22 C

Babar Azam improves Test ranking after Sri Lanka series triumph



Pakistan’s Babar Azam plays a shot during the third day of the second and final cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on July 26, 2023. — AFP

Babar Azam, a stylish batter leading Pakistan’s cricket team, has improved his Test ranking, the latest ICC Men’s Test Rankings showed Wednesday, as his side defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 in the long format.

The Pakistani skipper has jumped two spots to the fourth position. Above him are Australia’s Steve Smith, England’s Joe Root, and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.

Babar Azam improves Test ranking after Sri Lanka series triumph

Babar, who managed to score just 76 runs in the recently concluded Test series against Sri Lanka, benefitted from the demotion of Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head.

Labuschagne (328) and Head (362) lost their rating despite finishing seventh and eighth highest-scorer in the Ashes Test series.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, who bagged six wickets in two Tests against Sri Lanka, has jumped three positions to sixth.

Pakistan’s Saud Shakeel and Abdullah Shafique are currently ranked 15th and 21st respectively. Both the batters scored their maiden double-hundred against Sri Lanka in their backyard.

After the Ashes series retention, Australia’s Steve Steve Smith jumped from fifth to third position. England’s Joe Root (412), the third-highest run-scorer in the Ashes Tests, grabbed second position.

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, who last played a Test back in March this year, retained the top position with a ranking of 883. Williamson got injured during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and his participation in the upcoming World Cup is also unlikely.

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin leads the bowlers’ chart with a rating of 879. His compatriot Ravindra Jadeja climbed up to third position.

England’s veteran pacer Stuart Broad grabbed fourth position which would be his last ranking as the latter took retirement from Test cricket. 

Source link

Subscribe to our magazine

━ more like this

World Cup 2023: Which record can Shaheen Afridi break during mega event?

Pakistan's ace fast bowler Shaheen Afridi could break another record during the ICC Men's World Cup 2023, slated to kick start on October...

Tammy Beaumont, Harry Brook named PCA Players of the Year

Beaumont, winner of the women's award in 2016, collected the accolade for a second time after a stellar summer in which she broke...

Hitler’s birth house will become a police station to keep neo-Nazis away

Comment on this storyCommentAustria has started work to turn the yellow-brick house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station, in a...

Overheard on NBA media day: New-look Bucks, LeBron’s understudy and … a green alien?

The 2023-24 NBA season is just weeks away, and as the players and coaches prepare for training camp, our NBA insiders are breaking...

Liverpool predicted lineup vs Union Saint-Gilloise – Europa League

Jurgen Klopp will not be wanting his Liverpool players to dismiss or forget the injustice that occurred at Tottenham on Saturday, but to...