Mohammad Abbas, Pakistan vs Australia 2018, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi - Day 2 Review
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Mohammad Abbas leads a trio of Pakistan fast bowlers who have moved up in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after contributing in a memorable nine-wicket victory over England in the Lord’s Test.

The 28-year old Abbas returned with eight for 64 which has lifted him nine spots to the career-best 20th rank. Moreover, Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali have also moved up after creditable shows in the first of two Tests.

Amir’s five-wicket haul in the match has lifted him five places to 32nd position while Hasan Ali has gained 26 slots to reach 61st position after taking four first innings wickets.

Meanwhile, this is the career-best in Test matches for Hasan, who is now the fourth-rank bowler in ODIs.

A 2-0 series result can help Pakistan go past England

Among their batsmen, Asad Shafiq has risen six slots to 26th place after slamming 59 in his only innings. Harris Sohail has moved up 13 spots to 80th rank while Babar Azam moved upto 86th position.

For England, Alastair Cook has gained one place to reach 15th position after scores of 70 in the two innings. James Anderson, meanwhile, has retained his second slot with four wickets in the match but lost two points.

As a result, he is now eight points behind top-ranked Kagiso Rabada of South Africa. Pakistan’s unbeatable lead in the series also gives them a chance to overtake England in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

A 2-0 series result will take them from seventh to the fifth position with 95 points while pushing England down to seventh position and 93 points. England started the series on 97 points while Pakistan were on 88.

ICC Test batsmen ranking

Rank Name Team Rating
1 S.P.D. Smith Australia 929
2 V. Kohli India 912
3 J.E. Root England 854
4 K.S. Williamson New Zealand 847
5 D.A. Warner Australia 820
6 A.B. de Villiers South Africa 813
7 C.A. Pujara India 810
8 D. Elgar South Africa 784
9 A.K. Markram South Africa 759
10 H.M. Amla South Africa 726

ICC Test bowler rankings

Rank Name Team Rating
1 K. Rabada South Africa 897
2 J.M. Anderson England 889
3 V.D. Philander South Africa 845
4 R.A. Jadeja India 844
5 R. Ashwin India 803
6 P.J. Cummins Australia 800
6 M. Morkel South Africa 800
8 T.A. Boult New Zealand 795
9 H.M.R.K.B. Herath Sri Lanka 777
10 N. Wagner New Zealand 765

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Ankush Das

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