Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Warner falls, Herath into top 10

Warner falls, Herath into top 10

Aussie opener drops to equal 10th, Sri Lankan heroes make big gains in latest ICC Player Rankings

Australia opener David Warner has dropped three places in the latest International Cricket Council player rankings after statistically the worst Test of his career against Sri Lanka in Kandy.

Warner made just one run from two innings in Australia's 106-run defeat at the Pallekele Stadium and now sits equal 10th in the latest batting rankings, level with India's skipper Virat Kohli.

Kohli, who scored 44 in the first innings of the concurrent second Test against the West Indies, could push Warner out of the top 10 with more runs in Jamaica.

While Warner dropped a spot, teammate Adam Voges moved into the top five for the first time in his career after he top-scored in Australia's first innings with 47.

Warner's opening partner Joe Burns (down two places to 35th) and No.3 Usman Khawaja (down two to 29th) also lost ground after the Kandy Test.

The biggest winner on the batting front was unsurprisingly Sri Lanka's newest cricketing hero Kusal Mendis, who gained a whopping 27 spots to 21st after his match-winning 176.

There was no change to the top of the batting rankings with Steve Smith holding onto top spot ahead of England's Joe Root and New Zealand's Kane Williamson. However, Smith's lead has been cut by four to 20 points and with Australia and England both in action this week, there could be further movement at the top of the standings.

On the bowling front, veteran Sri Lankan tweaker Rangana Herath has moved back into the top 10 after an eight-wicket haul in Kandy, vaulting four spots to ninth.

Herath is one of four spinners in the top 10 along with No.1 Ravichandran Ashwin, Pakistan legspinner Yasir Shah and Indian left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, who has not been selected for the first two Tests of India's current series against the Windies.

Australian quick Josh Hazlewood also gained one spot, jumping one place to seventh where he leads New Zealand's Trent Boult by a single point.

The Black Caps were also big winners in the latest rankings after their crushing win over Zimbabwe by an innings and 117 runs in Bulawayo.

Century-makers Ross Taylor (up three places to 12th), Tom Latham (up two to equal 30th) and BJ Watling (up five to equal 30th) all gained ground while left-arm quick Neil Wagner gained four places after taking eight wickets, rising to a career-high 13th.

ICC Test Batting Rankings
Steve Smith (Australia) - 921
Joe Root (England) - 901
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) - 866
Hashim Amla (South Africa) - 860
Adam Voges (Australia) - 820
AB de Villiers (South Africa) - 818
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) - 790
Alastair Cook (England) - 788
Younis Khan (Pakistan) - 784
Virat Kohli (India) - 757
David Warner (Australia) - 757

ICC Test Bowling Rankings
Ravichandran Ashwin (India) - 876
James Anderson (England) - 875
Stuart Broad (England) - 852
Dale Steyn (South Africa) - 841
Yasir Shah (Pakistan) - 832
Ravindra Jadeja (India) - 781
Josh Hazlewood (Australia) - 763
Trent Boult (New Zealand) - 762
Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) - 749
Morne Morkel (South Africa) - 724

(cricket.com.au)