Saeed Ajmal rise to No.2 spot mark as Abdur Rehman break into the top 10 postion

Saeed Ajmal with Abdur Rehman

Crafty off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has risen one other position and his spin combine Abdur Rehman has wrecked into the top 10 for the first time in his profession in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers which were released on Sunday after the winding up of the Abu Dhabi, Adelaide and Napier Tests.

Saeed Ajmal followed up his 10-97 in the Dubai Test with 7-130 in the Abu Dhabi Test which was sufficient to put him in front of England  pace bowler James Anderson in 2nd  position.

The 34-year-old has earned 50 ratings points for this success giving him a career-best rating, and he now leads James Anderson by 25 ratings points but motionless trails number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa by 84 ratings points.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who had figures of 2-67 and 6-25 to win the man of the match award, has jumped 5th  places to 9th  spot. The 31-year-old from Sialkot had also gained 5th  places in the bowlers' rankings after his match statistics of 4-89 in the Dubai Test.

This is following 23 years year that two Pakistan spinners figure surrounded by the top 10 of the Test player rankings. In September 1988, Abdul Qadir was ranked 5th  and Iqbal Qasim 10th , along with Imran Khan 3rd , Wasim Akram 8th  and Tauseef Ahmed 13th . The very detail that Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez are at present the two top-ranked ODI bowlers means this is certainly one of the best periods for Pakistan spinners in the the past of the game.

Also creation upward movements are Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon (all Australia), Chris Martin, Doug Bracewell (both New Zealand), whereas Monty Panesar of England has returned to the rankings in 34th position.

Peter  Siddle, who won the man of the match prize for his 6-96 in the Adelaide Test, has gained two spaces and is at the present in fourth position with a career-best rating, Ryan Harris's match statistics of 4- 112 has lifted him 4th  places to 22nd spot, whereas Nathan Lyon's match statistics of 5-111 has earned him 9th places and puts him in 43rd position.

Chris Martin has jumped three places to 13th  place following his match figures of 8-31 in the Napier Test which has also earned him the man of the award whilst Bracewell has climbed 4th  places and is now in 31st  position after his 5-38.

Mainstays of their sides' batting orders - Michael Clarke, Misbah-ul-Haq, Ricky Ponting & Ross Taylor - have made big strides in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Michael Clarke, who struck 210 and 37 and ruined up as the player of the series alongside India, has stimulated up 7th  places and now occupies 3rd  position. Ricky Ponting is the subsequently highest-ranked Australia batsman in 14th  position after he climbed 8th places next his scores of 221 & 60 not out.

Reliance ICC Test Championship table
Misbah has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 8th  position by rising six places subsequent his contributions of 84 & 12 while Ross Taylor's 122 retired hurt in Napier has lifted him three places to 17th  position.

Other famous batsmen moving up the order take in Azhar Ali in 22nd  (up by two), Andrew Strauss in 33rd up by one, Brad Haddin in 41st up by two, Asad Shafiq in 47th  up by 12, Virat Kohli in 50th  up by 17 and Bradley-John Watling in 78th  up by 23.

In the face of Pakistan having by now won its 7th  series out of 11 against England since 1983-1984, there is unmoving a lot to play for in the 3rd  and final Test which starts in Dubai on Friday 3 February.

On behalf of England, the equation is very effortless and straightforward - it has to win the Test to be certain a number-one spot at the 1 April cut-off date and with it a US$175,000 prize which is accessible yearly to the side which tops the Reliance ICC Test Championship table at the bring to an end date.

If England wins the Test, it will finish on 120 ratings points and willpower top the table irrespective of how South Africa's three-Test series in New Zealand, to be played from 7-27 March, pans out.

On the other hand, England's collapse to win the Dubai Test will give South Africa a possibility to not only get back the number-one spot but will also win the US$175,000 prize.

If England loses the Dubai Test and through it the series 3-0, it will close on 118 ratings points and can be overtaken by South Africa by a ratings point, provided South Africa sweeps the series in New Zealand.

If England reclaim a draw, then it will end on 119 ratings points but will be compressed by South Africa by 0.01 of a ratings point, again if the Proteas win all the three Tests against New Zealand.

The inducement for Pakistan is to win the Test and the series 3-0 is also high. It has the occasion to slight the break with India and Australia to just three ratings points. The two sides are at this time sitting on 111 ratings points each, except India is ranked 3rd  by a portion of a point following the home side's 4-0 series win.

A 2-1 series win will indicate it will finish on 105 ratings points, whereas a 2-0 series win will earn it 8th  ratings points and it will come to an end on 107 ratings points.

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