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ICC: England, Pakistan players eye improved rankings, key WTC points

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The likes of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes will be ones to watch during the upcoming three-Test series between England and Pakistan.

• Azhar, Babar and Abbas among Pakistan players to watch against England; the likes of Stokes and Broad will be looking to build on gains in West Indies series

• Opportunity for England and Pakistan to move up in ICC World Test Championship points table

Pakistan players will be aiming to progress in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings as they revive their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship with a three-match series against England starting in Manchester on Wednesday.

Captain Azhar Ali and vice-captain Babar Azam will be among the players in focus for Pakistan, up against a side that last week completed its first come from behind three-Test series win on home soil since 1888, with players like Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad performing splendidly against the West Indies to make massive gains in the player rankings.

Azhar, presently 27th among batsmen, will be hoping to regain the form that lifted him to sixth in December 2016, while Babar will be hoping to progress from a career-best aggregate of 800 rating points. Babar is currently sixth after having occupied a career-high fifth place in February.

Asad Shafiq (18th) and Shan Masood (33rd) are other Pakistan batsmen to have enjoyed higher rankings in the past but will have to contend with a sharp bowling attack in order to move up again.

Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas (13th) and experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah (24th), who have in the past, been ranked third and first, respectively, and left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (32nd) are other Pakistan players to watch.

For England, Stokes displaced West Indies captain Jason Holder from the top of the all-rounders’ list during their last series and formerly top-ranked Broad rose to third position in the bowlers’ list, currently led by Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins.

Stokes is also England’s top-ranked batsman in fourth position, with captain Joe Root (ninth) and opener Rory Burns (17th) their next batsmen on the list. Dom Sibley (35th), Jos Buttler (44th) and Ollie Pope (46th) get a chance to build on recent progress in home conditions, as do fast bowlers Mark Wood, Sam Curran and Jofra Archer, ranked close to each other from 36th to 39th positions.

In the WTC points table, England moved up to third position after the series against the West Indies and could potentially leapfrog Australia to second place, while Pakistan have the chance of overtaking New Zealand to fourth position.

Apart from the 2-1 win over the West Indies, England drew a five-match series against Australia 2-2 and won a four-match series against South Africa 3-1. Pakistan lost both matches of a two-Test series to Australia, beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a two-match series and won their first match against Bangladesh at home, with another Test due on a subsequent leg postponed due to Covid-19.

Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

More on the WTC is available here. An FAQs document on the ICC World Test Championship is available here.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 3 August 2020, before the England-Pakistan series):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank   Player Team  Pts      Avge  Highest Rating
1Steve SmithAus91162.84947 v SA at Durban 2018
2Virat KohliIndia88653.62937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3M LabuschagneAus827*!63.43827 v NZ at Sydney 2020
4Ben StokesEng81438.42827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
5K WilliamsonNZ81250.99915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
6Babar AzamPak800!45.12800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7David WarnerAus79348.94880 v NZ at Perth 2015
8C PujaraIndia76648.66888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
9Joe RootEng75148.30917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
10Ajinkya RahaneIndia72642.88825 v NZ at Indore 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank   Player             Team  Pts     Avge   Highest Rating
17Rory BurnsEng661*!35.67661 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
18=Asad ShafiqPak65839.25758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016
27Azhar AliPak60442.58787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
33Shan MasoodPak582*!31.28582 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
35Dom SibleyEng572*42.00575 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
44Jos ButtlerEng54831.63635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018
45Joe DenlyEng536*29.53578 v SA at Cape Town 2020
46Ollie PopeEng531*!43.38531 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
57Haris SohailPak495*37.22563 v NZ at Dubai 2018

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank   Player             Team  Pts     Avge   Highest Rating
1Pat CumminsAus90421.82914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2Neil WagnerNZ84326.60859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
3Stuart BroadEng82327.94880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
4Tim SoutheeNZ812!29.00812 v India at Christchurch 2020
5Jason HolderWI81026.69862 v Eng at Southampton 2020
6Kagiso RabadaSA80222.95902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7Mitchell StarcAus79726.97807 v NZ at Perth 2019
8Jasprit BumrahIndia779*20.33834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
9Trent BoultNZ77027.65825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
10J HazlewoodAus76926.20864 v India at Bengaluru 2017

Other selected rankings

Rank               Player Team  Pts     Avge   Highest Rating
11J AndersonEng76126.85903 v India at Lord’s 2018
13M AbbasPak752*20.76838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
20Chris WoakesEng654!29.40654 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
23Ben StokesEng60231.73606 v WI at St Lucia 2019
24Yasir ShahPak59930.52878 v Eng at Lord’s 2016
36Mark WoodEng419*32.36439 v SA at Johannesburg 2020
38Sam CurranEng407*31.82411 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
39Jofra ArcherEng384*30.11465 v Aus at The Oval 2019

All-rounders (top five)

Rank                (+/-)Player Team  Pts     Highest Rating
1( – )Ben StokesEng490497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2( – )Jason HolderWI447485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
3( – )R JadejaIndia397438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4( – )Mitchell StarcAus298346 v India at Pune 2017
5( – )R AshwinIndia281492 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
For more information on player rankings, please click here.


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