Seasoned Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez and veteran England paceman James Anderson are the biggest achievers in the latest ICC Test player rankings released on Friday. Hafeez has reason to be cheerful as his contributions of 27 and 151 in the just-ended Sharjah Test helped him vault four places to a career-best 24th position. Hafeez had started the England series in 33rd position and has gained nine places after earning 79 points during the course of the three-match rubber in the UAE.
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Anderson returned figures of 4-17 and 2-52 for which he has earned 22 points, which, in turn, has put the right-armer alongside player of the series, Yasir Shah, in second place. Yasir, the wrist-spinner, earned 19 points after taking seven wickets in the Sharjah Test. The two bowlers are now equal on 846 rating points behind South Africa’s top-ranked Dale Steyn (905).
Hafeez bags career best Test ranking after Sharjah heroics
Pakistan fast bowler Rahat Ali has also gained five places and is now on a career-high 36th position after contributing three wickets in Pakistan’s 127-run win in Sharjah. In the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, Australia captain Steve Smith has regained the number-one ranking and A.B. de Villiers of South Africa has moved into second position as Joe Root has dropped two places to third after conceding 27 points.
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Apart from Root, Pakistan’s record-breaking batsman Younis Khan has slipped one place to sixth, his compatriot Asad Shafiq has dropped one place to 12th, another compatriot Azhar Ali lost three places to 20th and England’s veteran Ian Bell has fallen one place to 31st.