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Babar Azam makes it to Top 10 in ICC rankings

CricketBabar Azam makes it to Top 10 in ICC rankings

Babar Azam on Friday broke into the Top 10 One Day International (ODI) batsmen ICC Player Rankings, jumping 5 places to reach the 10th spot.

The 22-year-old right handed batsman racked up 100 runs in Adelaide during the recent ODI series against Australia, in which he scored a total of 282 runs.Babar Azam

Sharjeel Khan’s 250 runs in the five-match series ─ which included three half-centuries ─ have lifted him 35 slots to a career-best 53rd rank, said an ICC press release.

Australian opener David Warner has wrested the top spot in the rankings.

Warner, who struck a belligerent 179 off 128 balls to help win the final ODI in Adelaide by 57 runs on Thursday, is aiming to continue with the superb form that has seen him score six centuries in the last 11 ODIs.

The attacking left-hander has attained the top ranking for the first time, leapfrogging South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Indian captain Virat Kohli after amassing 367 runs in the five-match home series against Pakistan which his side won 4-1.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc gained two spots to reach the second position after finishing with nine wickets in the series against Pakistan, which included a haul of four for 42 in Adelaide.

Josh Hazlewood also reached a career-best 5th place after gaining five positions with seven wickets in the series while England’s Chris Woakes has moved into the top 20 with six wickets against India.

Pakistan could not improve its points’ position in a bid to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, even as there was little movement in the team rankings.

Pakistan is in danger of failing to qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament in the United Kingdom as it is sitting at eighth position with 89 points ─ two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies.

Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.

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