Dubai, Feb 19 IBNS | 9 months ago

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's spectacular match-saving knock of 302 in the Wellington Test against India has helped him jump eight places to a career-best 12th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

McCullum, who became the first New Zealand batsman to score a triple hundred, helped draw the second and final Test in Wellington on Tuesday, to thereby win the series 1-0.

Named as the Player of the Match in the Wellington Test, McCullum shares 12th position with Australia's David Warner (up by three).

Warner scored 115 in the second innings of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion, a match won by his side by 281 runs.

McCullum's partner in a world record sixth-wicket partnership worth 352, BJ Watling, has also moved up the rankings, jumping three places to 45th as a result of his knock of 124.

Meanwhile, India's Virat Kohli has moved up two places to a career-high of ninth, following knocks of 38 and 105 not out in the Wellington Test, to break into the top 10 of the batting table for the first time in his career.

Kohli joins seventh-ranked teammate Cheteshwar Pujara (down by one) as the only two Indian batsmen inside the top 10.

Two other centurions in the Wellington Test have also made upward moves in the latest table, Ajinkya Rahane is now in 46th (up by 15), while New Zealand's debutant century-maker Jimmy Neesham has entered the rankings in 59th place.

Neesham shares the position with fellow first-timer Alex Doolan of Australia.

Australia's Shaun Marsh, meanwhile, has made a return to the table in 63rd position following scores of 148 and 44 in the Centurion Test against South Africa.

South Africa's AB de Villiers continues to top the batting table, followed by Kumar Sangakkara in second position and Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies in third place.

Australia's Mitchell Johnson has continued to storm through the charts in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.

Johnson has jumped five places to fourth following his spectacular match-winning haul of 12 for 127 in the Centurion Test against South Africa.

Johnson, named Player of the Match for his 12-wicket haul, has enjoyed a spectacular run this season and now has a total of 49 wickets from six successive Tests.

Johnson, who first entered the top ten of the bowlers' table in November 2008, reached a career-best second in March 2009.

The left-arm fast bowler remained a permanent fixture in the top five until October 2010.

Vernon Philander has ceded the number-one position in the bowlers' table to teammate Dale Steyn after a 55-day reign at the top.

Philander, who became the number-one ranked bowler on Dec 22, 2013, picked up one wicket in the Centurion Test to drop 11 ratings points and finish on 898, three ratings points behind Steyn.

South Africa's spearhead Steyn, who had figures of four for 78 and two for 61 in either innings of the Centurion Test, has retained his pre-series ratings points.

Steyn first reached the number-one position on April 3 2008 when he drew level with Muttiah Muralidaran for one week. He regained the top spot in July 2009 when he overtook Muralidaran.

Thereafter, Steyn spent 187 matches or 1630 days as the top-ranked bowler, the second-most number of matches at the top to date after Muralidaran. Steyn's run was ended when Philander overtook him in December 2013.

Meanwhile, Australia's Ryan Harris continues to be the highest-ranked bowler for his side, after retaining his pre-series third position.

This means that when the second Test between South Africa and Australia gets underway on Thursday in Port Elizabeth, the top four ranked bowlers will be seen in action, with Peter Siddle in sixth position (down by one) closely following them.

New Zealand's Tim Southee moved up a place to a career-best ninth following his match haul of five for 143 in the Wellington Test against India.

Southee is now on 757 ratings points, just 10 behind eighth-ranked teammate Trent Boult.


Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on Feb 18, 2014 after the New Zealand vs India series)

Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)

1 South Africa 133

2 (-) India 112 (-5)

3 Australia 111

4 England 107

5 Pakistan 100

6 Sri Lanka 89

7 (+1) New Zealand 87 (+5)

8 (-1) West Indies 87

9 Zimbabwe 34

10 Bangladesh 19



(Developed by David Kendix)



Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as on 19 February after Wellington and Centurion Tests):



Batsmen



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 926! 51.98 926 v Aus at Centurion 2014

2 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 879 58.07 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

3 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 876 51.93 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 850 50.91 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 842 46.94 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

6 (+1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 824! 48.75 824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

7 (-1) C Pujara Ind 819* 58.92 851 v SA at Durban 2013

8 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 813 51.33 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

9 (+2) Virat Kohli Ind 784! 46.51 784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

10 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 759 51.38 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

11 (-2) Graeme Smith SA 750 49.11 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

12= (+8) B McCullum NZ 724! 38.09 724 v Ind at Wellington 2014

(+3) David Warner Aus 724 41.85 741 v Eng at Perth 2013

14 (-2) Angelo Mathews SL 706 46.16 716 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

15 (-2) M Jayawardena SL 699 50.30 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

16 (+7) Steven Smith Aus 691*! 38.45 691 v SA at Centurion 2014

17 (-1) Ian Bell Eng 682 45.41 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

18 (-1) Alastair Cook Eng 677 46.51 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

19 (-1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 674 47.28 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

20 (+1) Jonathan Trott Eng 641 46.45 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

21 (-2) Kane Williamson NZ 640 36.37 654 v Ind at Auckland 2014

22 (-8) Chris Rogers Aus 639* 37.13 694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

27 (+6) MS Dhoni Ind 604 38.77 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

28 (-3) Brad Haddin Aus 602 36.22 637 v WI at Perth 2009

34 (+2) Rohit Sharma Ind 578*! 56.87 578 v NZ at Wellington 2014

36 (-8) Faf du Plessis SA 571* 53.53 605 v Ind at Durban 2013

37 (-8) Alviro Petersen SA 566 37.30 655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

43 (-5) Murali Vijay Ind 530* 35.24 569 v SA at Durban 2013

45 (+3) BJ Watling NZ 515*! 35.22 515 v Ind at Wellington 2014

46 (+15) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 513*! 47.37 513 v NZ at Wellington 2014

50 (+8) Shikhar Dhawan Ind 475*! 48.54 475 v NZ at Wellington 2014

59= (NEW) Alex Doolan Aus 435*! 58.00 435 v SA at Centurion 2014

(NEW) Jimmy Neesham NZ 435*! 170.00 435 v Ind at Wellington 2014

63 (RE) Shaun Marsh Aus 432*! 37.92 432 v SA at Centurion 2014

65 (-4) JP Duminy SA 413* 31.82 466 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

76 (+3) Vernon Philander SA 388*! 24.28 388 v Aus at Centurion 2014

77 (-3) H Rutherford NZ 381* 30.55 454 v Eng at Wellington 2013

83 (-1) Robin Peterson SA 354* 27.29 365 v Ind at Durban 2013

84 (-6) Peter Fulton NZ 353* 26.83 413 v Eng at Auckland 2013

87 (-6) Corey Anderson NZ 344* 32.70 367 v Ind at Auckland 2014

88 (+3) Mitchell Johnson Aus 343 22.59 477 v Eng at Lord's 2009

100 (-2) Tim Southee NZ 302 19.00 304 v Eng at Headingley 2013



Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 (+1) Dale Steyn SA 901 22.90 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 (-1) Vernon Philander SA 898 18.75 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

3 ( - ) Ryan Harris Aus 852* 22.02 866 v Eng at Sydney 2014

4 (+5) Mitchell Johnson Aus 819 27.50 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

5 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 787 27.46 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

6 (-1) Peter Siddle Aus 779 28.69 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

7 (-1) Rangana Herath SL 774 30.02 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

8 (-1) Trent Boult NZ 767*! 26.59 767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

9 (+1) Tim Southee NZ 757! 30.69 757 v Ind at Wellington 2014

10 (-2) R Ashwin Ind 744 28.50 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

11 (+1) Stuart Broad Eng 729 30.31 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

12 (-1) Pragyan Ojha Ind 726 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

13 (+1) Abdur Rehman Pak 705* 27.75 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

14 (+1) James Anderson Eng 683 30.67 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

15 (-2) Morne Morkel SA 681 30.35 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

16 ( - ) Kemar Roach WI 649* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

17 (+1) Junaid Khan Pak 623*! 29.07 623 v SL at Sharjah 2014

18 (-1) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 620* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

19 ( - ) Nathan Lyon Aus 614 32.58 648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

20= ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 613 33.36 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

( - ) S Shillingford WI 613* 32.32 652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

22 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 581 32.94 752 v SA at Durban 2010

24 (+1) Ishant Sharma Ind 548 37.56 671 v WI at Dominica 2011

27 (-3) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 507* 26.30 570 v SA at Durban 2013

28 ( - ) Neil Wagner NZ 504* 35.00 505 v Ind at Auckland 2014

40 (+1) M Shami Ind 422*! 29.48 422 v NZ at Wellington 2014

63 (-16) Corey Anderson NZ 276* 30.54 377 v WI at Hamilton 2013

64 (+5) Robin Peterson SA 259* 37.26 335 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013

71= (+2) JP Duminy SA 226* 40.38 302 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

( - ) Kane Williamson NZ 226* 41.13 291 v Eng at Headingley 2013

95 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 134* 37.63 265 v NZ at Wellington 2005



All-rounders



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 373*/ 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 364 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 348*/ ! 348 v Aus at Centurion 2014

4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 291 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 (+1) Mitchell Johnson Aus 281 384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009



* indicates a 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

(Posted on 19-02-2014)

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