LAHORE - Azhar Ali and Devendra Bishoo have achieved career-high rankings in the latest ICC Test player rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning following Pakistan’s 56-run victory in the day-night Test in Dubai.

According to press release issued by the ICC, Azhar, who won the player of the match award for his 302 not out, has climbed five places to a career-high 12th position, while Bishoo’s match figures of 10-174 have helped him gain 11 places to claim 30th position.

Azhar is the fourth Pakistan batsman after Hanif Mohammad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younus Khan to score a Test triple century. For this achievement, the opener, who played as a wrist spinner in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002 in New Zealand, has earned 62 points, which, in turn, has also allowed him to move ahead of team-mate Asad Shafiq (16th, down by three places).

Azhar now has his captain Misbah-ul-Haq firmly within his sights, whom he trails by just one point, while Younus Khan remains his side’s highest-ranked batsman in fifth place (slipped one place after dropping one per cent of his points for missing the Dubai Test).

In contrast, by rising 11 places to 30th, Bishoo has opened up a significant lead over teammate Shannon Gabriel (48th), who is the second highest-ranked West Indies bowler in the series, and captain Jason Holder (61st). The 30-year-old looks strong to gain further points and edge closer to the top 20 as he is still in the qualification period. A bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has taken 100 wickets, while Bishoo has so far claimed 69 wickets in 19 Tests.

Stylish West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is the other player to make a big impact in the latest rankings. The 27-year-old left-hander, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Malaysia, scored 87 and 116 in the Test, in which the West Indies went down fighting. Consequently, Bravo has returned to the top 20 where he has joined Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed in 20th position after rising eight places.

Last time Bravo enjoyed a place inside the top 20 was in June 2014, when he figured in 19th position. His career-high ranking remains 15th, which he had achieved against New Zealand in Dunedin in December 2013. Bravo and Sarfaraz now have an opportunity to improve their rankings as they trail New Zealand’s 19th-ranked Ross Taylor by 13 points.

Marlon Samuels, who scored 76 and four, is the other batsman to head in the right direction. He has moved up five places to 40th, while Pakistan opener Sami Aslam has jumped 19 places to share 58th position with Martin Guptill of New Zealand. Jason Holder is just five points and one place behind the duo of Sami and Guptill.

Steve Smith is the number-one ranked Test batsman and he leads England’s second-ranked Joe Root by 28 points. Hashim Amla of South Africa is third. Apart from Bishoo, Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz is the other bowler to achieve a career-high ranking to date. The left-arm fast bowler picked up two for 65 and one for 47, and, as such, has moved up three places to 26th.

M Aamir’s three wickets in the second innings have helped him gain four places and 60th position in the latest rankings. Yasir Shah of Pakistan, who completed 100 wickets in his 17th Test while taking seven wickets in the match, has retained his sixth position but has gained three points for his achievement. The bowling table is headed by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, with Dale Steyn of South Africa second and England’s James Anderson third.

Meanwhile, the two-Test series between Bangladesh and England starts in Chittagong on Thursday. Fourth-ranked England (108 points) leads ninth-ranked Bangladesh (57 points) by 51 points. And because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, England’s failure to win the series convincingly will result in it dropping points. If England wins the series 1-0, there will be no change to its pre-series position, but it will move ahead of Australia in third place on 109 points if it wins both the Tests. In contrast, Bangladesh will jump to 72 points in case of a 1-0 win, while a 2-0 will put it on 75 points. A 1-0 defeat will mean England will slip to 103 points and 102 points in case of a 2-0 defeat. The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I team rankings, are only updated at the end of the series. The ICC Test predictor function is available here.



1 India 115

2 Pakistan 111

3 Australia 108

4 England 108

5 South Africa 96

6 Sri Lanka 95

7 New Zealand 91

8 West Indies 67

9 Bangladesh 57

10 Zimbabwe 8



1 Steve Smith Aus 906

2 Joe Root Eng 878

3 Hashim Amla SA 847

4 Kane Williamson NZ 841

5 Younus Khan Pak 837

6 Ajinkya Rahane Ind 825

7 Adam Voges Aus 802*

8 AB de Villiers SA 802

9 David Warner Aus 772

10 Alastair Cook Eng 770


11 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 755

12 Azhar Ali Pak 754

16 Asad Shafiq Pak 719

20 Sarfraz Ahmed Pak 662



1 R Ashwin Ind 900

2 Dale Steyn SA 878

3 James Anderson Eng 870

4 Stuart Broad Eng 836

5 Rangana Herath SL 831

6 Yasir Shah Pak 809

7 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 805*

8 Mitchell Starc Aus 792

9 Neil Wagner NZ 731*

10 Vernon Philander SA 723


26 Wahab Riaz Pak 509*

30 Devendra Bishoo WI 482*

31 Moeen Ali Eng 474*

45 Sohail Khan Pak 356*