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Rizwan Shines in ICC Test Rankings with 10-Spot Jump to 17th

Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan has achieved a career-best 17th position in the ICC Men’s Test batters rankings, after scoring 88 and 28 in the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney. Rizwan, who was the highest run-scorer for Pakistan in the series with 193 runs in two matches, jumped 10 places in the latest update released today.

Rizwan missed the first Test in Brisbane, where Sarfaraz Ahmed kept wickets, but made an impressive comeback in the second Test in Melbourne, where he scored 42 and 35. He followed it up with another gritty knock of 88 in the first innings of the Sydney Test, where he faced 103 balls and hit 12 boundaries including two sixes. He also scored 28 in the second innings, as Australia won the match by 8 wickets and the series 3-0.

Rizwan, who made his Test debut in 2016, has played 30 Tests so far and scored 1616 runs at an average of 40.40, with two centuries and nine fifties. He is the third Pakistan batter in the top 20 of the ICC Test rankings, with Babar Azam at 8th and Saud Shakeel at 14th.

The Sydney Test also saw some significant movements in the ICC Test rankings for other batters and bowlers. Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 60 and 62 not out, moved up three places to fourth, while South Africa’s Aiden Markram, who hit a brilliant 120 in the second innings against India in Cape Town, rose nine places to 20th.

India’s Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma also improved their rankings, moving to sixth and 10th respectively.

In the bowling rankings, India’s Jasprit Bumrah overtook his teammate Ravindra Jadeja to reach fourth place, after taking six wickets in Cape Town, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings. Mohammed Siraj, who claimed 6/15 and 1/31 in the same match, jumped 13 places to a career-high 17th.

Australia’s Pat Cummins, who was named the Player of the Series against Pakistan, took six wickets in Sydney and regained the second spot in the rankings, overtaking South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, who also took four wickets against India. Cummins’ teammate Josh Hazlewood, who took five wickets in Sydney, moved up to a tie for seventh with England’s James Anderson, while Nathan Lyon dropped to 11th. Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi, who was rested for the Sydney Test, remained at 12th.

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