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Buttler attains career-best rating points, Azhar Ali makes notable gain in update carried out after England-Pakistan Test series

England batsman Zak Crawley’s massive 267 and fast bowler James Anderson’s match haul of seven wickets see the duo shoot up in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after the drawn final Test against Pakistan in Southampton.

Crawley has ascended 53 spots to reach a career-best 28th position after recording the 10th highest individual score for England and their second highest maiden Test century. He had started the series in 95th position but his 320-run aggregate has made him the fourth best ranked England batsman after only eight Tests, behind Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

Anderson has moved back to the top-10 after briefly dropping out of it since the preceding home series against the West Indies. The formerly top-ranked bowler has gained six spots to reach eighth position after a Test that saw him grab his 29th five-wicket haul in the first innings and become the first fast bowler to 600 wickets with Azhar Ali’s scalp in the second innings.

Buttler is another England player to make notable progress in the latest rankings update after scoring a fine 152 in his side’s only innings of the Test. He has reached a career-best 637 rating points and 21st position, three off his best of 18th achieved in November 2018.

All-rounder Ben Stokes has ceded the top spot for all-rounders to Jason Holder after missing two Test matches, dropping one point behind the West Indies captain. For each Test missed, players lose one per cent each of their batting and bowling points with a cumulative effect of about two per cent on a player’s all-round rating.

For Pakistan, captain Azhar’s return to form with a solid 141 in the first innings has seen him gain 11 places and reach 23rd position, while wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has gained three slots to reach 72nd position after a fighting half-century in the first innings.

Part-time spinners Fawad Alam and Asad Shafiq are in the top 100 for bowlers. Fawad has gained 22 slots to reach 94th position while Asad has moved up nine places to 100th place.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 26 August, after the England-Pakistan series)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Steve SmithAus91162.84947 v SA at Durban 2018
2( – )Virat KohliIndia88653.62937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3( – )M LabuschagneAus827*!63.43827 v NZ at Sydney 2020
4( – )K WilliamsonNZ81250.99915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
5( – )Babar AzamPak79745.44800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
6( – )David WarnerAus79348.94880 v NZ at Perth 2015
7(+1)C PujaraIndia76648.66888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
8(-1)Ben StokesEng76037.84827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
9( – )Joe RootEng73847.99917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
10( – )A RahaneIndia72642.88825 v NZ at Indore 2016


Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
21(+9)Jos ButtlerEng637!33.90637 v Pak at Southampton 2020
23(+11)Azhar AliPak62742.86787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
28(+53)Zak CrawleyEng605*!48.41605 v Pak at Southampton 2020
72(+3)M RizwanPak444*!35.09444 v Eng at Southampton 2020


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Pat CumminsAus90421.82914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2( – )Stuart BroadEng84527.65880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
3( – )Neil WagnerNZ84326.60859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
4( – )Tim SoutheeNZ812!29.00812 v India at Christchurch 2020
5( – )Jason HolderWI81026.69862 v Eng at Southampton 2020
6( – )Kagiso RabadaSA80222.95902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7( – )Mitchell StarcAus79726.97807 v NZ at Perth 2019
8(+6)J AndersonEng78126.79903 v India at Lord’s 2018
9( – )Jasprit BumrahIndia779*20.33834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
10( – )Trent BoultNZ77027.65825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015


Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
94(+22)Fawad AlamPak73*!23.0073 v Eng at Southampton 2020
100=(+9)Asad ShafiqPak30*!65.3330 v Eng at Southampton 2020


All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1(+1)Jason HolderWI447485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
2(-1)Ben StokesEng446497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
3( – )R JadejaIndia397438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4( – )Mitchell StarcAus298346 v India at Pune 2017
5( – )R AshwinIndia281492 v Eng at Mohali 2016


*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating

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