8 Dec 2017

Wagner rises in rankings

5:42 am on 8 December 2017

The New Zealand pace bowler Neil Wagner has risen two places to be number seven in the ICC Test bowling rankings.

Blackcaps Neil Wagner appeals on Day 1 of the 3rd Test match between the New Zealand Black Caps and the South Africa Proteas.

Blackcaps Neil Wagner appeals on Day 1 of the 3rd Test match between the New Zealand Black Caps and the South Africa Proteas. Photo: Photosport

Wagner took nine wickets in the first Test against the West Indies in Wellington last weekend.

Captain Kane Williamson is the top ranked batter at number five, while first test century maker Tom Blundell goes straight onto the rankings list at number 70.

India captain Virat Kohli has moved up three places to grab second position among batsmen, after registering his career-best score in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, which ended in a draw in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Kohli's first-innings knock of 243 was followed with 50 as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50.

Though 45 points separate him from Australia captain Steve Smith, Kohli would be eyeing the chance of reaching the zenith in all three formats since he is the current No. 1 in ODIs and T20Is.

Smith though has been in a different league and last week reached 941 points, the joint fifth-highest in terms of the highest points tally in batting history in Tests. Smith is now on 938 points while Kohli is on 893 points.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the only batsman to have been at the top in all three formats at the same time - in December-January 2005-06, while his compatriot Matthew Hayden is the other batsman to have topped all three formats.

Team rankings

Rank Team Points

1 India 124 (-1)

2 South Africa 111

3 England 105

4 New Zealand 97

5 Australia 97

6 Sri Lanka 94

7 Pakistan 88

8 Windies 75

9 Bangladesh 72

10 Zimbabwe 02

Batsmen (top 10)

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

1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 938 60.40 941 v Eng at Brisbane 2017

2 (+3) Virat Kohli Ind 893 53.75 895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

3 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 879 53.05 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4 (-2) C. Pujara Ind 873 52.96 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

5 (-1) Kane Williamson NZ 865 50.66 893 v Aus at Perth 2015

6 ( - ) David Warner Aus 815 48.18 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 795 49.87 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

8 ( - ) Azhar Ali Pak 755 46.62 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

9 (+8) D. Chandimal SL 743! 43.94 743 v Ind at Delhi 2017

10 ( - ) Dean Elgar SA 732 42.30 740 v NZ at Dunedin 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

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

1 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 894 27.34 896 v Win at Lord's 2017

2 (+1) Kagiso Rabada SA 876 22.71 876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

3 (-1) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 870 23.73 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

4 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 829 25.44 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

5 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 799 28.04 867 v Zim at Harare 2016

6 ( - ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 786 25.97 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

7 (+2) Neil Wagner NZ 785 28.05 785 v Win at Wellington 2017

8 (+2) Mitchell Starc Aus 775 27.54 805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

9 (-2) Nathan Lyon Aus 774! 31.47 774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

10 (-2) Dale Steyn SA 748 22.30 909 v Win at Centurion 2014