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Misbah, Taufeeq, Bishoo, Bravo climb rankings

Posted by on May 26, 2011 0 Comment

Pakistan have retained sixth position on the ICC Test championship table after recording a convincing 196-run victory over the West Indies in the second Test at St Kitts to draw the two-Test series.

Pakistan was in danger of swapping places with seventh-ranked West Indies after the home side had won the first Test by 40 runs in Guyana. However, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and opener Taufeeq Umar scored centuries in the second innings and spinners Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman and Mohammad Hafeez shared 15 wickets between them to ensure their side didn’t equal their lowest ranking since 2003.

The drawn series means Pakistan conceded just one ratings point and are now on 90, with fifth-ranked Australia 17 ratings points ahead and West Indies four ratings points behind.

Meanwhile, Misbah’s third Test century has provided him a jump of eight places, which has earned him a career-best ranking of 22nd. He is now the second highest-ranked Pakistan batsman after Younis Khan, who is in 17th position despite missing the series.

Taufeeq’s fifth Test century has given him a boost of 20 places and he now sits in 53rd position. Umar Akmal is the other Pakistan batsman to head in the right direction as he is now in 35th position after rising two places following his innings of 56 and 30.

For the West Indies, Darren Bravo and captain Darren Sammy have made significant improvements in their rankings. Bravo, who scored 24 and 50 at Warner Park, has moved up nine places to 60th position, while Sammy’s contributions of 16 and 41 have put him in 97th position.

The batting table is still headed by Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis, with Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in third position.

In the rankings for Test bowlers, Man of the Series Saeed Ajmal has achieved a career-best ranking of 27th. Saeed, who had figures of three for 56 and three for 79 across the second Test, has moved up four places and is now Pakistan’s second highest-ranked bowler after Umar Gul, who missed the second Test.

Rehman, who had match figures of six for 120 at St Kitts, has improved his ranking by nine places and he is now in 31st spot. Hafeez has also moved in the right direction and is now in 56th spot.

The biggest mover in the latest bowling chart is West Indies’ leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who climbed 21 places to occupy 60st spot after match figures of five for 229. Bishoo has played just two Tests, in which he has taken nine wickets. As such, he is still in the qualification period as a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn sits on top of the bowling table, with Englishmen Graeme Swann and James Anderson in second and third positions respectively. Cricket365

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