Aug 4 () : The latest ICC Player Test Rankings have seen the batsmen from South Africa and England move in the right direction while some of the Indian batsmen who have failed to score in the series against England have lost their places.
The England top order played exceptionally well in the third test with Ian Bell (167) and Ballance (153) scoring big centuries while the out of form skipper, Cook, scored 95 and 70 n.o. These performances helped all three move up the rankings.
Ian Bell has moved back into the top 20 by moving 5 places to be placed 19th on the table while Ballance, who scored his 3rd century of the summer, moved 16 places to reach a career best ranking of 31. Cook has moved up seven places to be placed 22nd .
The twin fifties by Rahane in the third test helped him reach 26th, his best position ever. Pujara who has had an ordinary series slipped a further 2 places to 10th while Kohli who has not scored a single 50 all series, has moved down to 15th place.
The newly appointed test skipper of South Africa, Hashim Amla, has returned to the top three moving up two places based on his performance in the Colombo test where he scored 139 and 25 which helped his side win the series and claim the no 1 spot for test side from the current holders, Australia.
He has moved ahead of Australian David Warner and West Indian Chanderpaul and trails second placed Kumar Sangakara by 11 rating points in a table which is led by his ODI skipper A B de Villiers on 899 points.
His opposite skipper in the series, Angelo Matthews scored 63 in both innings of the second test and his performance in that match has helped him move from the 10th spot to a career high 6th position. The position is testimony to his good performance in the last year where he has played some great knocks.
Sri Lankan veteran and ex-skipper Mahale Jayawardene scored 165 in the first innings which helped his leap-frog four places to 14th.
In the bowling front, Jadeja and Bhuvanesh Kumar have moved up to 25th and 32nd position respectively. Their England counterparts, who performed exceptionally in the third test, gained in similar lines to their batsmen by moving upwards.
Man of the match, James Anderson, for his seven wickets in the match, has been awarded with the 7th position while the terminator of the Indian second innings, Moeen Ali has rocketed to 38th position, a movement of 34 places from his previous 72nd.
ICC Top 10 Test Batsmen
|ID||Rat.||Name||Nat.||Career Best Rating|
|1||899||A.B. de Villiers||935 v Australia, 20/02/2014|
|2||889||K.C. Sangakkara||938 v England, 01/12/2007|
|3||878||H.M. Amla||907 v Pakistan, 13/10/2013|
|4||871||D.A. Warner||871 v South Africa, 01/03/2014|
|5||854||S. Chanderpaul||901 v New Zealand, 19/12/2008|
|6||827||A.D. Mathews||827 v South Africa, 24/07/2014|
|7||824||Misbah-ul-Haq||824 v Sri Lanka, 16/01/2014|
|8||818||M.J. Clarke||900 v Sri Lanka, 26/12/2012|
|9||795||L.R.P.L. Taylor||871 v West Indies, 19/12/2013|
|10||771||C.A. Pujara||851 v South Africa, 26/12/2013|
ICC Top 10 Test Bowlers
|D||Rat.||Name||Nat.||Career Best Rating|
|1||903||D.W. Steyn||908 v Pakistan, 01/02/2013|
|2||870||R.J. Harris||870 v South Africa, 01/03/2014|
|3||844||M.G. Johnson||844 v South Africa, 01/03/2014|
|4||813||V.D. Philander||912 v India, 18/12/2013|
|5||787||Saeed Ajmal||855 v Zimbabwe, 03/09/2013|
|6||783||T.G. Southee||799 v West Indies, 08/06/2014|
|7||781||J.M. Anderson||813 v India, 10/08/2011|
|8||755||H.M.R.K.B. Herath||838 v New Zealand, 25/11/2012|
|9||737||T.A. Boult||767 v India, 14/02/2014|
|10||733||P.M. Siddle||816 v England, 01/08/2013|
|10||733||K.A.J. Roach||733 v New Zealand, 26/06/2014|
Table courtesy : www.relianceiccrankings.com