Proteas

Proteas trio soars in ICC Test rankings

2018-03-27 11:57
Morne Morkel (Gallo)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel and opening batsman Dean Elgar have each broken into their respective Top 10 categories in the ICC Test rankings after the third Test against Australia in Cape Town.

Morkel, who also received the man-of-the-match award, picked up his best ever match figures of 9/110 to help the Proteas defeat Australia by 322 runs and take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

He became the fifth South African in history to take 300 Test wickets and described his match-winning effort as "the highlight of my life".

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Morkel moved up five places into sixth position and has risen to 798 points - his best-ever rating points tally with just one Test to go before his retirement.

Morkel's highest ever ranking position was third in November 2010.

Australia pace bowler Pat Cummins took seven wickets in Cape Town and moved up to 18th position, the first time he has made it to the top 20.

Elgar and Aiden Markram have both attained career-best rankings.

Elgar's first innings score of 141 not out, when he carried the bat for a record-equalling third time in Tests, has lifted him to eighth position.

Meanwhile, Markram's second innings score of 84 has helped him gain seven slots and reach 15th place.

Proteas wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock moved up five places to 19th and ball tampering Australia opener Cameron Bancroft moved up 22 places to 56th are among the others to move up in the latest rankings.

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ICC Test rankings:

Batsmen

1. Steve Smith (Aus) - 938

2. Virat Kohli (Ind) - 912

3. Kane Williamson (NZ) - 878

4. Joe Root (Eng) - 870

5. David Warner (Aus) - 828

6. AB de Villiers (SA) - 819

7. C. Pujara (Ind) - 810

8. Dean Elgar (SA) - 772

9. Azhar Ali (Pak) - 755  

10. Hashim Amla (SA) - 745

Bowlers

1. Kagiso Rabada (SA) - 899

2. James Anderson (Eng) - 887

3. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) - 844   

4. R. Ashwin (Ind) - 803

5. Josh Hazlewood (Aus) - 802 

6. Morne Morkel (SA) - 798

7. Trent Boult (NZ) - 792

8. Neil Wagner (NZ) - 781

9. Rangana Herath (SL) - 777

9. Vernon Philander (SA) - 777

All-rounders

1. Shakib Al Hasan (Ban) - 421    

2. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) - 391   

3. R. Ashwin (Ind) - 368   

4. Ben Stokes (Eng) - 349

5. Vernon Philander (SA) - 336

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