Rabada, De Kock jump up rankings
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