Kohli back at the top in Test rankings

Virat Kohli is back at the top of the batsmen’s list in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings as Australia’s Steve Smith slipped behind the India captain in the latest update carried out on Wednesday.

Kohli, who had struck a fine 136 in the day-night Kolkata Test against Bangladesh last week to reach 928 points, is now five points clear as Smith’s knock of 36 in the Adelaide Test against Pakistan saw him slip to 923 points from 931 before the match.

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Australia opener David Warner’s epic 335 not out has lifted him 12 places to the fifth position while Marnus Labuschagne is in the top 10 for the first time after being ranked as low as 110th at the start of the year.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc is another Australia player to gain in the latest update, which also takes into account performances in the drawn New Zealand-England Test in Hamilton and the one in Lucknow that saw the West Indies defeat Afghanistan by nine wickets. Starc has moved up four places to 14th after grabbing seven wickets in the Adelaide Test.

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Marnus Labuschagne has broken into the top 10 batting rankings for the first time
Marnus Labuschagne has broken into the top 10 batting rankings for the first time

Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has moved up two places to 13th, thanks to his fighting knock of 97 in the first innings, while left-handed opener Shan Masood has gained 10 places to reach a career-best 47th position after striking 68 in the second innings. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, one of the stars of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018, has moved up 13 places to 49th among bowlers.

England captain Joe Root is back in the top 10 after spending a week outside it, his innings of 226 pulling him up to seventh from 11th. Rory Burns’s second Test century has pushed him into the top 40 for the first time.

For New Zealand, Ross Taylor has gained two places to reach 16th among batsmen and Tim Southee has moved up one place to 13th among bowlers.

West Indies captain Jason Holder’s five wickets have helped him move up one slot to third place with a career-best 830 rating points and he has also consolidated his position at the top of the all-rounders’ list.

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Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall has broken into the top 50 with a 10-wicket haul while centurion Shamarh Brooks has risen 68 places to 62nd.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 4 December 2019, after the Adelaide, Hamilton and Lucknow Test matches)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1(+1)Virat KohliIndia92854.97937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2-1Steve SmithAus92363.75947 v SA at Durban 2018
3( – )K WilliamsonNZ87752.68915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4( – )C PujaraIndia79149.48888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5(+12)David WarnerAus76448.58880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6-1A RahaneIndia75943.74825 v NZ at Indore 2016
7(+4)Joe RootEng75248.54917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
8(+6)M LabuschagneAus731*!53.52731 v Pak at Adelaide 2019
9-3Henry NichollsNZ72643.42778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
10-3D KarunaratneSL72336.93754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

Other selected ratings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
13(+2)Babar AzamPak698!37.05698 v Aus at Adelaide 2019
16=(+2)Ross TaylorNZ68847.12871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
36(+10)Rory BurnsEng565*!32.81565 v NZ at Hamilton 2019
41=(+9)Shane DowrichWI544!30.08544 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
47(+10)Shan MasoodPak527*!27.91527 v Aus at Adelaide 2019
62=(+68)S BrooksWI466*!34.8466 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
64=(+3)Tim PaineAus462*30.97528 v India at Melbourne 2018
(+6)Matthew WadeAus462*31.45465 v SL at Sydney 2013
74(+24)John CampbellWI421*!29.8421 v Afg at Lucknow 2019

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Pat CumminsAus90022.1914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2( – )Kagiso RabadaSA83922.5902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3(+1)Jason HolderWI830!26.37830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
4-1Neil WagnerNZ81426.98816 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019
5( – )Jasprit BumrahIndia794*19.24835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
6(+1)V PhilanderSA78322.16912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
7-1J AndersonEng78226.94903 v India at Lord’s 2018
8(+1)J HazlewoodAus77626.33863 v India at Bengaluru 2017
9( – )R AshwinIndia77225.36904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
10(+1)M ShamiIndia77127.09790 v Ban at Indore 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
13(+1)Tim SoutheeNZ75530.01799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
14(+4)Mitchell StarcAus75227.57805 v SA at Durban 2018
15(+1)Stuart BroadEng73328.77880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
20(+1)Umesh YadavIndia672!30.26672 v Ban at Kolkata 2019
21(+1)Nathan LyonAus64832.36774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
23(+3)Chris WoakesEng606*30.96609 v Pak at The Oval 2016
34(+5)Roston ChaseWI462*!42.37462 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
47(+63)R CornwallWI364*!22.61364 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
49(+13)Shaheen AfridiPak335*!33335 v Aus at Adelaide 2019
50(+4)Sam CurranEng328*31.37342 v India at The Oval 2018

All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1( – )Jason HolderWI473!473 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
2( – )R JadejaIndia406438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3( – )Ben StokesEng381411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
4( – )V PhilanderSA315377 v SL at Galle 2018
5( – )R AshwinIndia308492 v Eng at Mohali 2016

* 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