Monday, 01 August 2016 - 13:17
Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath Go Up In ICC Rankings



Sri Lanka’s veteran spinner Rangana Herath has moved back into the top 10 of the ICC Test Bowling Rankings after an eight-wicket haul against Australia 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.

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 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.

Australia opener David Warner dropped three places in the latest 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.

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.

Joe Burns and No.3 Usman Khawaja also lost ground after the Kandy Test.

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.

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