Usman Khawaja’s brilliant, match-saving knock of 141 runs off 302 balls against Pakistan has given him an entry to the top 10 Test batsmen as he jumped nine spots to grab the 10th spot in the latest update of the ICC Test player rankings for batsmen.
Khawaja was a wall in front of the Pakistani bowlers in the first Test in Dubai as he scored 85 in the first innings and saved the match for Australia by playing a colossal knock of 141 which spanned nearly for nine hours.
However, there were no other changes above Khawaja’s ranking of 10 with Virat Kohli still being the No. 1 Test batsman with 936 points, after he scored his 24th Test ton in the first Test against West Indies.
Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and David Warner complete the top five in order.
Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq was ranked No. 20 after he scored 80 and 41 in the first Test against the Aussies. While Australian skipper Tim Paine, who was also behind the memorable draw against Pakistan, entered the Top 50 with a career-high of 524.
Whereas, the Man of the Match in the first Test between India and Windies, Prithvi Shaw scored a debut ton (134) in the opening innings and made an entry to the rankings at No. 73. While Ravindra Jadeja, who hit his maiden century was up by six spots to No. 51 with a career-best 511 points.
Here are the Latest Top 10 in ICC Test Rankings (Batsmen)
1 Virat Kohli IND 936
2 Steve Smith AUS 919
3 Kane Williamson NZ 847
4 Joe Root ENG 835
5 David Warner AUS 812
6 Cheteshwar Pujara IND 782
7 Dimuth Karunaratne SL 754
8 Dinesh Chandimal SL 733
9 Dean Elgar SA 724
10 Usman Khawaja AUS 719