Ross Taylor, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Lachlan Ferguson achieve career-high rankings

Ross Taylor, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Lachlan Ferguson achieve career-high rankings

Virat Kohli is the number-one ranked ODI batsman, while Jasprit Bumrah is the top-ranked bowler. Rashid Khan is the leading all-rounder.

Ross Taylor
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has warmed up for the upcoming three-Test series against Pakistan by achieving a career-high position in the latest ICC Men’s Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which were released on Tuesday morning. The 34-year-old middle-order batsman started the series in the sixth position, but after scores of 80 and 86 not out, has leapfrogged Joe Root, Babar Azam and David Warner to the third position.

This is his career-best ranking, which has come after 207 ODIs in which he has scored 7,433 runs. The former captain had earlier reached fifth place this June. Taylor, reacting to the news, said: “First and foremost you want to win games, you don’t go out there to try to get your rankings up there. But I guess, at this stage of my career, it is nice to know that I am still able to compete.

“I think as you come towards the end of your career, you’ve worked your game out and you try to enjoy yourself a bit more. I’m not sure how many years I may have left so I’m trying to make the most of every opportunity.

“It’s obviously nice to achieve a high ranking, but at the same time I hope there’re a few more runs left in me.”

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is the other batsman to achieve a career-high ranking from the series in the UAE, which ended at one-all after the decider in Dubai was washed out. The left-handed opener had scores of one, 88 and 65, which have lifted him six places to 11th in the latest rankings. The 28-year-old, however, will not be part of the Test squad.

Similarly, Shadab Khan has achieved a career-high bowling ranking but will not feature in the upcoming Tests. The wrist spinner bagged six wickets in the series, including four for 38 in the second match, to vault 16 places to 24th position.

The other bowler to make an impact in the ODIs and one to look out for in the Tests is Lachlan Ferguson. The New Zealand fast bowler had figures of three for 40, three for 60 and five for 45 during the series, which also reflect in the latest rankings, in which he has rocketed 31 places to 42nd.

Shaheen Afridi, who took nine wickets in the series and won the player of the series award, has rocketed 66 places to sit just outside the top-100 in 118th position.

However, Trent Boult and Hasan Ali have been unable to either defend or improve their rankings.

Boult made a dream start to his season when he took a hat-trick in only his second over. However, he managed to add just one more wicket to his tally and consequently finished in seventh position after starting in fourth place.

Hasan, who had started the year with a number one ranking, has continued to slide. After falling three places following his four wickets, he is now ranked 13th but remains his side’s highest-ranked bowler.

Faf du Plessis and David Miller
Faf du Plessis and David Miller. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Down Under, South Africa defeated Australia 2-1 in a three-match series, with the series-decider in Hobart producing scintillating centuries from Faf du Plessis, David Miller and Shaun Marsh.

Du Plessis scored 125 in the run feast and finished with a series aggregate of 182 runs that has put him in the seventh position with a rise of three places. Miller scored 139 and ended up as the leading run-scorer with 192 runs, which have been rewarded with a rise of 11 places and put him in 31st position. Marsh scored 106 to end the series with 128 runs and in 62nd position after starting in 80th place.

South Africa’s series win is also reflected in the bowling table in which Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo Lungi Ngidi and Dwaine Pretorius have made upward movements, while Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have headed in the opposite direction.

Rabada’s haul of seven wickets has helped him move from the sixth position to fourth, Steyn’s series figures of seven for 94 have lifted him nine places to 15th, Phehlukwayo’s three wickets in his only appearance have helped him gain six place to 28th spot, Ngidi occupies 43rd position after earning a rise of 19 places following his four wickets and Pretorius has finished in 55th spot after gaining 20 places with five wickets in the series.

In contrast, Hazlewood has slipped four places to ninth, Starc has fallen three places to 17th and Cummins has dropped one place to 19th.

However, Marcus Stoinis has enhanced his reputation as a world-class all-rounder in the making by finishing in 17th place after starting in 40th spot. This is after he ended in 49th batting position (up by three places) and 85th bowling position (up by 37 places).

Virat Kohli is the number-one ranked ODI batsman, while Jasprit Bumrah is the top-ranked bowler. Rashid Khan is the leading all-rounder.

ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings

(as on 13 November, following Pakistan v New Zealand and Australia v South Africa series)

Rank Team Points
1. England 126
2. India 121
3. New Zealand 112 (-)
4. South Africa 111 (+1)
5. Pakistan 102 (+1)
6. Australia 100 (-)
7. Bangladesh 93
8. Sri Lanka 79
9. West Indies 72
10. Afghanistan 67
11. Zimbabwe 52
12. Ireland 39
13. Scotland 33
14. UAE 21

NOTE: Nepal will qualify for a full ranking after playing one more ODI, the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing two more matches.

ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings

(as on 13 November, following Pakistan v New Zealand and Australia v South Africa series)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 899 59.83
2 ( – ) Rohit Sharma Ind 871! 47.78
3 (+3) Ross Taylor NZ 808! 47.04
4 (-1) Joe Root Eng 807 51.52
5 ( – ) Babar Azam Pak 802 51.52
6 (-2) David Warner Aus 791 43.43
7 (+3) Faf du Plessis SA 785 45.12
8 (+1) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 767 45.69
9 (-2) Kane Williamson NZ 756 46.28
10 (-2) Quinton de Kock SA 754 44.44
11 (+6) Fakhar Zaman Pak 729*! 57.95
12 ( – ) Jonny Bairstow Eng 726 48.02
13 (-2) Martin Guptill NZ 720 42.99
14= (-1) Hashim Amla SA 707 49.65
( – ) Tamim Iqbal Ban 707 36.24
16 ( – ) Mushfiqur Rahim Ban 700 34.29
17 (-2) Aaron Finch Aus 690 37.56
18 ( – ) Jos Buttler Eng 685 39.70
19 ( – ) Eoin Morgan Eng 675 38.57
20 (+1) MS Dhoni Ind 674 50.11

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 ( – ) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 841! 21.01
2 ( – ) Rashid Khan Afg 788 14.47
3 ( – ) Kuldeep Yadav Ind 723*! 20.07
4 (+2) Kagiso Rabada SA 702 26.10
5= (+3) Y. Chahal Ind 683* 25.55
(+3) Adil Rashid Eng 683 30.42
7 (-3) Trent Boult NZ 682 25.39
8 (+3) M.Rahman Afg 679* 19.06
9 (-4) Josh Hazlewood Aus 675 25.15
10 (+2) M. Rahman Ban 671* 20.14
11 (-4) Imran Tahir SA 664 24.33
12 (+1) Akila Dananjaya SL 651*! 26.93
13 (-3) Hasan Ali Pak 646 23.41
14 ( – ) Chris Woakes Eng 642 30.64
15 (+9) Dale Steyn SA 638 25.70
16 ( – ) Mohammad Nabi Afg 633 31.44
17 (-3) Mitchell Starc Aus 632 21.44
18 (-1) Mitchell Santner NZ 623 33.91
19 (-1) Pat Cummins Aus 616 29.73
20 ( – ) Tim Murtagh Ire 602 29.74

All-Rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Rashid Khan Afg 353*/
2 ( – ) Mohammad Nabi Afg 337
3 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 332
4 (+1) M. Hafeez Pak 311
5 (-1) Mitchell Santner NZ 308

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