ICC Test rankings: Pakistan move down after South Africa thrashing

Proteas go second after emphatic 3-0 win against Green Caps

ICC Test rankings: Pakistan move down after South Africa thrashing PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan cricket team have lost one spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings after suffering a demoralising 3-0 whitewash against South Africa.

The Men in Green slipped behind Sri Lanka to seventh place with 88 points, whereas Proteas go as high as second in the rankings.

Right-handed batsman Babar Azam has moved up five places to a career-best 20th position whereas veteran middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq gained one spot and is now on the 23rd place in the rankings.

Openers Imamul Haq gained 23 places and is now placed on 73 position, whereas Shan Masood gained two positions and reached his career-best ranking of 63.

Among bowlers, left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has gained three slots to reach 31st position while other Faheem Ashraf has lifted 48 slots to a career-best 58th position after finishing with six wickets in the match.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has also reached a career-best place after gaining 23 places to reach 78th in the list.

For South Africa, fast-bowler Duanne Olivier has reached a career-best 24th position in the ICC Test Player Rankings after another stellar performance in the final Test in Johannesburg.

The right-armer’s match haul of eight for 125 has lifted him eight slots in the list led by his compatriot Kagiso Rabada while Olivier’s 24 wickets in the series not only got him the player of the series award but also see him gain 29 slots in the rankings after starting the series in 53rd place.