JADEJA BE­COMES TOP-RANKED TEST ALL­ROUNDER

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Cricinfo

Dubai, UAE - Ravin­dra Jadeja has over­taken Shakib al Hasan to be­come the No 1 Test all­rounder, to go with his No 1 rank­ing in the Test bowl­ing charts.

Jadeja, who has been sus­pended for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, is the lead­ing wicket-taker in the se­ries with 13 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 28.76. He has also con­trib­uted 85 runs, with a high­est score of an un­beaten 70, which came in the SSC Test.

Two cen­turies in the first two Tests against Sri Lanka also helped Chetesh­war Pu­jara move to No 3 in the Test bat­ting rank­ings, climb­ing up one place, while Ajinkya Ra­hane broke into the top ten, mov­ing up five spots to No 6.

Ra­hane has scored 212 runs in two Tests so far, with one fifty and one cen­tury.

A fine all-round dis­play from Moeen Ali in Eng­land's 3-1 se­ries win over South Africa helped him re­tain his No 4 spot in the all­rounder rank­ings, while mov­ing up three po­si­tions to a ca­reer-best 21st slot in the bat­ting rank­ings.

Moeen struck 252 runs and fin­ished the se­ries as the high­est wicket-taker with 25 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 15.64, be­com­ing the first player to score 250 runs and take 25 wick­ets in a four-Test se­ries. His wicket tally in the se­ries in­cluded a ten-wicket haul in the first Test at Lord's.

James An­der­son's 20 wick­ets against South Africa pushed him up to No 2 in the Test bowl­ing rank­ings, dis­plac­ing R Ash­win, while Jonny Bairstow moved to No 7 in the bat­ting charts, af­ter fin­ish­ing as the sec­ond-high­est run-get­ter in the Tests against South Africa.

Ravin­dra Jadeja

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