Faheem, Shadab and Haris move up in ICC Test rankings

World cricket governing body has released latest update after Headingley Test

Faheem, Shadab and Haris move up in ICC Test rankings PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan cricketers Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail and Shadab Khan have improved their Test rankings after their performances against England at Headingly.  

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has moved up three places to 93rd among bowlers and 22 places to 108th among batsmen while all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has moved up 18 places to 98th. Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail (up two places to 77th) was the other gainer in the latest rankings.

Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir have retained their 20th and 32nd places respectively.

If player of the series Abbas and left-arm bowler Amir had made significant progress while helping Pakistan win the opening Test at Lord’s, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes have moved up the rankings after the second Test.

Broad’s figures of three for 38 and three for 28 have helped him gain two spots and move to 12th place, the position on which he had started the series while Woakes has gained one spot to reach 34th place after taking four wickets in the match. James Anderson’s five wickets have helped him gain three points to reach within five points of top-ranked Kagiso Rabada (897 points).

Among their batsmen, Jos Buttler is the biggest gainer, as his player of the match effort of 80 not out has lifted him 19 places to 63rd position. Opener Alastair Cook (up one place to 13th), Dawid Malan (up one place to 60th) and Dominic Bess (up 23 places to 92) are the others to gain.

Pakistan could have swapped places with fifth-ranked England had they managed to win the second Test but the result means there are no change of places on the ICC Test Team Rankings with England losing one point and Pakistan gaining one.

In a series starting on Wednesday, the Windies play three Tests against Sri Lanka at home, with a chance to improve their position in the team rankings. A 2-0 or verdict could help ninth-placed Windies overtake Bangladesh while pulling Sri Lanka down from sixth to seventh position.