Dubai, Oct 13 IBNS | 9 months ago

Pakistan starts its campaign in the two-Test series against number-one ranked South Africa, from Monday (Oct 14) in Abu Dhabi, with an opportunity to reclaim its number-four position on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table.


Pakistan is currently ranked sixth with 97 ratings points, just two ratings points behind fifth-ranked West Indies on 99 and four behind fourth-ranked Australia on 101. Now, Pakistan has an opportunity to regain the fourth place if it wins by one Test or better, thereby pushing Australia into fifth place and West Indies into sixth rank.

In case of a 1-0 series win, Misbah-ul-Haq's side will gain nine ratings points to end at 106. Pakistan can gain up to 11 ratings points if it wins both the Tests and jump to fourth place with 108, thereby gaining seven ratings points lead over Australia and nine ratings lead over West Indies.

South Africa heads the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table with 135 ratings points and leads Pakistan by 38 ratings points. This gap means Graeme Smith's side is favourite to win the two-Test series. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, if South Africa win both the Tests, then it will gain just one rating point but will lose as many as four ratings points if the series ends in a draw, eight points in case of a 0-1 defeat and 10 points if Pakistan wins both the Tests

About ICC World Test Championship

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017.

The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying period being from 1 May 2013 to 31 December 2016.

The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017. The results of any Test series ending after 1 May 2013, and the results of any Test series starting before 31 December 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC.


South Africa players dominate rankings

Meanwhile, South Africa will enter the series with its players sitting on top of all the three categories of Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests.

The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen is headed by Hashim Amla, the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn, with teammate Vernon Philander in second place while Jacques Kallis tops the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders.

For South Africa, the other batsmen inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen include Kallis in eighth and Graeme Smith in 15th. For Pakistan Younus Khan in sixth is the highest ranked batsman, while captain Misbah-ul-Haq in 12th and Azhar Ali in 16th are the others inside the top 20.

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal in fourth position is the highest-ranked bowler from his side on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman in 11th and South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel in 12th are the others eyeing an improvement in their placings.


Upcoming Fixtures (Pakistan v South Africa)

14-18 October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

23-27 October: 2nd Test, Dubai


Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 12 October)

Rank Team Rating

1 South Africa 135

2 England 116

3 India 116

4 Australia 101

5 West Indies 99

6 Pakistan 97

7 Sri Lanka 88

8 New Zealand 79

9 Zimbabwe 34

10 Bangladesh 10

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 12 October, before South
Africa-Pakistan Test series)



Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 Hashim Amla SA 903! 52.11 903
v Pak at Centurion 2013

2 S.Chanderpaul WI 880 51.81 901
v NZ at Napier 2008

3 AB de Villiers SA 879! 50.50 879 v Pak at Centurion 2013

4 K Sangakkara SL 866 56.98 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

5 Michael Clarke Aus 853 52.08 900
v SL at Melbourne 2012

6 Younus Khan Pak 804 51.89 880
v SL at Lahore 2009

7 C Pujara Ind 777*! 65.55 777 v Aus at Delhi 2013

8 Jacques Kallis SA 756 56.10 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

9 Ian Bell Eng 748 46.66 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

10 Alastair Cook Eng 737 47.85 874
v Ind at Kolkata 2012

11 Ross Taylor NZ 724 42.21 785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

12 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 721 44.67 771 v
Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

13 Kevin Pietersen Eng 706 48.38 909
v WI at Headingley 2007

14 Jonathan Trott Eng 698 47.39 856
v SL at Cardiff 2011

15 Graeme Smith SA 696 48.62 843
v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

16 Azhar Ali Pak 668 40.58 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

17 Marlon Samuels WI 663 37.39 672 v
Zim at Bridgetown 2013

18 Matt Prior Eng 647 42.36 745 v NZ at Auckland 2013

19 M Jayawardena SL 639 49.56 883 v
Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

20 Chris Gayle WI 637 42.45 755 v SL at Galle 2010

MS Dhoni Ind 637 39.70 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010



Selected Rankings



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

29 Alviro Petersen SA 590 38.75 655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

58 JP Duminy SA 434* 37.57 466 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

80 Adnan Akmal Pak 361* 27.40 377 v Zim at Harare 2013

85 Vernon Philander SA 350*! 22.75 350 v Pak at Centurion 2013

97 K Manzoor Pak 316* 29.80 323 v Aus at Hobart 2010



Bowlers



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 Dale Steyn SA 905 22.65 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 Vernon Philander SA 890*! 17.13 890 v
Pak at Centurion 2013

3 Rangana Herath SL 831 29.52 838
v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

4 Saeed Ajmal Pak 821 26.78 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

5 Ryan Harris Aus 782*! 22.26 782
v Eng at The Oval 2013

6 Graeme Swann Eng 760 28.55 858 v
Pak at Lord's 2010

Peter Siddle Aus 760 29.11 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

8 R Ashwin Ind 757*! 28.53 757 v Aus at Delhi 2013

9 James Anderson Eng 741 30.10 813 v
Ind at Edgbaston 2011

10 Stuart Broad Eng 740 30.58 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

11 Abdur Rehman Pak 717* 27.55 739 v Eng
at Dubai 2012

12 Morne Morkel SA 715 29.97 776
v Aus at Cape Town 2011

13 Pragyan Ojha Ind 706 31.78 773
v Eng at Kolkata 2012

14 Kemar Roach WI 682* 27.71 712 v
NZ at Kingston 2012

15 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 659* 28.50 757 v
WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

16 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 603 32.76 680 v WI
at Mirpur 2011

17 Zaheer Khan Ind 600 32.35 752
v SA at Durban 2010

18 Tim Southee NZ 597* 34.33 621 v
Eng at Lord's 2013

19 Steven Finn Eng 580* 29.40 624
v NZ at Headingley 2013

20 Nathan Lyon Aus 576* 33.23 591 v
Eng at Chester-le-St 2013



Selected Rankings



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

32 Junaid Khan Pak 509*! 26.63 509 v
Zim at Harare 2013

34 Jacques Kallis SA 495 32.43
742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

71 Rahat Ali Pak 271*! 30.85
271 v Zim at Harare 2013

81 Imran Tahir SA 204* 50.19 310
v Eng at Headingley 2012

83 Rory Kleinveldt SA 194*! 42.20 194 v
Pak at Centurion 2013

93 JP Duminy SA 149* 42.50 302
v Eng at Johannesburg 2010



All-rounders



Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 Jacques Kallis SA 374 616 v Pak
at Durban 2002

2 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 355 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 R Ashwin Ind 321*/* 333 v Aus
at Hyderabad 2013

4 Vernon Philander SA 312*/*! 312 v Pak at Centurion 2013

5 Stuart Broad Eng 288 382 v Pak
at Abu Dhabi 2012

(Posted on 13-10-2013)