Neil Wagner has attained a career-best fifth position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after grabbing nine wickets in the Wellington Test and contributing in his team’s win over Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs.
The 32-year-old left-arm fast bowler has not only gained six slots but also crossed the 800-point mark, becoming only the third bowler from his country to do so. He is now on 801 points, with only Trent Boult (825) and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Richard Hadlee (909) having done better in terms of rating points. His teammate Tim Southee is another one to get close to the mark, having reached 799 points in June 2014.
Wagner is now the top ranked bowler from his side but Boult too has gained one slot to reach seventh position after taking seven wickets in the victory in Wellington, which wrapped a winning 2-0 lead in the three-Test series and ensured they stay second in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after the series.
Ross Taylor has moved up 11 places to 13th position in the list for batsmen after his score of 200 while Henry Nicholls’s knock of 107 has lifted him two places to fifth position with a career-best tally of 778 rating points. Captain Kane Williamson remains their highest ranked batsman, at second position in the list led by India captain Virat Kohli.
For Bangladesh, Mahmudullah has reached a career-best 34th position, moving up six slots after scores of 13 and 67. Shadman Islam (up from 102nd to 98th) and Mohammad Mithun (up from 140th to 115th) have also moved up in the list for batsmen while fast bowler Abu Jayed has advanced 18 places to 77th position after taking three wickets in the match.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan host Ireland for a one-off Test in the northern Indian city of Dehradun from Friday, which will be the second Test for both teams. It will give the likes of captain William Porterfield (72nd among batsmen) and Tim Murtagh (67th among bowlers) of Ireland, and Afghanistan’s captain Asgar Afghan (130th among batsmen) and leg-spinner Rashid Khan (117th among bowlers) a chance to move up the rankings.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 13 March 2019, after the Wellington Test)
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||( - )||Virat Kohli||India||922||53.76||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|2||( - )||K Williamson||NZ||913||53.38||915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019|
|3||( - )||C Pujara||India||881||51.18||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|4||( - )||Steve Smith||Aus||857||61.37||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|5||(+2)||Henry Nicholls||NZ||778*!||45.75||778 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|6||(-1)||Joe Root||Eng||763||49.51||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|7||(-1)||David Warner||Aus||756||48.2||880 v NZ at Perth 2015|
|8||( - )||Aiden Markram||SA||719*||43.8||759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|9||( - )||Q de Kock||SA||718||39.31||802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017|
|10||( - )||Faf du Plessis||SA||702||42.95||734 v India at Centurion 2018|
Other selected rankings
|13=||(+11)||Ross Taylor||NZ||676||46.71||871 v WI at Hamilton 2013|
|34||(+6)||Mahmudullah||Ban||574!||33.18||574 v NZ at Wellington 2019|
|98||(+4)||Shadman Islam||Ban||341*||38.6||396 v WI at Dhaka 2018|
|115||(+25)||M Mithun||Ban||236*!||21.22||236 v NZ at Wellington 2019|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( - )||Pat Cummins||Aus||878*!||22.02||878 v SL at Canberra 2019|
|2||( - )||J Anderson||Eng||862||26.93||903 v India at Lord's 2018|
|3||( - )||K Rabada||SA||851||21.77||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|4||( - )||V Philander||SA||813||21.64||912 v India at Johannesburg 2013|
|5||(+6)||Neil Wagner||NZ||801!||27.51||801 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|6||(-1)||R Jadeja||India||794||23.68||899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017|
|7||(+1)||Trent Boult||NZ||787||27.54||825 v Eng at Lord's 2015|
|8=||(-2)||Jason Holder||WI||770*||27.69||778 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|8=||(-2)||M Abbas||Pak||770*||18.86||838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018|
|10||( - )||R Ashwin||India||763||25.43||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
Other selected rankings
|77||(+18)||Abu Jayed||Ban||180*||39.36||207 v WI at Jamaica 2018|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( - )||Jason Holder||WI||439/*||448 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|2||( - )||S Al Hasan||Ban||399||489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|3||( - )||R Jadeja||India||387||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|4||( - )||Ben Stokes||Eng||357||395 v WI at Lord's 2017|
|5||( - )||V Philander||SA||326||377 v SL at Galle 2018|
*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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