Pakistan v SA

Morkel rises in ICC rankings

2010-11-19 17:49
Morne Morkel (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Morne Morkel has achieved a career best ranking of No. 3 in the latest ICC Test rankings released after the completion of the latest round of five-day matches.

This confirms that the Proteas currently possess the form new ball combination in the world with Dale Steyn at No. 1 and Morkel at No. 3.

Paul Harris (14) and Jacques Kallis (20) are the other Proteas in the top 20 while Kallis remains the world’s leading all-rounder.

Not surprisingly Proteas’ players feature prominently in the batting rankings with Kallis (4), Graeme Smith (7) and Hashim Amla (8) all in the top 10. They all scored centuries in South Africa’s most recent Test against Pakistan.

AB de Villiers (13) gives the Proteas a fourth batsman in the Top 20.

The latest team rankings will only be released at the conclusion of the series involving No. 1 ranked India and No. 2 ranked South Africa but India will definitely drop points having drawn their first two matches against New Zealand. The third match starts at Nagpur on Saturday.

Whether the Proteas can close the 11-point gap between the two sides will depend largely on their ability to win their second Test against Pakistan which starts at Abu Dhabi on Saturday.


ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 19 November 2010, after Galle Test and before the start of Abu Dhabi and Nagpur Tests)

Batsmen

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

   1           ( - )          S.Tendulkar          Ind          860         56.54     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
   2           ( - )          K.Sangakkara      SL           855         56.59     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   3           ( - )          V. Sehwag             Ind          846         54.56     866 v SL at Galle 2010
   4           (+2)         Jacques Kallis       SA           818         55.83     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
   5           (-1)          M.Jayawardena   SL           801         54.11     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
   6           (-2)          S.Chanderpaul     WI          796         49.18     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   7           ( - )          Graeme Smith      SA           784         50.72     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
   8=        ( - )          VVS Laxman       Ind          774         47.79     775 v Aus at Mohali 2010
                (+4)         Hashim Amla       SA           774         47.11     842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010
  10         (+11)      Chris Gayle           WI          755!       42.26     755 v SL at Galle 2010
  11         ( - )          T.Samaraweera   SL           750!        53.93     750 v WI at Galle 2010
  12         (+6)         Younus Khan       Pak         749         51.18     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
  13         (-3)          AB de Villiers        SA           743         45.07     762 v WI at Bridgetown 2010
  14         (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         738         48.91     855 v Eng at Headingley 2009
  15         (-1)          Simon Katich       Aus         735         45.96     807 v Pak at Lord's 2010
  16         (-1)          Jonathan Trott     Eng         733*!    55.00     733 v Pak at Lord's 2010
  17         (-8)          Ross Taylor          NZ          732         42.25     775 v Pak at Wellington 2009
  18         (-2)          Ricky Ponting       Aus         731         54.68     942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006
  19         (-2)          M.Yousuf              Pak         710         52.29     933 v WI at Karachi 2006
  20         (-1)          Tamim Iqbal        Ban        707*!    40.13     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

Bowlers

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

   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           864         23.57     897 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2008
   2           ( - )          Graeme Swann    Eng         858!       26.55     858 v Pak at Lord's 2010
   3           (+3)         Morne Morkel      SA           761*!    30.22     761 v Pak at Dubai 2010
   4           ( - )          Zaheer Khan        Ind          751 !      32.22     751 v NZ at Hyderabad 2010
   5           (-2)          M.Asif                    Pak         745         24.36     818 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2010
   6           (-2)          James Anderson  Eng         744         31.75     745 v Pak at Edgbaston 2010
   7           ( - )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         735         29.06     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   8           ( - )          Doug Bollinger     Aus         659*      23.79     666 v Ind at Mohali 2010
   9           (-1)          Harbhajan Singh Ind          656         31.97     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
  10         ( - )          M.Amir                  Pak         651*      29.09     658 v Eng at Lord's 2010
  11         ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         650*      34.30     697 v SA at Durban 2009
  12         ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        648*      32.09     650 v Ind at Chittagong 2010
  13         ( - )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          637         33.75     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000
  14         (+1)         Paul Harris            SA           576*      37.42     705 v Eng at Centurion 2009
  15         (-1)          Jerome Taylor      WI          574*      35.64     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009
  16         (-1)          Chris Martin         NZ          570         34.92     643 v Eng at Lord's 2004
  17         ( - )          Umar Gul              Pak         565         34.34     627 v WI at Karachi 2006
  18         ( - )          Peter Siddle           Aus         562*      31.53     617 v Eng at The Oval 2009
  19         ( - )          Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         560*!    31.06     560 v Ind at Bengaluru 2010
  20         ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA           544         31.68     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Points    HS Rating

   1           ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA           445        616 v Pak at Durban 2002
   2           ( - )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          398        412 v Pak at Napier 2009
   3           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        338 /*   361 v Eng at Mirpur 2010
   4           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         318 /*!  318 v Pak at Lord's 2010
   5           ( - )          Graeme Swann    Eng         287*/    327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

*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

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