ICC Test Rankings: Career high gains for Ashwin & Mishra, AB de Villiers slips to third

New Delhi: There has been a reshuffle at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, with career-high gains for India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Australia’s Josh Hazlewood following their side’s victories in Nagpur and Adelaide, pushing the duo into second and 10th places, respectively. 

Hazlewood produced man of the match figures of nine wickets for 136 runs as Australia clinched the three-Test series 2-0 inside three days in the inaugural day/night Test. In doing so, the 24-year-old also passed the 50-wickets milestone (53 wickets in 12 Test matches to date) and soared 10 places to 10th.

Ashwin, meanwhile, claimed 12 for 98 in the match to spin his side to a 124 runs victory in Nagpur and India could move as high as second place in the ICC Test Championship if it wins the fourth Test which starts on Friday, 3 December in New Delhi. Ashwin’s ascent means that James Anderson and Yasir Shah drop to joint third on 846 points, while Stuart Broad falls to fifth. Despite dropping three places to 18th, there was good news for Peter Siddle who reached the 200 Test wicket milestone in Adelaide.

Other bowlers to head in the right direction during the Nagpur and Adelaide Tests include Amit Mishra (up two to 31st) who joins Imran Tahir (up by 14 places to 35th) in making career-high gains, while Black Caps bowler Doug Bracewell is one place and a single point further back in 36th after gaining four places. There were also career-high gains for Mitchell Marsh (up five to 55th) and Dean Elgar (up five to 68th) in a list which continues to be led by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

Australia captain Steven Smith and England’s Joe Root have regained joint pole position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, as AB de Villiers has dropped two places to third. The South Africa middle-order batsman now trails the duo by nine points, but a strong showing in New Delhi could see him regain top billing.

New Zealand opener Tom Latham has moved up four places to 35th after scores of 50 and 10, while Mitchell Santner rocketed into 66th position after a mature showing on his debut where he scored 31 and 45. For host Australia, Shaun Marsh has moved up eight places to 56th, while there were career-high rankings for Mitchell Starc (up five to 73rd) and Peter Nevill, buoyed by a first innings 66 and who is the highest mover overall (up 22 places to 79th).

Murali Vijay is the top ranked India batsman in 12th position, while his captain Virat Kohli has moved up one place to 16th and there were also gains for Shikhar Dhawan (up one to 32nd) and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha (up 10 to a career-high 92nd). JP Duminy also moved up three places to 40th after scores of 35 and 19 in a low scoring match.

There is one change in the top five all-rounders as Mitchell Starc has moved up to a career-high fifth position.

Meanwhile, in the ICC Test Championship Australia has moved into second position on 109 points following its 2-0 series win. An India victory in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi, meanwhile, would see it claim a 3-0 series win and see Kohli’s men move into second place on 110 points. In that scenario, the Proteas’ advantage at the top would be cut to just four points, with Australia dropping to third and Pakistan to fourth place.

ICC Test Championship (as on 30 November, after the conclusion of Australia-New Zealand Test series)

Rank Team Points

1 South Africa 125

2 Australia 109
3 Pakistan 106
4 India 100
5 England 99
6 New Zealand 95
7 Sri Lanka 93
8 West Indies 76
9 Bangladesh 47
10 Zimbabwe 5 

(Developed by David Kendix) 

ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 30 November, after Nagpur and Adelaide Tests)

Batsmen 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge HS Ranking

1= (+1) Steven Smith Aus 886 55.34 936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

(+3) Joe Root Eng 886 54.90 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

3 (-2) AB de Villiers SA 877 51.51 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

4 (-2) K.Williamson NZ 876 48.36 893 v Aus at Perth 2015

5 ( - ) David Warner Aus 862 50.48 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6 ( - ) A. Mathews SL 851 51.43 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

7 (-1) Hashim Amla SA 836 51.19 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

8 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 826 53.94 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

9 ( - ) Alastair Cook Eng 803 47.47 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

10 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 787 46.61 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013


Selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge HS Ranking

12 ( - ) Murali Vijay Ind 733 42.17 747 v SA at Bengaluru 2015

15 (-1) C. Pujara Ind 717 48.53 851 v SA at Durban 2013

16 (+1) Virat Kohli Ind 691 43.36 784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

18 (-2) B. McCullum NZ 686 38.40 760 v SL at Christchurch 2014

21 ( - ) Faf du Plessis SA 658* 45.44 710 v WI at Port Elizabeth 2014

26 (-2) A. Rahane Ind 616* 39.77 699 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2015

28 (-1) B-J Watling NZ 595 38.30 644 v Eng at Headingley 2015

32 (+1) S. Dhawan Ind 572* 41.80 593 v SL at Galle 2015

34 (-2) Adam Voges Aus 553* 54.41 564 v NZ at Perth 2015

35 (+4) Tom Latham NZ 551* 37.66 569 v Pak at Dubai 2014

37 (-2) Dean Elgar SA 547* 36.30 558 v Ind at Bengaluru 2015

40 (+3) JP Duminy SA 539 34.58 586 v SL at Galle 2014

46 ( - ) Rohit Sharma Ind 483* 35.80 578 v NZ at Wellington 2014

56 (+8) Shaun Marsh Aus 431* 32.57 472 v WI at Jamaica 2015

66 (NEW) M. Santner NZ 401*! 38.00 401 v Aus at Adelaide 2015

73 (+5) Mitchell Starc Aus 375*! 26.92 375 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

79 (+22) Peter Nevill Aus 356*! 27.30 356 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

92 (+10) W. Saha Ind 281*! 21.43 281 v SA at Nagpur 2015


Bowlers 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge HS Ranking

1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 884 22.56 909 v WI at Centurion 2014

2 (+3) R. Ashwin Ind 856! 25.93 856 v SA at Nagpur 2015

3= (-1) J. Anderson Eng 846 28.96 847 v WI at Barbados 2015

(-1) Yasir Shah Pak 846*! 24.17 846 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

5 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 840 29.12 852 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 809 28.12 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

7 ( - ) V. Philander SA 754 22.08 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

8 ( - ) R. Herath SL 751 29.49 851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

9 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 733 29.20 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10 (+10) J. Hazlewood Aus 708*! 24.16 708 v NZ at Adelaide 2015


Selected rankings 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge HS Ranking

11 (+1) R. Jadeja Ind 693*! 25.57 693 v SA at Nagpur 2015

12 (+1) Mitchell Starc Aus 692*! 30.58 692 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

14 (-4) Tim Southee NZ 650 32.78 799 v WI at Jamaica 2014

17 ( - ) Nathan Lyon Aus 628 34.02 648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

18 (-3) Peter Siddle Aus 620 30.02 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

20 (-1) Ishant Sharma Ind 589 36.83 671 v WI at Dominica 2011

31 (+2) Amit Mishra Ind 467*! 33.96 467 v SA at Nagpur 2015

35 (+14) Imran Tahir SA 426*! 39.16 426 v Ind at Nagpur 2015

36 (+4) D. Bracewell NZ 425* 37.08 538 v WI at Jamaica 2012

40 (-1) Mark Craig NZ 405*! 44.21 405 v Aus at Adelaide 2015

55 (+5) M. Marsh Aus 320*! 32.68 320 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

68 (+5) Dean Elgar SA 256*! 31.36 256 v Ind at Nagpur 2015

All-rounders 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points HS Ranking

1 ( - ) S. Al Hasan Ban 384 419 v Zim at Khulna 2014

2 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 376 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

3 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 315 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

4 ( - ) V. Philander SA 305*/ 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

5 (+1) Mitchell Starc Aus 260*/*! 260 v NZ at Adelaide 2015

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets. 

!indicates career-highest rating