Khawaja moves into top 10 for the first time

Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja celebrates a century during day five of the first Test cricket match in the series between Australia and Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on October 11, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)
Following knocks of 85 and 141 to salvage a draw against Pakistan in Dubai, Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has moved up nine spots to No.10.

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Australia opener Usman Khawaja has moved into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen for the first time, after a remarkable performance in the first Test in Dubai helped salvage a draw against Pakistan.

The left-handed opener, who struck 85 and 141 to claim the player of the match award on Thursday and advance nine places, had a previous best ranking of 11th in January 2017, when he attained a career-best 747 rating points.

Captain Tim Paine is another Australia batsman to move up as his unbeaten 61 in the second innings has taken him up two slots to 49 in the latest update, which also takes into account the first Test in Rajkot, where India completed their biggest ever victory, defeating the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez has re-entered the rankings at 45th place after marking his return to Test cricket with a century. Asad Shafiq (up five places to 20th), Harris Sohail (up 17 slots to 57th) and Imam-ul-Haq (up 22 places to 88th) are the others to make headway among batsmen while fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has gained eight places to reach a career-best 13th position after finishing with seven wickets in the match.

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Debutants Aaron Finch of Australia and Prithvi Shaw of India have made fine entries into the Test rankings – entering the list of batsmen at 72nd and 73rd positions, respectively. Finch slammed 62 and 49 in Dubai while opener Shaw, who led India to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup earlier this year in New Zealand, had a fine 134 to show in Rajkot.

India captain Virat Kohli’s century has helped him consolidate his position at the top of the rankings and he has moved to within one point of his highest ratings point of 937 while spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s six wickets in the match, including a haul of five for 57 in the second innings, has lifted him 16 places to 52nd position.

Ravindra Jadeja’s 100 not out has lifted him six places to 51st among batsmen, and with him also claiming four wickets in the match, he has bridged the gap with top-ranked Shakib Al Hasan to three points in the list of all-rounders.

For the West Indies, Roston Chase has moved up four places to 41st position and Kieran Powell has advanced five slots to 54th position.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 12 October, following the Rajkot and Dubai Tests):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Virat KohliInd93654.66937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2( – )Steve SmithAus91961.37947 v SA at Durban 2018
3( – )Kane WilliamsonNZ84750.35893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4( – )Joe RootEng83551.04917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5( – )David WarnerAus81248.2880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6( – )C. PujaraInd78249.94888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7( – )D. KarunaratneSL754!37.28754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8( – )D. ChandimalSL73344.96755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9( – )Dean ElgarSA72441.05784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10(+9)Usman KhawajaAus71944.58747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
11(-1)Aiden MarkramSA703*47.27759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
12(-1)Ross TaylorNZ69747.22871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
13( – )Hashim AmlaSA67347.23907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
14(+1)Faf du PlessisSA66542.33734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
15(-3)Kraigg BrathwaiteWin66237.21701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
16(-2)Azhar AliPak64644.27787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
17(-1)Kusal MendisSL64136.78693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
18(-1)Jonny BairstowEng63737.19772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
19(+1)Shakib Al HasanBan63239.69694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
20(+5)Asad ShafiqPak61739.68758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016


BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )James AndersonEng89926.84903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018
2( – )Kagiso RabadaSA88221.71902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3( – )Vernon PhilanderSA82621.54912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
4( – )Ravindra JadejaInd81823.44899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
5(+1)Trent BoultNZ79527.84825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
6(-1)Pat CumminsAus792*23.81800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
7( – )Rangana HerathSL79127.95867 v Zim at Harare 2016
8( – )R. AshwinInd77925.45904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9( – )Neil WagnerNZ76528.26785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10( – )Josh HazlewoodAus75126.84863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11( – )Shannon GabrielWin73830.06757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12( – )Stuart BroadEng73428.92880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  13=(+8)M. AbbasPak725*!16.89725 v Aus at Dubai 2018
     ( – )Jason HolderWin725*29.35732 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
15(-1)Tim SoutheeNZ72030.82799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
16( – )Nathan LyonAus70032.35774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17( – )Keshav MaharajSA692*27.65695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
18(-4)Mitchell StarcAus69028.61805 v SA at Durban 2018
19(+1)Shakib Al HasanBan66531.87705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
20(-1)Kemar RoachWin66128.31774 v SA at Centurion 2014


ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1( – )Shakib Al HasanBan420489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2( – )Ravindra JadejaInd417438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3( – )Vernon PhilanderSA370378 v SL at Galle 2018
4( – )Jason HolderWin348/*355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
5( – )R. AshwinInd340493 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.