Rabada, De Kock jump up rank­ings

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PACE bowlers Kag­iso Rabada, pic­tured, of South Africa and Josh Ha­zle­wood of Aus­tralia have at­tained ca­reer-best rank­ings in the lat­est Test bowl­ing rank­ings after ex­cel­lent ef­forts that helped their sides to con­vinc­ing vic­to­ries in the Syd­ney and Cape Town Tests.

Rabada has gained nine slots to reach eighth po­si­tion after his Man of the Match per­for­mance of 10/92 in the sec­ond Test in Cape Town that helped the Proteas de­feat Sri Lanka by 282 runs on Fri­day to take a win­ning 2-0 lead. Rabada, who took 14 wick­ets in South Africa’s suc­cess­ful cam­paign in the ICC Un­der-19 World Cup 2014 in the UAE, has gained 144 points to reach 796 points, within seven points of Eng­land’s Stu­art Broad. Ha­zle­wood has moved up two slots to third place with a match haul of 7/94 in the Syd­ney Test, which Aus­tralia won by 220 runs on Satur­day to com­plete a 3-0 white­wash over Pak­istan.

Ha­zle­wood, who turned out for Aus­tralia in the ICC Un­der-19 World Cups 2008 and 2010, has gained 29 points to reach 860 points and is not far be­hind the In­dia spin pair of Ravichan­dran Ash­win (887 points) and Ravin­dra Jadeja (879 points).

In theTest bat­ting rank­ings, South Africa’s Quin­ton de Kock has con­tin­ued to rise after scor­ing 101 and 29 in Cape Town. He has not only moved up one slot to a ca­reer-best eighth po­si­tion but is now also the lead­ing bats­man from his coun­try, ahead of AB de Vil­liers (ninth) and Hashim Amla (10th).

Pak­istan bats­man Younus Khan’s scores of 175 not out and 13 have en­abled him to gain seven slots and reach sev­enth in the Steve Smith-led list, even as Aus­tralia’s Us­man Khawaja and Peter Hand­scomb and South Africa’s Dean El­gar have at­tained ca­reer-best rank­ings.

Khawaja has moved up two slots to 11th place after scor­ing 13 and 79 not out, Hand­scomb’s 110 and 40 not out have helped him gain 17 slots to reach 38th po­si­tion, while El­gar has gained 11 places to reach 21st. – ANA

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