Fri, Apr 28, 2017 | updated 10:01 AM IST

Younus Khan returns to top five in ICC rankings

Updated: Aug 15, 2016 17:36 IST      
Younus Khan returns to top five in ICC rankings

Dubai, Aug.15 (ANI): Pakistan's Younus Khan has returned to the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after belting his sixth career double-century which helped his side to record an impressive 10-wicket victory over England in the fourth and final Test of the series at The Oval.

Younus, who shared 11th position with India's Ajinkya Rahane going into the final Test, slammed a fine 218 in the first innings to shoot up to fifth in the latest batting table, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith.

Younus had started the series in fifth position but had dropped out of the top 10 following the third Test at Edgbaston when he slipped from ninth position.

Rahane has also made an upward movement after an impressive performance against the West Indies in the Gros Islet Test. Rahane has moved up three places to a career-best eighth rank after innings of 35 and 78 not out in India's 237 runs victory over the West Indies which gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor's unbeaten knocks of 124 and 67 against Zimbabwe has seen him gain five places to reach ninth rank after his team won the second Test at Bulawayo by 254 runs to clinch the two-match series 2-0.

England's Moeen Ali has gained six places to move to 26th position, while his compatriot Jonny Bairstow (14th) and the Pakistan duo of Asad Shafiq (15th) and Azhar Ali (17th) have also gained one place each.

West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo (27th), Kraigg Braithwaite (33rd) and Marlon Samuels (40th) are other batsmen to move in the right direction.

The top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers has remained largely unchanged but New Zealand's Neil Wagner has gained one spot to reach 13th, while England pace bowler Chris Woakes has gained two spots to reach 18th in a list led by England paceman James Anderson.

Pakistan's pace bowling pair of Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan, and the West Indies' Miguel Cummins also made noticeable gains.

Left-armer Wahab has gained six slots to reach 27th after grabbing a total of five wickets at The Oval, while Sohail's six wickets during that Test has seen him jump 21 places to 41st rank. Cummins has rocketed 59 places to 55th after match figures of nine for 102.

The all-rounders' rankings are led by India's Ravichandran Ashwin, while Australia's Mitchell Starc has broken into the top five for the first time in fifth position after rising two places.

The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Colombo Test.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 15 August, after the Tests in Oval, St Lucia and Bulawayo)

Batsmen (top 10)

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

1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 904 58.41 936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

2 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 878 54.86 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

3 ( - ) K. Williamson NZ 873 51.29 893 v Aus at Perth 2015

4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 860 51.45 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5 (+7) Younus Khan Pak 845 53.72 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

6 (-1) Adam Voges Aus 824*! 79.55 824 v SL at Galle 2016

7 (-1) AB de Villiers SA 818 50.46 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

8 (+3) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 785! 49.00 785 v WI at St Lucia 2016

9 (+5) Ross Taylor NZ 772 48.66 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

10= (-3) Alastair Cook Eng 770 47.31 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

(-1) David Warner Aus 770 48.82 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

Other selected rankings

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

12 (-4) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 764 48.27 842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

13 (-3) Angelo Mathews SL 761 47.92 877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

14 (+1) Jonny Bairstow Eng 744! 41.63 744 v Pak at The Oval 2016

15 (+1) Asad Shafiq Pak 739 42.85 758 v Eng at Lord's 2016

16 (-3) Virat Kohli Ind 709 45.06 784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

17 (+1) Azhar Ali Pak 692 43.27 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

26 (+6) Moeen Ali Eng 617! 34.61 617 v Pak at The Oval 2016

27 (+3) Darren Bravo WI 616 39.96 709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012

33 (+2) K. Brathwaite WI 573 33.70 591 v Eng at Grenada 2015

40 (+6) Marlon Samuels WI 514 33.07 672 v Zim at Barbados 2013

43 (+7) R. Ashwin Ind 511 34.26 527 v Eng at Old Trafford 2014

Bowlers (top 10)

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

1 ( - ) J.Anderson Eng 870 28.28 884 v SL at Durham 2016

2 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 858 25.21 876 v WI at Antigua 2016

3 (+1) Dale Steyn SA 841 22.53 909 v WI at Centurion 2014

4 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 836 28.52 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

5 ( - ) Yasir Shah Pak 806* 27.48 878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

6 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 781* 23.42 789 v SA at Delhi 2015

7 ( - ) Mitchell Starc Aus 767! 27.88 767 v SL at Galle 2016

8 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 766 29.43 851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

9 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 756 28.96 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

10 ( - ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 755* 25.29 792 v WI at Hobart 2015

Other selected rankings

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

13 (+1) Neil Wagner NZ 699*! 30.43 699 v Zim at Bulawayo 2016

18 (+2) Chris Woakes Eng 609*! 26.07 609 v Pak at The Oval 2016

27 (+6) Wahab Riaz Pak 490*! 34.50 490 v Eng at The Oval 2016

41 (+21) Sohail Khan Pak 387*! 40.71 387 v Eng at The Oval 2016

55 (+59) M. Cummins WI 307*! 21.00 307 v Ind at St Lucia 2016

59 (+8) Ish Sodhi NZ 296*! 46.42 296 v Zim at Bulawayo 2016

78 (+6) Roston Chase WI 164*! 41.75 164 v Ind at St Lucia 2016

87 (+7) Martin Guptill NZ 87* 34.50 114 v Pak at Napier 2009

96 (+7) M. Chinouya Zim 48*! 62.66 48 v NZ at Bulawayo 2016

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Highest Rating

1 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 438! 438 v WI at St Lucia 2016

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 384 419 v Zim at Khulna 2014

3 ( - ) Moeen Ali Eng 292 /*! 292 v Pak at The Oval 2016

4 ( - ) V. Philander SA 275*/ 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

5 (+2) Mitchell Starc Aus 262! 262 v SL at Galle 2016 (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): Veteran Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has pledged to bear the educational expenses of the children of the 25 CRPF personnel, who were killed in an attack by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Monday.

Full Story >>

Sharapova enters Quarterfinals of Stuttgart Open

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 23:20 IST     

Stuttgart [Germany], April 27 (ANI): Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who made her comeback after 15-months of doping ban, registered her second win on Thursday by beating Roberta Vinci to reach the quarter-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Full Story >>

Maria Sharapova congratulates mother-to-be Serena Williams

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 20:28 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 27 (ANI): Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who marked her competitive return from a 15-month doping suspension with a straight-sets victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci in the opening round of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, has offered her congratulations to pregnant rival Serena Williams.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): C.K. Khanna, acting president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday said that International Cricket Council's (ICC) revised revenue model is not acceptable to them, adding that they would take a final call on this sensitive issue only after thorough analysis with the board officials.

Full Story >>

'Cheater' Sharapova should not play tennis again: Bouchard

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 19:01 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 27 (ANI): 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has termed Maria Sharapova as a 'cheater' and said that the Russian tennis star should be kicked out of tennis for life.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Apr 27 (ANI): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has expressed surprise with Pakistan's decision to call off their tour of Bangladesh in July and August.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Senior BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla on Thursday asserted that it would not be right for India to pull out of the upcoming Champions Trophy in its act of defiance over the ICC's revised financial model, saying such a move could see them isolated in world cricket.

Full Story >>

Melbourne [Australia], Apr 27 (ANI): Former wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has backed the national selectors' decision to axe James Faulkner from the Australian squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, saying that the all-rounder has not been performing well from over the last one year.

Full Story >>

Pakistan call off Bangladesh tour scheduled for July

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 15:04 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 27 (ANI): Pakistan have cancelled their scheduled tour to Bangladesh later this year with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan stating that the decision was taken after mutual consent of both the cricket boards.

Full Story >>

Sports fraternity pays homage to legend Vinod Khanna

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 14:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): The sports fraternity has come in unison to offer their condolences over the demise of veteran actor-politician Vinod Khanna, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 70.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel has taken serious note of the incidence of doping in the country and has directed National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), National Sports Federations and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to adopt a policy of 'zero tolerance' towards doping.

Full Story >>

IPL 10: Samuels replaces injured de Kock in Daredevils squad

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 13:17 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been roped in by Delhi Daredevils as a replacement for injured South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for the remainder of the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Full Story >>

BCCI didn't consult me before going to ICC meet: Vinod Rai

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:40 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Vinod Rai, the head of the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Thursday revealed that the office bearers of the national cricket board didn't consult him before going for the recent International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Apr 27 (ANI): Under ICC's revised financial model, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will receive USD 293 million from the International Cricket Council global revenues for the 2015-23 rights cycle.

Full Story >>

London [U.K], Apr 27 (ANI): Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova marked her competitive return from a 15-month doping suspension with a straight-sets victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci in the opening round of the Stuttgart Open last evening.

Full Story >>

Huth's own goal hands Arsenal 1-0 PL win over Leicester

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 10:03 IST     

London [U.K.], Apr 27 (ANI): Robert Huth struck a goal in his own net as Arsenal secured crucial three points in the race for the Premier League's top-four finish with a 1-0 win over title holders Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir struck blistering half centuries as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets in a crucial encounter in the ongoing IPL season 10 at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 26 (ANI): Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who has been roped in by Gujarat Lions as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo for the remainder of this season of IPL, has asserted that it's a start of a fresh opportunity for him.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra)[India], Apr 26 (ANI): Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday gave a stern reply to Jet Airways pilot who allegedly racially abused and assaulted two passengers on the flight, saying, "We are not bloody Indians but are proud Indians."

Full Story >>

PCB to sue BCCI for dishonouring MoU on bilateral series

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 22:42 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) executive committee chairman Najam Sethi informed on Wednesday that they have decided to sue the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.

Full Story >>