burns have also made notable progress. India captain Virat Kohli’s commanding century in Kolkata has helped him bridge the gap with top-ranked Steve Smith from 25 to three points while opener Mayank Agarwal has reached the top 10 for the first time.

India fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are at career-high points tallies after victory over Bangladesh. Ishant has 716 points but is in 17th place, way behind his career-best seventh place achieved in July 2011. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has gained four slots to reach 26th position after scoring a fighting 74 in the second innings of the Kolkata Test while Liton Das is up eight slots to 78th position.

Here are the latest ICC Test rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points
1  India 119
2 New Zealand 109
3 England 104
4 South Africa 102
5 Australia 99
6 Sri Lanka 95
7 Pakistan 84
8 West Indies 80
9 Bangladesh 61
10 Afghanistan 55
11 Zimbabwe 16
12 Ireland 0

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts
   1 Steve Smith Aus 931
2 Virat Kohli India 928
3 K Williamson NZ 877
4 C Pujara India 791
5 A Rahane India 759
6 Henry Nicholls NZ 744
7 D Karunaratne SL 723
8 Tom Latham NZ 707
9 Ben Stokes Eng 704!
10 M Agarwal India 700*!
12 BJ Watling NZ 693
14 Marnus Labuschagne Aus 684
17 David Warner Aus 666
26 Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 614
36 Jonny Bairstow Eng 557
46 Rory Burns Eng 532
57 Shan Masood Pak 494
72 Mitchell Santner NZ 432

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Pat Cummins Aus 907
2 Kagiso Rabada SA 839
3 Neil Wagner NZ 816!
4 Jason Holder WI 814!
5 J Bumrah India 794*
6 J Anderson Eng 790
7 V Philander SA 783
8 Kemar Roach WI 780!
9= R Ashwin India 772
J Hazlewood Aus 772
15 R Jadeja India 725
17 I Sharma India 716
21 U Yadav India 672
29 B Stokes Eng 571

Top 5 All-Rounders

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Jason Holder WI 472!
2 R Jadeja India 406
3 Ben Stokes Eng 401
4 V Philander SA 315
5 R Ashwin India 308