Cricket | Root Test cricket's No 1 batsman

Town – England batsman Joe Root has regained the No 1 batting ranking, while
Pakistan’s wrist spinner Yasir Shah has become the second highest-ranked bowler
in the world in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings released on Tuesday.


scored 88 and 71 against Pakistan in Dubai, which has helped him reclaim the
top spot from Australia captain Steven Smith.

who entered the Test trailing Smith by 13 points, now leads the Australian by
just three points. This means the Yorkshire batsman will have to perform
strongly in the third Test, starting in Sharjah from Sunday, to retain the
position he first achieved following the Trent Bridge Test against Australia in

Khan, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq have also reaped the
rewards of good performances in the Dubai Test, which went down to the wire.

has returned to the top five in fifth position following knocks of 56 and 118,
Misbah has moved up five places to 11th following his scores of 102 and 87, and
Asad Shafiq has achieved a career-high ranking of 12th after he scored 83 and

this performance, Asad has earned 43 points, which, in turn, has put him ahead
of Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendon McCullum and Faf
du Plessis.

Dubai Test was also a memorable one for Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who
has achieved the No 2-ranking for the first time in his career.

picked up eight for 180 in Pakistan’s 178 runs victory, which has earned him 25
points. This has, in turn, enabled him to leapfrog the pace trio of England’s
James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and New Zealand’s Trent Boult.

that Yasir is still in the qualification period for bowlers, it is likely that
he will be able to further reduce the 78-point gap with world No 1 Dale Steyn
if he puts up another solid show in the Sharjah Test.

many as six other bowlers have also achieved career-best rankings.

Lanka’s Dhammika Prasad has moved up four places to a career-high 15th position
following match figures of five for 72 against West Indies.

Riaz of Pakistan has rocketed nine places to a career-high 35th position after
match figures of five for 144, Imran Khan’s four wickets in the match have put him
in 47th position after gaining seven places, while England’s Mark Wood has shot
13 places to 48th spot after match figures of five for 83.

Indies captain Jason Holder has moved up three places to a career-best 49th
after taking two wickets in the match and player of the Colombo Test, Milinda
Siriwardana, has jumped 44 places to a career-best 71st spot following figures
of two for 26 and three for 25.

bowlers inside the top 50 who have made upward movements include Jerome Taylor
in 21st (up by three places), Dilruwan Perera in 26th (up by two places), Moeen
Ali in 29th (up by two places) and Zulfiqar Babar in 30th (up by four places).

the ICC Test Team Rankings, there is no change to Sri Lanka and West Indies’
rankings as they continue to hold seventh and eighth positions, respectively.

Pakistan have given themselves an excellent opportunity to claim second
position. To make this happen, they will have to win the Sharjah Test.

this scenario, Pakistan will join Australia on 106 points but will be ranked
above the Baggy Greens when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal

England draw level, then both the sides will retain their pre-series rankings
and points. In the case of a draw, England will drop to fifth to push both Pakistan
and India one place up.

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