The Race to Chase India in the Test Rankings

The Race to Number Two in Test Cricket

The Race to Number Two in Test Cricket

India are in no danger of losing there number one ranking anytime soon and have been presented with the ICC Test Championship Trophy and $1 million prize money.

New Zealand and England begin a two Test series that will overlap with the final two Tests between Australia and South Africa. A series win for England would see them overtake New Zealand in fourth position in the rankings. New Zealand could potentially overtake Australia to third if they win their series and Australia lose 3-1.

Kagiso Rabada has regained the top spot amongst the bowlers in the Test rankings with his efforts of 11-150 that helped South Africa level the series with Australia in Port Elizabeth. The South African quick now must serve a two match ban and will miss the remainder of the series with Australia.

Rabada, a star of South Africa’s triumph in the ICCU19 Cricket World Cup 2014, has vaulted over James Anderson to the top position and is now 15 points ahead of the England pace bowler at 902 points. Rabada is the 23rd bowler to cross 900 points and only the fourth South Africa player to do so after Vernon Philander (highest of 912 points in 2013), Shaun Pollock (909 in 1999) and Dale Steyn (909 in 2014).


Series scenarios:

  • New Zealand win 2-0 – New Zealand 104, England 96
  • New Zealand win 1-0 – New Zealand 102, England 97
  • Drawn series – New Zealand 100, England 99
  • England win 1-0 – England 101, New Zealand 99
  • England win 2-0 – England 102, New Zealand 96


Series schedule:

22-26 March – 1st Test, Auckland

30 March – 3 April – 2nd Test, Christchurch


MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 13 March, after the Port Elizabeth Test):

Batsmen (top 10)


Other selected rankings


Bowlers (top 10)



Other selected rankings



All-rounders (top five)



*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

! indicates career-highest rating


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