South Africa fast bowler Duanne Olivier has reached a career-best 24th position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after another stellar performance in the final Test in Johannesburg, which his side won by 107 runs to complete a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan.

 

Olivier’s match haul of eight for 125 has lifted him eight slots in the list led by his compatriot Kagiso Rabada while Olivier’s 24 wickets in the series not only got him the player of the series award but also see him gain 29 slots in the rankings after starting the series in 53rd place.

 

South Africa, who have reached the second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after their impressive series victory, also had their batsmen move up the rankings with Johannesburg man of the match Quinton de Kock (18 and 129 runs in his two innings) gaining 12 berths to reach 14th position. Former captain Hashim Amla (up three places to 10th) and opener Aiden Markram (up two places to eighth) have also made significant gains.

 

For Pakistan, Babar Azam has moved up five places to a career-best 20th position and Asad Shafiq is not far behind after inching up one slot to 23rd place. Openers Imam-ul-Haq (up 23 places to 73rd) and Shan Masood (up two places to 63rd) have also reached career-best positions.

 

Among their bowlers, Mohammad Amir has gained three slots to reach 31st position while other fast bowler Faheem Ashraf has lifted 48 slots to a career-best 58th position after finishing with six wickets in the match. Spinner Shadab Khan has also reached a career-best place after gaining 23 places to reach 78th in the list.

 

The emphatic series win has helped South Africa overtake New Zealand and England in the team rankings. South Africa have gained four points to reach 110 points, two points above England in the list led by India with 116 points. Pakistan have slipped behind Sri Lanka to seventh place and 88 points.

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 15 January, after the South Africa-Pakistan series):

 

RANK  TEAM              POINTS

1.      India                 116

2.      South Africa     110 (+4)

3.      England           108

4.      New Zealand   107

5.      Australia           101

6.      Sri Lanka           91

7.      Pakistan            88 (-4)

8.      West Indies       70

9.      Bangladesh       69

10.   Zimbabwe         13

11.   Afghanistan       00

12.   Ireland               00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 15 January, after the Johannesburg Test):

 

Batsmen (top 10)

 

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

   1        ( - )       Virat Kohli         Ind       922      53.76    937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

   2        ( - )       K. Williamson    NZ        897      51.44    915 v SL at Wellington 2018

   3        ( - )       C. Pujara          Ind       881      51.18    888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   4        ( - )       Steve Smith      Aus      874      61.37    947 v SA at Durban 2018

   5        ( - )       Joe Root           Eng      807      50.44    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   6        ( - )       David Warner    Aus      772      48.20    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   7        ( - )       Henry Nicholls   NZ        763*!   43.54    763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

   8        (+2)      Aiden Markram SA        741*    45.96    759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

   9        ( - )       D. Karunaratne SL        715      37.08    754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

  10       (+3)      Hashim Amla    SA        711      47.33    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013 

 

Other selected rankings

 

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

14        (+12)    Q. de Kock        SA        683      38.17    802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

20        (+5)      Babar Azam      Pak      658!     35.28    658 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

23=     (+1)      Asad Shafiq      Pak      643      38.94    758 v Eng at Lord's 2016

63        (+2)      Shan Masood    Pak      470*!   26.43    470 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

73        (+23)    Imam-ul-Haq     Pak      433*!   28.41    433 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

99        (+11)    T. de Bruyn       SA        332*!   20.35    332 v Pak at Johannesburg 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

 

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

   1        ( - )       K. Rabada         SA        882      21.41    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   2        ( - )       J. Anderson      Eng      874      26.98    903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

   3        ( - )       V. Philander      SA        809      21.73    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   4        (-1)       Pat Cummins    Aus      804*    24.51    836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

   5        ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind       794      23.68    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   6        (+1)      Trent Boult        NZ        771      27.90    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   7        (-1)       M. Abbas          Pak      770*    18.86    838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

   8        ( - )       Tim Southee     NZ        767      29.93    799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

   9        ( - )       R. Ashwin         Ind       763      25.43    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  10       ( - )       Jason Holder     Win      751*    28.50    766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

 

Other selected rankings

 

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

24        (+8)      D. Olivier          SA        642*!   18.19   642 v Pak at Johannesburg 2019

31=     (+3)      M. Amir              Pak      573*    30.47   658 v Eng at Lord's 2010

 58        (+48)    F. Ashraf           Pak      292*!   26.09   292 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

78        (+23)    Shadab Khan    Pak      202*!   38.83   202 v SA at Johannesburg 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      415      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2        ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind       387      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3        ( - )       Jason Holder     Win      365/*   381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

   4        (+1)      Ben Stokes       Eng      342      396 v Win at Lord's 2017

   5        (-1)       V. Philander      SA        341      378 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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