Mathews back in top 20 after Harare double-century

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews is back among the top 20 batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after helping his side win by 10 wickets in Harare to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe.

The former Sri Lanka captain’s best ranking was third, achieved in August 2014, while he has also been among the top 10 among batsmen in ODIs.

Other Sri Lanka batsmen to progress in the rankings are Kusal Mendis (30th to 26th) and Dhananjaya de Silva (39th to 37th) while Suranga Lakmal (26th to 22nd) and Lahiru Kumara (32nd to 30th) have moved up the list for bowlers. For Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza has advanced seven places and is now ranked 72nd among bowlers.

England’s Ollie Pope, Player of the Match for his unbeaten 135 in Port Elizabeth, has moved up 52 slots to 61st place while Sam Curran and Dom Sibley have advanced four slots each to reach 64th and 76th positions, respectively.

Ben Stokes has equaled his career-best second ranking among all-rounders after his knock of 120. He has moved back to the spot he had occupied in August last year while he is presently ranked 10th among batsmen and 29th among bowlers.

Off-spinner Dominic Bess’s five-wicket haul in the first innings has lifted him 49 places to 62nd, while Curran, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad have gained one slot each in the bowlers’ list.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 24 January, after the Port Elizabeth and Harare Tests)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/-)
PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Virat KohliIndia92854.97937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2( – )Steve SmithAus91162.84947 v SA at Durban 2018
3( – )M LabuschagneAus827*!63.43827 v NZ at Sydney 2020
4( – )K WilliamsonNZ81451.44915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
5( – )David WarnerAus79348.94880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6( – )C PujaraIndia79149.48888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7( – )Babar AzamPak767!42.67767 v SL at Karachi 2019
8(+1)Ajinkya RahaneIndia75943.74825 v NZ at Indore 2016
9(-1)Joe RootEng75248.27917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
10( – )Ben StokesEng745!36.93745 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020

 

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)Player TeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
16(+8)A MathewsSL66945.41877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
26(+4)Kusal MendisSL61035.71693 v WI at St Lucia 2018
37(+2)D de SilvaSL56235.01612 v Zim at Harare 2016
61(+52)Ollie PopeEng479*!51.85479 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020
64(+4)Sam CurranEng474*28.16566 v SL at Galle 2018
76(+4)Dom SibleyEng423*!39.14423 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Pat Cummins    Aus      904      21.82    914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2        ( – )       Neil Wagner      NZ        852      26.63    859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
3        ( – )       Jason Holder     WI        830!     26.37    830 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
4        ( – )       Kagiso Rabada SA        810      22.95    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
5        ( – )       Mitchell Starc    Aus      796      26.97    806 v NZ at Perth 2019
6        ( – )       Jasprit Bumrah  India     794*     19.24   835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
7        ( – )       J Anderson       Eng      783      26.83   903 v India at Lord’s 2018
8=      (+1)      R Ashwin          India     772      25.36   904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
( – )       V Philander       SA        772      22.29   912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
10       ( – )       M Shami           India     771      27.09   790 v Ban at Indore 2019

Other selected rankings 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

13       (+1)      Stuart Broad     Eng      756      28.51    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
22       (+4)      S Lakmal          SL        612!     37.70    612 v Zim at Harare 2020
27       (+2)      K Maharaj         SA        554      33.19    695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
30       (+2)      Lahiru Kumara   SL        517*!    36.20    517 v Zim at Harare 2020
41       (+1)      Sam Curran       Eng      399*     30.83    409 v SA at Cape Town 2020
42       (+1)      Jack Leach        Eng      398*     29.02    450 v Aus at The Oval 2019
56       (+18)     L Embuldeniya  SL        303*!    38.79    303 v Zim at Harare 2020
62       (+49)     Dominic Bess    Eng      287*!    29.72    287 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020
72       (+7)      Sikandar Raza   Zim       240*!    45.69    240 v SL at Harare 2020
89       (+5)      Joe Root           Eng      168*     48.75    196 v Aus at Lord’s 2015

All-rounders (top five) 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1        ( – )       Jason Holder     WI        473!     473 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
2        (+1)      Ben Stokes       Eng      411!     411 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2020
3        (-1)       R Jadeja           India     406      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4        ( – )       V Philander       SA        323      377 v SL at Galle 2018
5        ( – )       R Ashwin          India     308      492 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 wicket

In the latest rankings update that also includes the Port Elizabeth Test, which England won by an innings and 53 runs to go 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series, Mathews has advanced eight places to reach 16th  position after his unbeaten 200 in Harare.