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A-born Aussie Batsman Shoots Up ICC Test Rankings


Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and BJ Watling of New Zeland have achieved career-high positions in the ICC Test Rankings. 

The batsmen contributed to their respective countries recent Test wins with epic knocks that also won them Man of the Match awards this week.

Labuschagne’s score of 185 that helped Australia to victory over Pakistan by an innings and five runs in Brisbane has taken him from 35th to 14th place. 

Watling’s maiden Test double ton in Tauranga not only helped New Zealand beat England by an innings and 65 runs but has also lifted him 12 places to 12th position.

South Africa does not have a batsman in the top ten of the Test rankings. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is the highest-ranked Proteas batsman in 16th overall while Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram occupy positions 19 through 21.

Pakistan given little encouragement

Australia’s opposition Pakistan did not have much to cheer about with Shan Masood (up seven places to 57th) among batsmen and Haris Sohail (up 12 places to 81st) among bowlers moving up in the latest update that also takes into account performances in the day-night Kolkata Test in which India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs.

Watling is not the only one to gain big from his team as Neil Wagner’s eight-wicket match haul has catapulted him to a career-best third position with a tally of 816 rating points, the third best ever by a New Zealand bowler after Richard Hadlee (909 points) and Trent Boult (825).

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in the top 10 for batsmen for the first time after scores of 91 and 28 helped him gain three slots, while Joe Denly and Rory Burns have also made notable progress.

India captain Virat Kohli’s commanding century in Kolkata has helped him bridge the gap with top-ranked Steve Smith from 25 to three points while opener Mayank Agarwal has reached the top 10 for the first time.

India fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are at career-high points tallies after victory over Bangladesh. Ishant has 716 points but is in 17th place, way behind his career-best seventh place achieved in July 2011.

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has gained four slots to reach 26th position after scoring a fighting 74 in the second innings of the Kolkata Test while Liton Das is up eight slots to 78th position.

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada remains second in the bowlers rankings behind Australia’s Pat Cummins.

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