LAHORE - Wrist spinner Yasir Shah has become the number-one ranked Test bowler in the world after he bowled Pakistan to a 75-run victory over England in the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

According to an ICC press release issued Monday, Yasir is the first Pakistan bowler to top the rankings since Mushtaq Ahmed achieved the distinction in December 1996. Shane Warne was the last wrist spinner to surge to the number-one position in December 2005.

Yasir, who returned figures of six for 72 and four for 69, has leapfrogged India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and England’s fast bowling pair of James Anderson (who missed the Test due to an injury) and Stuart Broad into the top spot after his performance earned him 32 points.

Yasir won the player of the match award in his first Test outside Asia and now leads Ashwin by seven points and Anderson by 10 points. The 30-year-old looks strong to gain further points and create more daylight between him and the rest of the pack as he is still in the qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Yasir has so far claimed 86 wickets in 13 Tests.

England’s Chris Woakes has also made an impressive gain in the latest  ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. Woakes recorded match figures of 11 for 102 for which he has earned a jump of 28 places that has put him in a career-high 36th position.

Pakistan’s Rahat Ali, who took four wickets in the match, has also achieved a career-high ranking of 32nd after jumping three places, while M Aamir has returned to the rankings just inside the top 100 in 93rd position.

There was more good news for Pakistan when its middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq also achieved a career-high ranking. Asad scored 73 and 49 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of two places that has put him in 11th spot. Asad now has a top 10 place firmly within his sights as he trails 10th ranked Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews by seven points.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored his 10th Test century while scoring 114 in the first innings, has moved up one place to ninth, and wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has gained two places and is now in 17th position.

For England, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Balance have improved their rankings. Bairstow is now on a career-high 16th position after moving up two places, while Balance is in 40th position having risen two places. The second Test begins at Old Trafford on Friday, 22 July.

ICC Test bowlers Rankings

Rank      Player   Team     Pts

1              Yasir Shah            Pak         878

2              R Ashwin             Ind         871

3              James Anderson              Eng         868

4              Stuart Broad       Eng         859

5              Dale Steyn          SA           841

6              Ravindra Jadeja                Ind         789

7              Trent Boult         NZ          757

8              Josh Hazlewood               Aus        741

9              Morne Morkel  SA           724

10           Vernon Philander            SA           717


22           Steven Finn        Eng         552

28           Moeen Ali           Eng         472

32           Rahat Ali              Pak         456

36           Chris Woakes     Eng         427

42           Wahab Riaz         Pak         398

93           M Aamir               Pak         63

101         Jake Ball               Eng         11

ICC Test batsmen Rankings

Rank      Player   Team     Pts

1              Steve Smith        Aus        925

2              Kane Williamson               NZ          868

3              Hashim Amla      SA           860

4              Joe Root              Eng         820

5              AB de Villiers      SA           818

6              Younus Khan      Pak         811

=             Adam Voges      Aus        811

8              David Warner    Aus        800

9              Misbah-ul-Haq  Pak         786

10           Angelo Mathews             SL            765


11           Asad Shafiq        Pak         758

13           Alastair Cook      Eng         738

16           Jonny Bairstow Eng         704

17           Sarfraz Ahmed  Pak         701

21           Azhar Ali              Pa           653

24           M Hafeez            Pak         629

40           Gary Balance      Eng         519