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ICC Media Release

Important ranking points up for grabs in the Ashes

Online Desk
Published Date: 22 Nov 2017 | Update : 22 Nov 2017

Australia will overtake England if they win by a margin of 2-0 or better while England will go up to 110 points with a 5-0 win, in which case Australia will slip to 91 points.

  • Australia can overtake England by winning 2-0 or better in the five-Test series

  • Rival captains Smith and Root start series in top two positions for batsmen

  • Kohli edges past Warner; Kumar, Shami and Dickwella also move up

Important ranking points will be up for grabs in The Ashes as Australia and England battle it out in five Tests starting in Brisbane on Thursday.

Third-placed England go into the series with 105 points on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings table, enjoying an eight-point lead over Australia, who will look to maximize their home advantage and move up from fifth position.

Australia will overtake England if they win by a margin of 2-0 or better and could even go up to third position if they can complete a 5-0 series washout. If England are blanked out, they will slip down to 98 points.

On the other hand, England will go up to 110 points with a 5-0 win, in which case Australia will slip to 91 points and could be down to sixth position. India, who are currently engaged in a three-Test home series with Sri Lanka, lead the table with 125 points while South Africa are in second place with 111 points.

The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of the series and the Test predictor function is available here.

Series scenarios:

  • Australia win 5-0 – Australia 106 (+9), England 98 (-7)
  • Australia win 4-0 – Australia 104 (+7), England 99 (-6)
  • Australia win 4-1 or 3-0 – Australia 103 (+6), England 100 (-5)
  • Australia win 3-1 or 2-0 – Australia 102 (+5), England 101 (-4)
  • Australia win 3-2, 2-1 or 1-0 – England 102 (-3), Australia 101 (+4)
  • Drawn series – England 104 (-1), Australia 97 (no change)
  • England win 5-0 – England 110 (+5), Australia 91 (-6)
  • England win 4-0 – England 109 (+4), Australia 92 (-5)
  • England win 4-1 or 3-0 – England 108 (+3), Australia 93 (-4)
  • England win 3-2, 2-1 or 1-0 – England 106 (+1), Australia 96 (-1)
  • England win 3-1 or 2-0 (England 107 (+2), Australia 94 (-3)

In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings,  Australia captain Steve Smith leads the table for batsmen with his counterpart Joe Root in second position but a good 47 points behind.

Australia’s left-handed batsman David Warner is another player in the top 10, in sixth position. Outside the top 20, Peter Handscomb is at a career-best 26th position and would be looking to further advance in the rankings.

Australia also boast Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon in sixth and seventh positions, respectively, among bowlers, while Mitchell Starc is in 13th position and would be looking to find his way into the top 10.

For England, former captain Alastair Cook will be hoping to repeat his 2010-11 Ashes form, when he scored 766 runs. He is presently ranked 10th while Jonny Bairstow is ranked 15th.

England’s bowling is led by top-ranked James Anderson, who enjoys a 20-point lead over South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada. He is presently on 896 points and in with a chance to become only the seventh England bowler to touch the 900-point mark. Stuart Broad is ranked 10th.



Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli has edged Warner to take fifth position after completing his 50thinternational century in the first match of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, which ended in a draw on Tuesday. Kohli, who is top-ranked in both ODIs and T20Is, knocked up a fine 104 not out on the last day of the match.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan has gained two places to reach 28th position while among India’s bowlers, pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has gained eight places to reach a career-best 29th position and Mohammed Shami has moved up one slot to 18th position.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who started the Sri Lanka series with the opportunity to reclaim the top bowling and all-rounder rankings, could not work towards the objective in Kolkata as all Sri Lanka batsmen fell to pace bowlers. Jadeja has slipped to third position among bowlers and also lost 20 points in the rankings for all-rounders, but still has a lot to look forward to in the remaining matches.

For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella has gained three slots to reach 37th position among batsmen while off-spinner Dilruwan Perera has moved up three places to reach 22nd position among bowlers.

Series schedule:

23-27 November – 1st Test, Brisbane

2-6 December – 2nd Test, Adelaide

14-18 December – 3rd Test, Perth

26-30 December – 4th Test, Melbourne

4-8 January – 5th Test, Sydney

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 21 November 2017, before The Ashes)

Rank   Team              Points

1          India                 125

2          South Africa      111

3          England             105

4          New Zealand      97

5          Australia             97

6          Sri Lanka            94

7          Pakistan            88

8          Windies               75

9          Bangladesh       72

10         Zimbabwe         02

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 21 November, after the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata and before The Ashes):

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       Steve Smith      Aus      936      59.66   941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

   2       ( - )       Joe Root          Eng      889      53.76   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3       ( - )       K. Williamson    NZ        880      51.16   893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4       ( - )       C. Pujara           Ind        866      52.26   888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   5       (+1)      Virat Kohli         Ind        817      50.12   895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

   6       (-1)       David Warner    Aus      807      47.94   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   7       ( - )       Hashim Amla     SA        795      49.87   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   8       ( - )       Lokesh Rahul    Ind        757*     45.83   761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

   9       (+1)      Azhar Ali           Pak      755       46.62   787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  10       (+1)      Alastair Cook    Eng      738       46.33   874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  11       (+1)      Dean Elgar        SA        732       42.30   740 v NZ at Dunedin 2017

  12       (+1)      Q. de Kock       SA        724      44.40   802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

  13=     (+1)      Faf du Plessis   SA        718!     46.54   718 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

  14       (-4)       A. Rahane         Ind        718      46.11   825 v NZ at Indore 2016

  15       ( - )       J. Bairstow        Eng      710      39.77   772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  16       ( - )       Ross Taylor      NZ        705      47.10   871 v Win at Hamilton 2013

  17       ( - )       D. Karunaratne  SL        667      36.10   700 v Pak at Dubai 2017

  18       ( - )       Ben Stokes       Eng      664!     35.72   664 v Win at Lord's 2017

  19       ( - )       U. Khawaja        Aus      661       45.47   747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  20       (+1)      K. Brathwaite     Win       657       36.74   701 v Eng at Headingley 2017

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       J. Anderson      Eng      896!     27.39   896 v Win at Lord's 2017

   2       (+1)      Kagiso Rabada SA        876!     22.71   876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

   3       (-1)       R. Jadeja          Ind        868       23.65   899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   4       ( - )       R. Ashwin         Ind        840       25.30   904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   5       ( - )       R. Herath          SL        820       27.91   867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   6       ( - )       J. Hazlewood    Aus      794       25.75   863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

   7       ( - )       Nathan Lyon      Aus      752!     31.83   752 v Ban at Chittagong 2017

   8       ( - )       Dale Steyn        SA        748       22.30   909 v Win at Centurion 2014

   9       ( - )       Neil Wagner      NZ        745       28.90   767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

  10       ( - )       Stuart Broad     Eng      737       28.81   880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

  11       ( - )       V. Philander      SA        736       22.45   912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

  12       ( - )       Trent Boult        NZ        732       28.75   825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

  13       ( - )       Mitchell Starc    Aus      727       28.35   805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

  14       ( - )       Morne Morkel    SA        722       28.85   776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  15       ( - )       Yasir Shah        Pak      704       29.44   878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  16       ( - )       Tim Southee      NZ        687       31.55   799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

  17       ( - )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      668      32.35   705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  18       (+1)      M. Shami          Ind        647*!    30.31   647 v SL at Kolkata 2017

  19       (-1)       K. Maharaj        SA        638*     26.33   644 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2017

  20       ( - )       S. Gabriel         Win       610*     34.00   636 v Eng at Headingley 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      438      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2       ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind        409      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3       (+1)      Ben Stokes       Eng      396/*!   396 v Win at Lord's 2017

   4       (-1)       R. Ashwin         Ind        395      493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

   5       ( - )       Moeen Ali         Eng      378      409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

 


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