Kagiso Rabada rises to 3rd spot in ICC Test Rankings for bowlers

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein which helped complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series. Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match haul of 10 for 63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory. He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs South Africa 2017-18, 2nd Test at Bloemfontein

Rabada, a star of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup when his side won it in 2014, has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India and is now on 876 points, only eight points behind second-placed India spinner Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of England. Rabada was not the only South Africa pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Du Plessis s 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143. For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes has gained four slots to reach 69th position while pace bowler Subashish Roy has gained 18 slots to reach 86th position.

For Sri Lanka, who have overtaken Pakistan to take sixth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, Dimuth Karunaratne s scores of 196 and seven have seen him move up nine places to 17th position, the first time he is in the top 20. Niroshan Dickwella has gained two slots to reach 39th position and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera has gained 10 slots to reach 76th position. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd day-night Test at Dubai

Perera has also gained in the rankings for bowlers, his eight wickets in Dubai helping him gain three positions to reach 23rd position. Suranga Lakmal has also gained three places to reach 33rd position. Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who scored his 11th Test century, has gained seven places to reach 28th position while captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained one place to reach 32nd position. Pace bowler Wahab Riaz s five wickets in the match have seen him overtake India s Umesh Yadav to take 24th position while Haris Sohail has gained 35 places to reach 83rd rank.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 11 October 2017, after the South Africa v Bangladesh and Pakistan v Sri Lanka series)

Rank Team Points

1 India 125

2 South Africa 111

3 England 105

4 New Zealand 97

5 Australia 97

6 Sri Lanka 94

7 Pakistan 88

8 West Indies 75

9 Bangladesh 72

10 Zimbabwe 00

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 11 October, after the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai and the second Test between South Africa and Bangladesh in Bloemfontein):

Batsmen (top 10)

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

1 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 936 59.66 941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

2 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 889 53.76 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

3 ( – ) K. Williamson NZ 880 51.16 893 v Aus at Perth 2015

4 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 876 52.65 888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

5 ( – ) David Warner Aus 807 47.94 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 806 49.55 895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

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

8 (+1) Lokesh Rahul Ind 761*! 46.27 761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

9 (+1) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 760 47.61 825 v NZ at Indore 2016

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

Other selected rankings

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

14 (+2) Faf du Plessis SA 718! 46.54 718 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

17 (+9) D. Karunaratne SL 700! 36.86 700 v Pak at Dubai 2017

28 (+7) Asad Shafiq Pak 617 39.71 758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

32 (+1) Sarfraz Ahmed Pak 608 40.14 715 v SL at Galle 2015

39 (+2) N. Dickwella SL 567*! 35.59 567 v Pak at Dubai 2017

61 (+43) Aiden Markram SA 451*! 85.00 451 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

69 (+4) Imrul Kayes Ban 422 26.40 478 v NZ at Wellington 2017

76= (+10) D. Perera SL 388! 21.75 388 v Pak at Dubai 2017

91 (+30) Liton Das Ban 353*! 28.22 353 v SA at Bloemfontein 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

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

1 ( – ) J. Anderson Eng 896! 27.39 896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2 ( – ) R.Jadeja Ind 884 23.60 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

3 (+2) K. Rabada SA 876! 22.71 876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

4 (-1) R. Ashwin Ind 852 25.26 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

5 (-1) R. Herath SL 833 27.82 867 v Zim at Harare 2016

6 ( – ) J. Hazlewood Aus 794 25.75 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

7 (+1) Nathan Lyon Aus 752! 31.83 752 v Ban at Chittagong 2017

8 (-1) Dale Steyn SA 748 22.30 909 v Win at Centurion 2014

9 ( – ) Neil Wagner NZ 745 28.90 767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

10 (+1) Stuart Broad Eng 737 28.81 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

Other selected rankings

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

23 (+3) D. Perera SL 592* 32.39 674 v Zim at Harare 2016

24 (+1) Wahab Riaz Pak 585*! 33.53 585 v SL at Dubai 2017

32 (+1) N. Pradeep SL 478* 42.90 501 v Ind at Galle 2017

33 (+3) S. Lakmal SL 470* 44.82 500 v SA at Cape Town 2017

48= (+9) Duanne Olivier SA 353*! 23.11 353 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

60 (+10) Wayne Parnell SA 283*! 27.60 283 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

83= (+35) Haris Sohail Pak 171*! 18.60 171 v SL at Dubai 2017

86 (+18) Subashis Roy Ban 167*! 51.66 167 v SA at Bloemfontein 2017

93 (+27) A. Phehlukwayo SA 132*! 20.50 132 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating

1 ( – ) S. Al Hasan Ban 438 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2 ( – ) R. Jadeja Ind 430 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 422 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

4 ( – ) Ben Stokes Eng 396 /*! 396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

5 ( – ) Moeen Ali Eng 378 409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

*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