ICC Test Rankings: Babar Azam climbs a spot, Anderson-Broad move up

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has moved to the 5th spot in ICC Test Rankings updated on Teusday, after England’s 2nd Test against Pakistan in Southampton. Babar, who scored a fifty in Manchester and fighting 47 in the drawn Test at the Ageas Bowl has moved up a spot.

Babar Azam, who is back at his career-best spot, is the only batsman to be in the top 5 of ICC Rankings across all 3 formats. Babar is No. 1 in T20I rankings and No. 3 in ODI rankings behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Meanwhile, India’s Jasprit Bumrah, who has not played a Test since India’s tour of New Zealand, has dropped a spot to 9th in ICC Test Bowler Rankings.

Formerly top-ranked fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson of England have advanced the Bowler Rankings. Broad has moved up one slot to the second position in the bowlers’ list after a haul of 4/56 while Anderson has moved up two slots to 14th with figures of 3/60, as the pair helped dismiss Pakistan for 236 in their only innings of the match.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Abbas too4reer-best ranking of third in October 2018.

In the batsmen’s list, Babar’s compatriots Abid Ali (up to 49th) and Mohammad Rizwan (up to 75th) have also attained career-best rankings after knocking up half-centuries.

For England, Zak Crawley has moved to a career-best 81st place after a score of 53, even as all-rounder Ben Stokes and captain Joe Root have retained their seventh and ninth positions, respectively.

In the ICC World Test Championship points table, England remain in third position with 279 points while Pakistan are fifth with 153. The list is led by India with 360 points and Australia are second at 296.

ICC Test Rankings

Top 10 batsmen

1. Steve Smith
2. Virat Kohli
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Kane Williamson
5. Babar Azam
6. David Warner
7. Ben Stokes
8 Cheteshwar Pujara
9. Joe Root
10. Ajinkya Rahane

Top 10 bowlers

1. Pat Cummins
2. Stuart Broad
3. Neil Wagner
4. Tim Southee
5. Jason Holder
6. Kagiso Rabada
7. Mitchell Starc
8. Mohammad Abbas
9. Jasprit Bumrah
10. Trent Boult

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