Friday, 19 August 2016 - 13:19
Rangana Herath climbs to fifth spot in ICC Test rankings
Rangana Herath, the Sri Lanka left-arm spinner, on Thursday (August 18) returned to the top-five of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings for bowlers with his 13-wicket haul in the third and final Test against Australia.
The 38-year-old returned figures of 6 for 81 and 7 for 64 in the two innings of the Colombo Test which the hosts won by 163 runs to sweep the series 3-0. His match-winning figures, which was his seventh 10-wicket haul in Tests, helped Herath climb three places up to the fifth spot in the latest rankings. This is Herath's highest-ranking since he achieved the fourth spot following the Wellington Test against New Zealand in January 2015.
England pacer James Anderson leads the list with 870 points, 12 ahead of second-placed R Ashwin. Dale Steyn is ranked third, 17 points behind the India off-spinner.
Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva, who notched up centuries in the just-concluded Colombo Test, also made significant gains in the Test batsmen rankings. The Sri Lanka vice-captain rose six slots to reach the 17th spot in the list which is still led by the Australia captain Steve Smith. On the other hand, de Silva shot up 30 places to occupy the 37th spot. Kaushal Silva, who scored 115 in the second innings, moved up nine places to the 39th position.
For Australia, the only consolation was the rise of David Warner and Shaun Marsh. The Australia vice-captain gained one place to share the ninth spot with New Zealand's Ross Taylor, while Marsh, who struck the first century for Australia on the Sri Lanka tour in Colombo, has jumped 13 places to reach the 33rd rank.
Smith, who scored 119 runs in the first innings, has retained the top spot and leads England's Joe Root by 28 points. Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, is five points behind the English No. 3 and would look to scale the difference when his side takes the field against South Africa in Durban from August 19.