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Mathews back in top 20 after Harare double-century

Mathews back in top 20 after Harare double-century

Dubai, Jan 24 (UNI) Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews is back among the top 20 batsmen

in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after helping his side win by 10 wickets

in Harare to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe.

Pope advances 52 places; Stokes, Broad, Raza also move up in latest rankings

update

In the latest rankings update that also includes the Port Elizabeth Test, which

England won by an innings and 53 runs to go 2-1 ahead in the four-Test series,

Mathews has advanced eight places to reach 16th position after his unbeaten 200

in Harare.

The former Sri Lanka captain’s best ranking was third, achieved in August 2014,

while he has also been among the top 10 among batsmen in ODIs.

Other Sri Lanka batsmen to progress in the rankings are Kusal Mendis (30th to 26th)

and Dhananjaya de Silva (39th to 37th) while Suranga Lakmal (26th to 22nd) and

Lahiru Kumara (32nd to 30th) have moved up the list for bowlers. For Zimbabwe,

Sikandar Raza has advanced seven places and is now ranked 72nd among bowlers.

England’s Ollie Pope, Player of the Match for his unbeaten 135 in Port Elizabeth,

has moved up 52 slots to 61st place while Sam Curran and Dom Sibley have advanced

four slots each to reach 64th and 76th positions, respectively.

Ben Stokes has equaled his career-best second ranking among all-rounders after

his knock of 120. He has moved back to the spot he had occupied in August last year

while he is presently ranked 10th among batsmen and 29th among bowlers.

Off-spinner Dominic Bess’s five-wicket haul in the first innings has lifted him 49

places to 62nd, while Curran, Jack Leach and Stuart Broad have gained one slot

each in the bowlers’ list.

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