Pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood of Australia and Kagiso Rabada of South Africa have attained career-best rankings in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after excellent efforts that helped their sides to convincing victories in the Sydney and Cape Town Tests.
Rabada has gained nine slots to reach eighth position after his player of the match performance of 10-92 in the second Test in Cape Town that helped South Africa defeat Sri Lanka by 282 runs on Friday to take a winning 2-0 lead.
Rabada, who took 14 wickets in South Africa’s successful campaign in the ICC U19 World Cup 2014 in the UAE, has gained 144 points to reach 796 points, within seven points of England pace bowler Stuart Broad.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has continued to rise after scoring 101 and 29 in Cape Town. The wicket-keeper batsman has not only moved up one slot to a career-best eighth position but is now also the leading batsman from his country, ahead of AB de Villiers (ninth rank) and Hashim Amla (10th rank).