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Mehedi Hasan has rocketed into 33rd position in the ICC rankings for
Test Bowlers after bowling Bangladesh to its first-ever Test victory
Mehedi, who won the player of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016
award at the same venue eight months ago, returned match figures of 12
for 159, which gave him a lift of 28 positions.
The off-spinner had entered the player rankings last week after
taking seven for 138 on his debut in Chittagong. Mehedi is now
Bangladesh’s second highest-ranked Test bowler behind Shakib Al Hasan
The 19-year-old looks strong to gain further points and can
potentially break into the 20 as he is still in the qualification
period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100
wickets, while Mehedi has claimed 19 wickets in two Tests.
The other bowlers to improve their rankings following the Mirpur Test
were England’s trio of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.
Woakes, who took three for 30 in the first innings, moved up two
places to 18th, Stokes achieved a career-high ranking of 21st after
moving up two places following match figures of five for 65, while Ali
gained two places to 25th spot after figures of five for 57 and one for
England’s Joe Root dropped out of the top three. He slipped two places to fifth following scores of 56 and one.
Bangladesh’s 108-run victory in Mirpur also earned the youngest of
the 10 Test playing countries eight ranking points. This means they are
now on 65 points, just two points behind eighth-ranked West Indies.
In contrast, fourth-ranked England dropped to 105 points after conceding three points.
Meanwhile, Australia and South Africa will go head to head in a mouth-watering three-Test series starting in Perth on Thursday.
Australia are currently ranked third on 108 points, while South
Africa are in fifth spot on 96 points. Any side making a sweep of the
series will jump in the ICC Test team rankings.
A 3-0 win will put Australia on 112 points and ahead of Pakistan in
second place even if the Asian side defeat the West Indies by 3-0.
In contrast, South Africa will join England on 105 points if they win
3-0 but will be fraction of a point behind in fourth place, whereas
Australia will drop to fifth on 102 points.
A 2-1 series win for Australia will mean they will gain two points
and South Africa will drop one point, but Australia will slip behind
England by a fraction and South Africa will rise to 102 points when the
series result is reversed.
Australia captain Steve Smith will start the series as the No 1
ranked batsman, leading South Africa’s third-ranked batsman Hashim Amla
by 59 points.
Adam Voges (seventh), David Warner (ninth), Faf du Plessis (25th),
Dean Elgar (28th) and Quinton de Kock (30th) are the other batsmen
inside the top 30 to feature in the series.
Among the bowlers, second-ranked Dale Steyn trails India’s
number-one ranked Ravichandran Ashwin by 22 points, while Mitchell Starc
is Australia’s highest-ranked bowler in eighth position - 69 points
ahead of South Africa’s 10th-ranked Vernon Philander.
Bowlers outside the top 10 and aiming to improve their rankings
include Josh Hazlewood (11th), Morné Morkel (13th), Nathan Lyon (14th)
and Peter Siddle (19th).
In the all-rounders’ list, which is headed by Ashwin, Starc is the
highest-ranked player from either side in sixth position - 15 points
ahead of Philander.
1 R. Ashwin (Ind) 900
2 Dale Steyn (SA) 878
3 James Anderson (Eng) 853
4 Rangana Herath (SL) 831
5 Yasir Shah (Pak) 829
6 Stuart Broad (Eng) 821
7 Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) 805
8 Mitchell Starc (Aus) 792
9 Neil Wagner (NZ) 731
10 Vernon Philander (SA) 723