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ICC Rankings: Markram Vaults Into Top 20; Starc Achieves Career Best Ranking in Tests

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Australia's Mitchell Starc has seen a significant rise in the bowlers rankings in Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

South Africa opener, Aiden Markram, vaulted into top 20 in ICC’s latest Test rankings.

His innings of 32 and 143 during the first Test against Australia in Durban helped him climb 28 places, to settle for 19th place on the points table.

The 23-year old player played a gritty knock of 143 in the second innings.

He shared 146 runs with Quinton de Kock for the sixth wicket in a chase to a high total, but the duo could not finish off work.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 05: Quinton de Kock and Morne Morkel of the Proteas during day 5 of the 1st Sunfoil Test match between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on March 05, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In the end, South Africa lost the first Test by a margin of 118 runs.

In other changes, Mitchell Starc has also improved his record. He had scalped nine wickets in the first Test and also got awarded Man of the Match.

He swung the match in Australia’s favour and never allowed South African batsmen to settle down. Marsh brothers have also seen a significant rise in their rankings.

Ashes 2017-18, Sydney, Hundred, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith

Proud moment for Shaun Marsh while embracing his brother. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shaun Marsh has climbed to 16th position in the batsmen rankings with Mitchel Marsh has seen a rise of 13 places to sit at 43rd rank on the table.

Both the brothers made their Test comeback during Ashes 2017/18 – at different points – and have done well since then.

In other changes, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock have gained one and three points from the first Test, respectively.

Tim Paine and Cameron Bancroft have also seen an addition of six and 22 points, respectively. Keshav Maharaj, who scalped nine wickets in the first Test, climbed one place to 18th rank.

The second Test of the series between South Africa and Australia will start on March 9 to be played in Port Elizabeth. Australia are leading the four-match Tests series by 1-0.

Batsmen ranking –

Rank  Player Pts Avge
   1 Steve Smith  947!  63.41
   2 Virat Kohli  912!  53.40
   3 Joe Root  881  53.28
   4 K. Williamson  855  50.62
   5 David Warner  833  48.63
   6 C. Pujara  810  50.51
   7 Azhar Ali  755  46.62
   8 Alastair Cook  742  46.35
   9 Ross Taylor  739  48.04
  10 Hashim Amla  734  48.58

Bowlers ranking –

Rank               Player Pts Avge
   1 James Anderson  887 27.40
   2 Kagiso Rabada  873 22.15
   3 Ravindra Jadeja  844 23.73
   4 Josh Hazlewood  812 25.69
   5 Mitchell Starc  805!  26.94
   6 R. Ashwin  803  25.56
   7 Vernon Philander  786  22.00
   8 Neil Wagner  784  27.87
   9 Rangana Herath  777  28.18
  10= Morne Morkel  755  28.20
Nathan Lyon  755  31.78

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