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Ashwin continues to top Test player rankings for all-rounders


ravichandran-ashwin-poster-83Dubai: Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 of the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings as he continues to lead the way in the all-rounders list.

South Africa’s Vernon Philander is second in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for All-rounders behind Ashwin, while Bangaldesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is placed third.

Meanwhile, Pakistan batsmen Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali have all improved their rankings in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released today.

Younus, who scored 213 and 46 in Pakistan’s 356 runs victory, has climbed one place to sixth. The middle-order batsman, who rose to number-one position following his triple century against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009, had entered the series in 11th place on 759 ratings points.

During the series, in which he aggregated 468 runs, Younus gained five places and 101 ratings points, and is now just three ratings points behind South Africa’s fifth-ranked Hashim Amla.

Misbah, who scored 69 and 101 not out, which was the joint fastest century in the history of Test cricket, has risen three places to eighth position. The Pakistan captain scored 271 runs in the series, as a result of which he gained two places and 56 ratings points. Misbah now trails Australia’s David Warner by 40 ratings points.

Azhar Ali, who scored two centuries in the Abu Dhabi Test, has rocketed nine places to 18th position. Azhar, who also scored 53 and 30 in Dubai, had started the series in 26th position.

The batting table is headed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, with AB de Villiers of South Africa in second position.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has risen 29 places to 36th after taking five wickets in the match.

Yasir’s fellow spinner, left-armer Zulfiqar Babar, has climbed 13 places to a career high of 40th.

Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has retained his fourth position on 849 points, two points adrift of Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn leads the bowling chart, followed by Ryan Harris, who missed the Pakistan series due to an injury.


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