Wednesday August 18, 2021

ICC Releases New Test Rankings

DUBAI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has improved his position in the ICC Test batting rankings after a good performance in the recently held West Indies series.

The latest weekly ICC update, which includes performances in the first Test in Kingston, sees Babar Azam move up two slots to eighth position among batters after scores of 30 and 55 while Faheem Ashraf and Fawad Alam have gained four slots each to reach 48th and 55th positions, respectively.

Pakistani pacers in the list are Hassan Ali (15), Mohammad Abbas (17) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (18). No Pakistani all-rounder is included in the top 10 list.

England captain Joe Root’s scintillating form in the ongoing Test series against India has helped the England captain surge to the second spot in the rankings.

Root scored a sublime 180* in the first innings of the second Test match against India at Lord’s and was one of the few bright spots in the hosts’ 151-run defeat. He was placed at No 5 before the start of the series but two centuries in two matches has brought him within striking distance of Kane Williamson’s top spot.

India’s KL Rahul also made massive gains in the batting charts, rising up 19 spots to 37 in batting rankings.

In the bowling rankings, James Anderson’s five-wicket haul in the first innings helped him gain one spot to No 6. Mark Wood and Mohammed Siraj also jumped up the rankings, gaining 5 and 18 spots respectively. Wood is currently ranked 37th with Siraj a spot behind at 38.

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