ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli, R Ashwin retain their spots, while Steve Smith, O'Keefe gain crucial points

PTI, Feb, 26 2017
ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli, R Ashwin retain their spots, while Steve Smith, O'Keefe gain crucial points

Dubai: Captain Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at second, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to his top position in both the bowlers' and all-rounders' list of the latest ICC Test rankings issued today.

The Indian team, which lost the opening Test in Pune to Australia yesterday, was unaffected by the debacle at least in the ICC rankings. In fact, opener KL Rahul claimed his career-best ranking of 46th after scores of 64 and 10 in the match.

Steve Smith (L) and Virat Kohli are fighting for the number 1 Test batsman spot. PTI

The Australians, however, made substantial gains with match heroes Steve O'Keefe, Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw attaining significant gains.

Australia Smith reached a career-high 939 rating points after an outstanding batting effort in the Test which his team won by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, the ICC said in a statement.

Smith has not only consolidated his position at the top of the Rankings for Test Batsmen but has also attained rating points which are the sixth-best ever after Don Bradman (961), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both 942) and Peter May (941).

Gary Sobers, Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara all had career-high ranking points of 938.

Smith, who scored 27 and 109 in Pune to gain six points, now leads Kohli by 66 points while England batsman Joe Root is 91 points behind him at third place with 848 points.

Renshaw has moved up 18 places to a career-best 34th position scoring 68 and 31.

In the Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia's left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe has rocketed up 33 slots to a career-best 29th place after figures of 12 for 70 which earned him the player of the match award.

O' Keefe's figures are the cheapest 12-wicket haul in Test cricket, beating ICC Hall of Famer George Lohmann's 12 for 71 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1896.

Ashwin remained at the top of the bowlers' rankings with 878 points after taking seven wickets. But his spin partner Ravindra Jadeja now has company at second spot as Josh Hazlewood has caught up with him at 860 points, the Australia pace bowler's career-best.

India pace bowler Umesh Yadav's six wickets in the match have seen him gain four slots to reach 30th rank.

Meanwhile, Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has moved up three slots in the list of all-rounders to fourth position after his fighting knocks of 61 and 30. Starc, who is ranked 10th among bowlers, has also moved up 27 places in the list of batsmen to a career-best 61st rank.

Published Date: Feb 26, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 26, 2017


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115