Mohammad Abbas Moves into Top 20 with Fine Show at Lord’s

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Mohammad Abbas leads a trio of Pakistan fast bowlers who have moved up in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after contributing in a memorable nine-wicket victory over England in the Lord’s Test that ended on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Abbas’s player of the match haul of eight for 64 has helped him gain nine spots and reach a career-best 20th position after only seven Tests while Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali have also moved up after creditable shows in the first of two Tests.

Left-arm bowler Amir’s five wickets in the match have lifted him five places to 32nd position while Hasan Ali has gained 26 slots to reach 61st position after taking four first innings wickets. This is the career-best in Test matches for Hasan, who is currently ranked fourth in ODIs after having attained top rank in the format in October last year.

Among their batsmen, Asad Shafiq has risen six slots to 26th place after slamming 59 in his only innings of the match, while Harris Sohail has moved up 13 places to 80th rank after scores of 39 and 39 not out.

Babar Azam, who was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the wrist by a Ben Stokes delivery in the first innings and ruled out of the further part in the series, has moved up 14 places to 86th position after his 68-run contribution.

For England, Alastair Cook, a former number-two batsman, has gained one place to reach 15th position after scores of 70 and one while fast bowler James Anderson has retained his second slot with four wickets in the match but lost two points and is now eight points behind top-ranked Kagiso Rabada of South Africa.

Pakistan’s unbeatable lead in the series also gives them a chance to overtake England in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.  A 2-0 series result will take them from seventh to fifth position with 95 points while pushing England down to seventh position and 93 points. England started the series on 97 points while Pakistan was on 88.

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MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 28 May, after the Lord’s Test):

Batsmen (top 10)

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

   1          ( – )          Steve Smith          Aus         929        61.37      947 v SA at Durban 2018

2          ( – )          Virat Kohli             Ind          912!       53.40      912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

3          ( – )          Joe Root                Eng         854        52.34      917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

4          ( – )          Kane Williamson NZ           847        50.35      893 v Aus at Perth 2015

5          ( – )          David Warner       Aus         820        48.20      880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6          ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           813        50.66      935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

7          ( – )          C. Pujara               Ind          810        50.51      888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

8          ( – )          Dean Elgar            SA           784!       42.58      784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9          ( – )          Aiden Markram    SA           759*!     55.55      759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

10         ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           726        48.03      907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

Other selected rankings

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

15          (+1)         Alastair Cook        Eng         679        45.65      874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

26          (+6)         Asad Shafiq          Pak         616        39.74      758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

80          (+13)      Haris Sohail          Pak         392*      41.71      416 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2017

86          (+14)      Babar Azam          Pak         374*!     28.00      374 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

Bowlers (top 10)

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

 

1          ( – )          Kagiso Rabada    SA           897        21.59      902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2          ( – )          James Anderson Eng         889        27.34      896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

3          ( – )          Vernon Philander SA           845        21.46      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4          ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          844        23.73      899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

5          ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          803        25.56      904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

6=        ( – )          Morne Morkel       SA           800!       27.66      800 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

( – )          Pat Cummins       Aus         800*!     23.81      800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

8          ( – )          Trent Boult            NZ           795        27.84      825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

9          ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           777        28.18      867 v Zim at Harare 2016

10         ( – )          Neil Wagner          NZ           765        28.26      785 v Win at Wellington 2017

Other selected rankings

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

20         (+9)         M. Abbas               Pak        644*!     16.62     644 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

32         (+5)         M. Amir                 Pak        514*      31.16     658 v Eng at Lord’s 2010

61         (+26)      Hasan Ali               Pak        247*!     27.30     247 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

96=       (+8)         Shadab Khan        Pak        107*!     48.00     107 v Eng at Lord’s 2018

All-rounders (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                 Team      Pts          Highest Rating

1          ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         421        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2          ( – )          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          391        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3          ( – )          Vernon Philander SA           372        376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

4          ( – )          R. Ashwin              Ind          368        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

5          ( – )          Ben Stokes           Eng         334/*     396 v Win at Lord’s 2017