David Warner of Australia has moved to fifth position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests. Photo: ICC

David Warner and Ryan Harris heroes of Australia’s 245-runs win over host South Africa in the Cape Town Test have achieved best-ever positions in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests, released on Thursday morning.

Warner, who slammed hundreds (135 and 145) in both innings of the Cape Town Test, has moved up five places to a career-high of fifth in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Warner was named the player of the match for his efforts with the bat.

Warner, who also won the player of the series award, is now the highest-ranked Australia batsman, with his skipper Michael Clarke in ninth position being the only other in the top 10. The batting table is still headed by AB de Villiers, with Kumar Sangakkara in second place and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in third position.

Outside the top 10 Steven Smith jumped five places to a best-ever 12th following knocks of 84 and 36 in the Cape Town Test. The biggest mover outside the top 20 was Faf du Plessis, as he rose six places to a best-ever 23rd.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Ryan Harris who ended with a match haul of seven for 95, has moved up two places to a best-ever second position.

Harris has now moved ahead of Vernon Philander and teammate Mitchell Johnson.

Philander, who picked just one wicket in the Cape Town Test, is down a place to third, while Johnson has dropped down a place to fourth. The bowlers’ table is still headed by Dale Steyn.

Outside the top 20 the biggest movers were James Pattinson in 28th (up by four), Kyle Abbott in 45th (up by three) and JP Duminy in 62nd (up by seven).

Meanwhile, the only solace for South Africa from the Cape Town Test was in the fact that Philander has now become the number-one ranked all-rounder on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.

Philander, who scored 37 and 51 not out in either innings, has moved up two places to top of the all-rounders’ table, pushing India’s Ravichandran Ashwin to second. Philander is now on 376 ratings points, just three ahead of Ashwin.

Smith signs off in 16th position

Meanwhile, Graeme Smith signed off on his impressive Test career in 16th place in the batting table.

Smith reached a career high of second position after his match-winning century against England in Johannesburg in January 2010. That was also when he achieved a best-ever 843 ratings points.

He ends his ODI career in 42nd position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. Smith spent 57 matches and 160 days as the top-ranked batsman in ODI cricket between March and August 2008. He achieved a best-ever ratings points of 784 in November 2005.

In Twenty20 International cricket he spent 31 matches and 415 days at number one position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen. He first went atop in February 2006 and last was in the top position in September 2007.

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as on 6 March, after Cape Town Test):

Batsmen

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

1           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           922         51.94     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

2           ( – )          K Sangakkara      SL           879         58.07     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

3           (+1)         S.Chanderpaul     WI          876         51.93     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4           (-2)          Hashim Amla       SA           873         51.35     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5           (+5)         David Warner       Aus         871!       46.54     871 v SA at Cape Town 2014

6           (-1)          Ross Taylor          NZ          842         46.94     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

7           (-1)          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         824!       48.75     824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

8           (-1)          C Pujara                                Ind          819*      58.92     851 v SA at Durban 2013

9           ( – )          Michael Clarke    Aus         818         51.50     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

10         (-2)          Virat Kohli            Ind          784!       46.51     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

 

Selected Rankings

Rank      (+/-)       Player                Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

12         (+5)         Steven Smith        Aus         737*!    40.02     737 v SA at Cape Town 2014

16         (-3)          Graeme Smith      SA           688         48.25     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

19         (-3)          Chris Rogers         Aus         675*      38.14     694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

23         (+6)         Faf du Plessis        SA           636*!    52.42     636 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

32         ( – )          Shane Watson      Aus         586         36.25     729 v Eng at Perth 2010

36         (-1)          Brad Haddin        Aus         568         35.26     637 v WI at Perth 2009

37         ( – )          Alviro Petersen     SA           559         37.05     655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

45         ( – )          JP Duminy            SA           517*      34.71     519 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

60         (+19)      Vernon Philander SA           435*!    27.45     435 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

92=       (-15)       Dean Elgar            SA           335*      29.54     379 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

(+3)         Alex Doolan         Aus         335*      31.00     435 v SA at Centurion 2014

94         (-7)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         332         22.12     477 v Eng at Lord’s 2009

101        (+1)         James Pattinson   Aus         300*      30.09     331 v Eng at Lord’s 2013

 

Bowlers

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

1           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           898         23.01     908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2           (+2)         Ryan Harris          Aus         870!       22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014

3           (-1)          Vernon Philander SA           865         20.11     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4           (-1)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         844!       27.42     844 v SA at Cape Town 2014

5           ( – )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787         27.46     855 v Zim at Harare 2013

6           ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           774         30.02     838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

7           ( – )          Trent Boult           NZ          767*!    26.59     767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

8           ( – )          Tim Southee         NZ          757!       30.69     757 v Ind at Wellington 2014

9           ( – )          R Ashwin               Ind          744         28.50     808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

10         ( – )          Peter Siddle           Aus         733        29.37     816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

 

Selected Rankings

Rank      (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

16         (-1)          Morne Morkel      SA           637         30.97     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

21         (-4)          Nathan Lyon        Aus         607         32.99     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

28         (+4)         James Pattinson   Aus         506*      27.07     573 v Ind at Hyderabad 2013

40         (-1)          Shane Watson      Aus         420*      31.95     633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

45         (+3)         Kyle Abbott          SA           354*!    16.41     354 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

62         (+7)         JP Duminy            SA           284*      39.03     302 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

93         (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         141*      37.16     265 v NZ at Wellington 2005

96         (+2)         Steven Smith        Aus         138*!    47.90     138 v SA at Cape Town 2014

 

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)      Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating

1           (+2)         Vernon Philander SA           376*/ !  376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

2           (-1)          R Ashwin               Ind          373*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

3           (-1)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        364        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

4           ( – )          Stuart Broad         Eng         291        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5           ( – )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         280        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

* 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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