Pakistan players Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali have moved up in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after scoring hundreds against Sri Lanka in the drawn second Test played at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo, on Wednesday.
Azhar Ali scored 157, featuring in a 287-run second wicket partnership with opener Mohammad Hafeez. According a press release this mammoth effort earned Azhar Ali 39 ratings points which lifted him six places to the 13th position, whereas Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 196, collected 44 ratings points and has moved up six places to the 30th position.
The Misbah-ul-Haq up to 11,3rd places and Taufeeq Umar at 40, 6th places. There are no big movers inside the top 20 in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers except Pakistan Abdul Rehman who has climbed two places to 11th place following his five wickets in the match.
The outside top 20, Pakistan’s fast bowler Junaid Khan, who picked up the man of the match award for his five for 73 in the first innings, has vaulted 17 places and now sits in at 42. This is his career-best ranking.
The bowlers’ list is headed by Dale Steyn of South Africa with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal in second position. Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath is sitting in fourth place, 48 points behind the Pakistani and 20 points behind England’s third-ranked James Anderson.
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