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Ajinkya Rahane enters top 10 of ICC Test rankings

December 16, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is now tenth in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. The International Cricket Council has released the revised rankings after the WTC series between West Indies and New Zealand on Tuesday, December 15.

Steve Smith has maintained his number one spot. Virat Kohli is second. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson who recently tied with Kohli at number two, has now fallen to the third position.

Tom Latham also declined one spot after Ajinkya Rahane replacing him in the Top 10 of the ICC Test Rankings. Henry Nicholls jumps eight spots to obtain the 13th rank. On the other hand, Jermaine Blackwood entered the Top 35 of the ICC Test Rankings.

Neil Wagner drops to the third spot on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers

In the ICC Test Rankings for bowlers, Neil Wagner lost his second spot to Stuart Broad. Pat Cummins continues to lead the points table with 904 rating points.

Talking about all-rounders, West Indian skipper Jason Holder had a forgettable ICC WTC series against New Zealand. He did not manage to grab a single wicket in Wellington and Hamilton. With this, Holder slipped out of the Top 10. India's blue-chip bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin gained a position each. Bumrah is placed on the eighth rank, and Ashwin has entered the Top 10.

Stuart Broad also achieved a place on the ICC Test Rankings for all-rounders. He replaced Roston Chase in the Top 10. Chase is now in the same position with New Zealand's rising star Kyle Jamieson at the eleventh spot.

Tim Southee also lost one place on the all-rounder's rankings. Ashwin has acquired the sixth spot. In the overall Test team rankings, Australia is leading the table followed by New Zealand. India is at the third spot.

India and Australia will lock horns in the four-match Test series beginning Thursday. Kohli will play the first Test only and return back home after the pink-ball fixture at the Adelaide Oval.

The Australian side is undefeated in the pink-ball version of the most extended format of the game. The visitors are also yet to register a defeat. India previously played their maiden pink-ball match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth