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Wednesday 31 January 2024

Babar Azam Climbs to 5th Spot in Latest ICC Test Rankings


Babar Azam Climbs to 5th Spot in Latest ICC Test Batting Rankings

Babar Azam

Pakistan’s batting sensation and former captain, Babar Azam, has ascended to the No. 5 position in the most recent International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batting rankings.

Babar, previously ranked 10th, experienced a significant improvement in his ranking, propelled by the underwhelming performances of Indian and Australian batters in their respective matches. 

At 29 years old, Babar now boasts an impressive 768 rating points.

Updated ICC Test Batting Rankings:

Men’s Test Batting Rankings

Position Players                         Team         Rating

1         Kane Williamson         New Zealand 864

2         Joe Root                         England         832

3         Steve Smith                 Australia         818

4         Daryl Mitchell         New Zealand 786

5         Babar Azam                 Pakistan         768

6         Virat Kohli                 India         767

7         Usman Khawaja         Australia         765

8         Harry Brook                 England         765

9         Dimuth Karunaratne Sri Lanka 747

10         Marnus Labuschagne Australia         746

In the wake of his remarkable performance in the initial Test against India, English batter Ollie Pope has seen a commendable surge in his career-high rating, catapulting 20 places to secure the 15th position.

Furthermore, Kane Williamson, the seasoned batter from New Zealand, maintains his dominance as the top-ranked Test batter globally. 

Additionally, Australia’s opener, Usman Khawaja, has climbed two places to secure the eighth spot in the rankings following an exceptional half-century in the opening innings of the second Test against the Caribbean team at the Gabba.

Regrettably, star Indian batter Virat Kohli, absent from the first Test and slated to miss the second Test against England, has slipped to the sixth position in the rankings, trailing just behind Babar Azam.