Kevin O’Brien Makes Giant Strides, Steve Smith Still Leads ICC Test Rankings


Kevin O’Brien hit an unbeaten 118 to turn into Ireland’s maiden Test centurion to assist his staff struggle again after they have been requested to follow-on towards Pakistan of their one-off Test, ultimately dropping by 5 wickets at Malahide in Dublin. Riding on his sensible knock, the 34-year-old has made it to the 66th spot with a complete of 440 factors within the newest ICC Test Player Rankings launched on Wednesday. O’Brien, who was named the Player of the Match, is the one Irish batsman within the high 100, with Stuart Thompson, who hit 53 within the hosts’ second-innings effort of 339, the following greatest at quantity 125 with 218 factors.

There shouldn’t be a lot Test cricket happening proper now. Therefore, there was just one change within the high 10 within the record for batsmen and none in any respect among the many high 15 for bowlers.

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith, who has been banned from worldwide cricket for one yr by Cricket Australia as a result of his involvement within the ball-tampering saga that unfolded in South Africa, nonetheless leads the batting charts with 929 factors. Smith is adopted by Virat Kohli and Joe Root on the high of the pile for batsmen, with Kane Williamson, David Warner, AB de Villiers, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram under them, however Hashim Amla has moved as much as quantity 10 after Azhar Ali, the Pakistan opening batsman, had a poor Test towards Ireland with scores of four and a couple of. Ali moved all the way down to quantity 12.

The huge mover amongst Pakistani batsmen, in the meantime, was debutant Faheem Ashraf, whose 83 from quantity eight was the highest rating in his staff’s first innings. He earned 392 factors to be at quantity 81. Imam-ul-Haq, additionally debuting within the match, scored 74* within the second innings to elevate Pakistan from a precarious 14/three in collaboration with Babar Azam (59) and received 274 factors to get to quantity 113.

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