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Younis vaults into second place in latest ICC Test rankings

Updated: Oct 26, 2016 16:32 IST

Dubai [UAE], Oct.26 (ANI): Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has moved up three places to second position in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his side's 133-run victory over the West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday that has helped them take a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Younus, who had missed the day-night opening Test in Dubai due to an illness, has leapfrogged New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, England batsman Joe Root and South Africa's Hashim Amla with innings of 127 and 29 not out.

The 38-year-old, who claimed number one ranking in March 2009 following his triple century in Lahore against Sri Lanka, hasn't been ranked as high as second since July 2009. Younus now leads Root by eight points but trails Australia's number-one ranked Steve Smith by 46 points.

Younus has been joined inside the top 10 by captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has gained one place to take 10th position after scoring 96 in his only innings of the match, while Asad Shafiq is the other Pakistan batsman to rise in the rankings (14th, up by two places) following his two half-centuries.

For the West Indies, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo has slipped out of the top 20 but Kraigg Brathwaite has moved up three places to 32nd rank following scores of 21 and 67, while Jermaine Blackwood has gained 11 places to 41st rank following contributions of eight and 95.

England's engrossing 22-run win over Bangladesh in the opening Test in Chittagong that ended on Monday, has seen wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow move up two slots to a career-best 11th place with scores of 52 and 47. Moeen Ali has also reached a career-high 26th rank as his scores of 68 and 14 have helped him move up two slots.

England's Ben Stokes won the player of the match award for his performance in the Chittagong Test and this is reflected in the latest rankings.

Stokes, who along with Root and Jos Buttler played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 in New Zealand, has not only gained eight positions to reach 36th in the batting rankings with scores of 18 and 85, but has also moved up four slots to 23rd rank among bowlers after grabbing six wickets in the match.

The Yorkshireman has also reached a career-best fourth rank in the all-rounders' list after gaining three places and is now just 11 points behind Ali, who is England's highest-ranked all-rounder in third place.

For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has moved up two slots to reach 24th position with scores of 78 and nine, while debutant Sabbir Rahman has entered the top 100 in 92nd position with innings of 19 and 64 not out.

In the Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, which is led by India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah's match haul of 10 for 210 in Abu Dhabi has seen him return to the top five.

Yasir, who peaked to the top during the series against England, has joined England's Stuart Broad in fifth place, who has dropped one place after claiming just two Bangladesh wickets in Chittagong.

In the latest rankings, Pakistan's Rahat Ali and West Indies' Shanon Gabriel have achieved career-high rankings, while Bangladesh's Mehedi Hasan has entered in 61st position after figures of six for 80 and one for 58 on his debut which has come eight months after he helped Bangladesh finish third in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016.

Rahat took four wickets in Abu Dhabi which has help him rise four places to 31st, while Gabriel's five for 96 and one for 36 have given him a lift of 10 places and he is now in 38th position.

Other bowlers to head in the right direction include, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan in 15th (up by two places), England's Ali in 27th (up by four places), Taijul Islam of Bangladesh in 36th (up by six places) and West Indies captain Jason Holder in 59th (up by two places).

The player rankings will now be updated following the Sharjah Test between Pakistan and the West Indies, which is scheduled to conclude on November 3.(ANI)

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