Babar Azam moves up to second place in Test ranking for batters

Babar Azam of Pakistan has moved up a place in the latest Test batting ranking to the second place behind Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne who continues to occupy the top slot.

The latest ranking came after the Karachi Test where Babar scored two fifties – 78 and 54 – as his rating points now stand at 875 with 936 for Labuschagne. Steve Smith is at third spot with 875 points

Meanwhile, Travis Head scored 92 in 96 balls in the first Australia innings in the Brisbane Test against West Indies – propelling him to into the top five for the first time in his career. He is currently joint-fourth with Joe Root, who scored a duck in his only innings in the Test in Karachi.

Rishabh Pant, Kane Williamson, Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma and Usman Khawaja are the remaining top 10 Test batters in the given order.

Although there is no change in those who occupy the top 10 list, there has been some changes down the line. For example, Harry Brook, named the Player of the Series in Pakistan, went up 11 positions to enter the top 50 for the first time at joint 44th place.

Similarly, Cheteshwar Pujara went up 19 places to No 19 and Shubman Gill ten places to joint 54th after the first Test against Bangladesh while Shreyas Iyer move up 11 places to No 26.

As far as the bowlers’ ranking is concerned as there is no new entrant in the top 10 list. Pat Cummins and James Anderson are still the top two cricketers with 880 and 835 points respectively.

However, Kagiso Rabada is third on ranking with 824 points after moving up four places following in his wickets in Brisbane against Australia.

On the other hand, the two Indians – Ravindra Jadeja (376) and Ravichandran Ashwin (336) – continue to be the top 2 all-rounders in Test cricket.

The only significant change is Shakib Al Hasan (329) moving up to the third spot, pushing Ben Stokes (324) to the fourth place.  


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