Herath achieves career-best rating

There has been a significant shake-up in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings after the conclusion of the Ahmedabad, Galle and Mirpur Tests, while the second Test between Australia and South Africa, starting in Adelaide on Thursday, may lead to changes at the top of the batting and bowling tables.

India defeated England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad, with Cheteshwar Pujara picking up the man of the match award. Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets in Galle, with Rangana Herath collecting the player of the match award, and Kieran Powell was adjudged man of the match in Mirpur where the West Indies overpowered Bangladesh by 77 runs.

Rangana Herath has achieved a career-best rating of 828 points on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers following his match figures of 11 for 108, while Pujara and Powell have earned career-best rankings to storm up the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

England captain Alastair Cook, who scored a gutsy 176 in his side’s second innings, has returned to the top 10 by rising four places to seventh, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has jumped six places to 13th position after scoring a classy 91 in the first innings, Matt Prior has become the fifth England batsman inside the top 20 after achieving a career-best ranking of 18th, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews’ contribution of 79 runs in a 156-run sixth wicket partnership with Jayawardene has given him a career-best ranking of 28th, New Zealand’s Daniel Flynn’s contributions of 53 and 20 has allowed him to improve his ranking by five places and he is now in 63rd position, Denesh Ramdin’s third career century for the West Indies has vaulted him seven places to 68th position while Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain’s effort of 96 and 21 has lifted him from 85th spot to 69th position.

While Kallis will be eyeing to cement his number-one spot in the Adelaide Test, Amla will be aiming to leapfrog Sri Lanka’s number-one ranked Kumar Sangakkara, and Philander will have his new ball partner and number-one ranked Dale Steyn firmly within his sights.

Amla, who is already enjoying his career-best rating, trails Sangakkara by just four ratings points and a good performance with the bat will mean that he will become one of the very few batsmen to top both the Test and ODI batting tables at the same time.

Batsmen

 Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

   1           ( – )          K.Sangakkara      SL           880         56.44     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

2           ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           876!       50.37     876 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

3           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA           859         57.30     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

4           ( – )          Michael Clarke    Aus         857!       50.84     857 v SA at Brisbane 2012

5           ( – )          S.Chanderpaul     WI          856         50.94     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

6           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           810         49.02     821 v Eng at The Oval 2012

7           (+4)         Alastair Cook       Eng         787         48.71     836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

8           (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         761         51.69     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

9           (-1)          Azhar Ali               Pak         753!       45.27     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

10         ( – )          Graeme Smith      SA           741         49.39     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

11         (+2)         Mike Hussey        Aus         725         50.50     921 v WI at Kingston 2008

12         (+2)         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         720         45.68     771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

  13=       (+6)         M.Jayawardene   SL           715         50.62     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

(-4)          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         715         48.93     909 v WI at Headingley 2007

  15         (-1)          T.Samaraweera   SL           708         50.96     775 v SA at Cape Town 2012

16         (-4)          Ross Taylor          NZ          701         41.80     775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

17         ( – )          Sachin Tendulkar   Ind          700         54.93     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

18         (+3)         Matt Prior              Eng         698!       43.33     698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

19         (-3)          Jonathan Trott     Eng         682         48.96     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

20         (-2)          Ian Bell                  Eng         676         46.24     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

 

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      HS Rating

1           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           859         23.86     902 v SL at Centurion 2011

2           ( – )          Vernon Philander SA           840*      17.60     852 v Eng at Lord’s 2012

3           ( – )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         832         27.09     836 v SL at Galle 2012

   4           ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           828!       30.26     828 v NZ at Galle 2012

5           (+9)         Pragyan Ojha       Ind          764*!    30.38     764 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

6=        (-1)          James Anderson  Eng         741         30.59     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

( – )          Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         741*      28.48     757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

8           (-1)          Peter Siddle           Aus         734         29.76     768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

9           ( – )          Morne Morkel      SA           721         30.59     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10         ( – )          Kemar Roach       WI          705*      27.69     712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

11         ( – )          Abdur Rehman    Pak         704*      28.40     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12         ( – )          Graeme Swann    Eng         699         29.65     858 v Pak at Lord’s 2010

13         (-5)          Stuart Broad         Eng         694         31.58     783 v WI at Lord’s 2012

14         (+1)         Zaheer Khan        Ind          665         32.02     752 v SA at Durban 2010

15         (-2)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        646*      32.32     680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

16         ( – )          Steven Finn           Eng         615*      28.15     621 v SA at Lord’s 2012

17         ( – )          Chris Martin         NZ          610         33.97     669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18         ( – )          R.Ashwin               Ind          595*!    28.22     595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

19         ( – )          Umar Gul              Pak         584         33.66     642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

20         ( – )          Ryan Harris          Aus         581*      23.63     614 v WI at Bridgetown 2012

 

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