Labuschagne and Watling move towards top 10

Neil Wagner also shot up in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for bowlers after his match-winning five-wicket haul against England in the first Test in Tauranga.

• Kohli bridges gap with top-ranked Smith; Stokes, Wagner and Warner gain in latest Test rankings update

Marnus Labuschagne and Bradley-John Watling have achieved career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings with epic knocks that also won them Player of the Match awards this week.

Labuschagne’s score of 185 that helped Australia to victory over Pakistan by an innings and five runs in Brisbane has taken him from 35th to 14th place, while Watling’s 205 in Tauranga not only helped New Zealand beat England by an innings and 65 runs but has also lifted him 12 places to 12th position.

Labuschagne occupied 95th position when summoned as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith in the Lord’s Ashes Test in August and has made rapid progress since then, while Watling too has much to celebrate, as he is now the top-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman, having overtaken South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.

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Apart from Labuschagne, the other Australia batsmen to advance in the latest rankings update include opener David Warner (up six places to 17th), Joe Burns (up 11 places to 62nd) and Matthew Wade (up four places to 70th) while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved from 13th to joint-ninth in the bowlers’ list.
Their opposition Pakistan did not have much to cheer about with Shan Masood (up seven places to 57th) among batsmen and Haris Sohail (up 12 places to 81st) among bowlers moving up in the latest update that also takes into account performances in the day-night Kolkata Test in which India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs.

Watling is not the only one to gain big from his team as Neil Wagner’s eight-wicket match haul has catapulted him to a career-best third position with a tally of 816 rating points, the third best ever by a New Zealand bowler after Richard Hadlee (909 points) and Trent Boult (825).

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is in the top 10 for batsmen for the first time after scores of 91 and 28 helped him gain three slots, while Joe Denly and Rory Burns have also made notable progress.

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India captain Virat Kohli’s commanding century in Kolkata has helped him bridge the gap with top-ranked Steve Smith from 25 to three points while opener Mayank Agarwal has reached the top 10 for the first time.

India fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are at career-high points tallies after victory over Bangladesh. Ishant has 716 points but is in 17th place, way behind his career-best seventh place achieved in July 2011.
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim has gained four slots to reach 26th position after scoring a fighting 74 in the second innings of the Kolkata Test while Liton Das is up eight slots to 78th position.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 26 November 2019)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Steve SmithAus93164.00947 v SA at Durban 2018
2( – )Virat KohliIndia92854.97937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3( – )K WilliamsonNZ87752.21915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4( – )C PujaraIndia79149.48888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5( – )A RahaneIndia75943.74825 v NZ at Indore 2016
6( – )Henry NichollsNZ74444.16778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
7(+2)D KarunaratneSL72336.93754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8( – )Tom LathamNZ70743.57724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019
9(+3)Ben StokesEng704!36.03704 v NZ at Mount Maunganui 2019
10(+1)M AgarwalIndia700*!67.07700 v Ban at Kolkata 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
12(+12)BJ WatlingNZ693!40.51693 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019
14(+21)M LabuschagneAus684*!46.75684 v Pak at Brisbane 2019
17(+6)David WarnerAus66646.23880 v NZ at Perth 2015
26(+4)M RahimBan61435.08658 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
36(+1)Jonny BairstowEng56435.26772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
38(+17)Joe DenlyEng557*!31.44557 v NZ at Mount Maunganui 2019
46=(+8)Rory BurnsEng532*!30.19532 v NZ at Mount Maunganui 2019
57(+7)Shan MasoodPak494*!26.93494 v Aus at Brisbane 2019
62(+11)Joe BurnsAus473*42.06575 v NZ at Christchurch 2016
70(+4)Matthew WadeAus445*30.54465 v SL at Sydney 2013
72(+26)M SantnerNZ432*!28.58432 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019
78(+8)Liton DasBan417*!24.80417 v India at Kolkata 2019

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Pat CumminsAus90721.62914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2( – )Kagiso RabadaSA83922.50902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3(+5)Neil WagnerNZ816!27.04816 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019
4(-1)Jason HolderWI814!27.26814 v India at Jamaica 2019
5(-1)J BumrahIndia794*19.24835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
6(-1)J AndersonEng79026.94903 v India at Lord’s 2018
7(+2)V PhilanderSA78322.16912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
8(+2)Kemar RoachWI780!26.94780 v India at Jamaica 2019
9=(+1)R AshwinIndia77225.36904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
(+4)J HazlewoodAus77226.30863 v India at Bengaluru 2017

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
15(+1)R JadejaIndia72524.64899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
17(+3)I SharmaIndia716!32.68716 v Ban at Kolkata 2019 
21(+1)U YadavIndia672!30.26672 v Ban at Kolkata 2019
29(+1)Ben StokesEng57132.77606 v WI at St Lucia 2019
35(+7)C de GrandhommeNZ445*!29.63445 v Eng at Mount Maunganui 2019
36(+1)Peter SiddleAus44330.66816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
52(+6)M SantnerNZ316*38.00344 v WI at Hamilton 2017
54(+6)Sam CurranEng307*30.33342 v India at The Oval 2018
81(+12)Haris SohailPak181*!25.6681 v Aus at Brisbane 2019

All-rounders (top five)

Rank  (+/-)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1( – )Jason HolderWI472!472 v India at Jamaica 2019
2( – )R JadejaIndia406438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3( – )Ben StokesEng401411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
4(+1)V PhilanderSA315377 v SL at Galle 2018
5(-1)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

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