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Quinton de Kock and Mark Wood gain the most in the latest ICC Test rankings

Kagiso Rabada lost a few rating points after missing the fourth Test against England.

Mark Wood
Mark Wood. (Photo Source: Twitter)

England’s Mark Wood and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock have made notable gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after the final Test in Johannesburg, which England won by 191 runs to take the series 3-1. Wood, who was adjudged Player of the Match at Wanderers, has moved up 19 places to 38th position among bowlers after his haul of nine for 100. He has also progressed to 142st from 151st among batsmen after scores of 35 not out and 18 in his 15th Test.

England batsmen Ollie Pope (up six places to 55th) and Dom Sibley (up nine places to 67th) are among others to advance in the latest update, which also takes into account the drawn Harare Test featuring Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Ben Stokes has gained two slots to reach 27th among bowlers.

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For South Africa, Quinton de Kock has moved back towards the top 10 for batsmen after scores of 76 and 39, advancing two places to reach 11th place. His teammate Anrich Nortje has gained 20 places to reach 53rd position among bowlers. Meanwhile, South Africa’s Vernon Philander has retired as the fifth-ranked all-rounder and 11th among bowlers after a decade-long career that saw him topping both these lists.

He spent 11 Tests as the top-ranked Test bowler between December 2013 and February 2014. He took over from Dale Steyn after taking four for 61 and three for 68 against India at Johannesburg in December 2013. That performance took him to 912 points, which is the joint-seventh best of all time, and the best ever for South Africa.

Raza also advances in the rankings

In Harare, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza’s Player of the Match effort has helped him advance in the rankings. His eight wickets, which included a seven-wicket haul in the first innings, have lifted him 21 places to 51st among bowlers. Knocks of 72 and 34 see him progress to 57th among batsmen. Brendan Taylor has moved up to 22nd and Sean Williams to 61st. Kusal Mendis’s fighting 116 has taken him to 23rd position from 26th before the match.

Here are the latest ICC Test rankings

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Virat Kohli India 928
2 Steve Smith Australia 911
3 M Labuschagne Australia 827*!
4 K Williamson New Zealand 814
5 David Warner Australia 793
6 C Pujara India 791
7 Babar Azam Pakistan 767!
8 Joe Root England 764
9 Ajinkya Rahane India 759
10 Ben Stokes England 718
11 Quinton de Kock South Africa 706
22 Brendan Taylor Zimbabwe 632
23 Kusal Mendis Sri Lanka 628
55 Ollie Pope England 492
57 Sikandar Raza Zimbabwe 490

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Pat Cummins Australia 904
2 Neil Wagner New Zealand 852
3 Jason Holder West Indies 830!
4 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 802
5 Mitchell Starc Australia 796
6 Jasprit Bumrah India 794*
7 J Anderson England 775
8 R Ashwin India 772
9 M Shami India 771
10 J Hazlewood Australia 769
27 Ben Stokes England 567
38 Mark Wood England 439
51 Sikandar Raza Zimbabwe 340

All-Rounders

Rank Player Team Pts
1 Jason Holder West Indies 473!
2 Ben Stokes England 407
3 R Jadeja India 406
4 R Ashwin India 308
5 V Philander South Africa 305

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