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Mohammad Abbas rockets to the third position in the ICC Test Rankings

He took 17 wickets in the two-match Test series.

Mohammad Abbas
Mohammad Abbas. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has taken only 10 Tests to reach third place in bowlers’ rankings chart. Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has taken only 10 Tests to reach third place in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a stupendous 10-wicket match haul in Abu Dhabi helped his side defeat Australia by 373 runs.

The 28-year-old has gained 11 slots to reach the top three and has also crossed 800 rating points, matching compatriot Yasir Shah and South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander who also reached that threshold in 10 Tests.

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Three players who reached the 800-point mark in fewer Tests did so in the 19th century – England’s Tom Richardson (eight) matches in 1896, Australia’s Charlie Turner (nine) in 1892 and John Ferris (nine) in 1892, who turned out for both England and Australia.

Abbas, who started the series in 21st position, is the 10th Pakistan bowler to reach 800 rating points. Apart from Abbas and Yasir, the others to breach the 800-point barrier from Pakistan are Fazal Mahmood (16 Tests), Imran Khan and Wasim Akram (both 37), Waqar Younis (12), Mushtaq Ahmed (25), Shoaib Akhtar (29), Mohammad Asif and Saeed Ajmal (both 19).

Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif is another bowler to gain in the latest update, advancing 17 slots to 52nd position, while Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained 17 slots among batsmen after his knocks of 94 and 81 in the second Test.

What about others?

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has entered the rankings in 68th position after scores of 94 and 66 on debut while Babar Azam (up nine places to a career-best 76th), Australia’s Aaron Finch (up 15 places to 59th), Mitchell Starc (up seven places to 89th) and Travis Head (up five places to 97th) are the others to advance among batsmen.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s 1-0 series win in the two-match series has helped them gain seven points in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, coming within two points of sixth-placed Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Australia have slipped from third to the fifth position.

Here are the detailed rankings:

Test Rankings

Rank Team Points
1 India 116
2 South Africa 106
3 England 105
4 New Zealand 102
5 Australia 102 (- 4)
6 Sri Lanka 97
7 Pakistan 95 (+7)
8 West Indies 76
9 Bangladesh 67
10 Zimbabwe 2
11 Afghanistan 0
12 Ireland 0

Top 10 Test batsmen

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 935
2 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 910
3 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 847
4 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 835
5 ( – ) David Warner Aus 803
6 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 765
7 ( – ) D. Karunaratne SL 754!
8 ( – ) D. Chandimal SL 733
9 ( – ) Dean Elgar SA 724
10 (+1) Aiden Markram SA 703*
11 (-1) Usman Khawaja Aus 699

Top 10 Test Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) James Anderson Eng 899
2 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 882
3 (+11) M. Abbas Pak 829*!
4 (-1) Vernon Philander SA 826
5 (-1) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 812
6 (-1) Trent Boult NZ 795
7 ( – ) Rangana Herath SL 791
8 (-2) Pat Cummins Aus 784*
9 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 777
10 (-1) Jason Holder Win 766*!

Top 5 Test All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 420
2 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 400
3 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 380/*
4 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 370
5 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 341

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