LAHORE - Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has moved up three places to Number 2 in the latest ICC Test Bowling Rankings which were released following the completion of the Tests at Colombo and Dubai. This is the highest career ranking for Shah as he jumped above James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Trent Boult.

England’s batsman Joe Root has regained the number-one batting ranking.

Shah picked up eight wickets for 180 runs in the second Test between Pakistan and England in Dubai. Pakistan won the Test by 178 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Shah is in the qualification phase, with respect to bowling rankings, as he has only 69 wickets. A bowler qualifies for full rating once he picks up 100 Test wickets.

Dale Steyn maintained his spot as the top-ranked bowler with a 78-point advantage over Shah. However, Shah can close the gap if he comes up with another top quality performance in the third Test at Sharjah. Six other bowlers were able to achieve career-high Test rankings as a result of putting in good performances in recent Test matches.

Sri Lankan fast bowler Dhammika Prasad moved up to 15th position, leaping four places after picking up five wickets in the second Test at the P Sara Oval, Colombo. Sri Lankan spinner Dilruwan Perera and all-rounder Milinda Siriwardana reached the 26th and 71st spots respectively. Siriwardana moved up 44 places after picking up five wickets against West Indies. West Indies captain Jason Holder reached a career-high 49th position while fellow West Indian Jerome Taylor's four match wickets helped him to reach 21st position.

After leading Pakistan to a huge victory in the second Test against England, bowling spearhead Wahab Riaz leapt up nine places to reach the 35th spot in the rankings. Fellow bowlers Imran Khan and Zulfiqar Babar reached ranking positions of 47 and 30, respectively.

For England, Mark Wood climbed 13 places to reach 48th position after picking up five wickets. Off-spinner Moeen Ali also moved up to reach 29th position. Only one Indian bowler features in the Test top ten as Ravichandran Ashwin kept his 8th spot. Ashwin will be hoping to gain a good number of points in the upcoming four-match Test series against South Africa.

Top-ranked bowler Steyn will also be looking to put a good show to cement his place at the top of the ladder.

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

Younus 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.

Younus has returned to the top five in fifth position while Misbah has moved up five places to 11th and Asad Shafiq has achieved a career-high ranking of 12th. For 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.

In 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.

However, Pakistan have given them an excellent opportunity to claim second position. However, to make this happen, they will have to win the Sharjah Test. In this scenario, Pakistan will join Australia on 106 points but will be ranked above Australia when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

If England draws 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.

ICC Test Team Rankings

Rank Team Points

1 South Africa 125

2 Australia 106

3 England 102

4 Pakistan 101

5 India 100

6 New Zealand 99

7 Sri Lanka 93

8 West Indies 76

9 Bangladesh 47

10 Zimbabwe 5

ICC TEST batsmen RANKINGS

Rank Player Team Points

1 Joe Root Eng 913

2 Steven Smith Aus 910

3 AB de Villiers SA 890

4 Hashim Amla SA 881

5 Younus Khan Pak 854

6 Angelo Mathews SL 851

7 Kane Williamson NZ 813

8 Alastair Cook Eng 783

9 David Warner Aus 775

10 Chris Rogers Aus 761

Selected rankings

11 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 757

12 Asad Shafiq Pak 746

19 Sarfraz Ahmed Pak 689

29 M Hafeez Pak 587

ICC TEST BOWLERS RANKINGS

Rank Player Team Points

1 Dale Steyn SA 905

2 Yasir Shah Pak 827

3 James Anderson Eng 824

4 Stuart Broad Eng 817

5 Trent Boult NZ 814

6 M Johnson Aus 773

7 V Philander SA 770

8 R Ashwin Ind 760

9 Rangana Herath SL 751

10 Tim Southee NZ 713

Selected rankings

29 Moeen Ali Eng 469

30 Zulfiqar Babar Pak 466

35 Wahab Riaz Pak 431

47 Imran Khan Pak 372