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It's status quo as Team India, R Ashwin continue to rule Test rankings

October 31, 2016 18:47 IST

Bangladesh teenage spin sensation Mehedi Hasan rocketed into the 33rd position in the rankings for Test bowlers after bowling Bangladesh to their first-ever victory over England on Sunday

India's Ravichandran Ashwin appeals for a wicket

IMAGE: India's Ravichandran Ashwin appeals for a wicket. Photograph: BCCI

There was no change at the top of ICC Test rankings for teams and bowlers as India and its premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to their top spots respectively.

Team India led the team's table with 115 points ahead of arch-rivals Pakistan (111) and Australia (108).

England were at fourth place followed by South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe completing the list.

Bangladesh's stunning 108 runs victory in Mirpur has also earned the youngest of the 10 Test playing countries eight ranking points, taking them to 65 points, just two points behind eighth-ranked West Indies.

In contrast, fourth-ranked England have dropped to 105 points after conceding three points.

Among bowlers, Ashwin, who became the second fastest to 200 wickets during the Test series against New Zealand, maintained his position with 900 points, with South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn (878) and England's James Anderson (853) completing the top three.

Ashwin's spin partner Ravindra Jadeja was at seventh place with 805 points.

Spinner Mehedi Hasan picked six wickets to guide Bangladesh to victory against England

IMAGE: Spinner Mehedi Hasan picked six wickets to guide Bangladesh to victory against England. Photograph: Bangladesh Cricket

Ashwin also leads the all-rounders' table with 451 points, with Jadeja occupying the fifth position with 292 points.

Second-ranked Dale Steyn trails Ashwin by 22 points, while Mitchell Starc is Australia's highest-ranked bowler in eighth position -- 69 points ahead of South Africa's 10th-ranked Vernon Philander.

Bangladesh teenage spin sensation Mehedi Hasan rocketed into the 33rd position in the rankings for Test bowlers after bowling Bangladesh to their first-ever victory over England which earned the home side a 1-1 series draw in Mirpur on Sunday.

Mehedi, who won the player of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 award at the same venue eight months ago, returned with match figures of 12 for 159.

The off-spinner had entered the player rankings last week after taking seven for 138 on his debut in Chittagong.

Other bowlers to improve their rankings following the Mirpur Test are England's trio of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal celebrates with Mominul Haque after reaching his century on Friday

IMAGE: Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal celebrates with Mominul Haque after reaching his century on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Ajinkya Rahane was the top-ranked Indian batsman at No 6 with 825 points, while Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli moved up a place each to 14th and 16th spots respectively.

Despite the challenging batting conditions in Bangladesh, England captain Alastair Cook climbed one place to 11th following scores of 14 and 59.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal rose four places to 20th after scores of 104 and 40, while teammates Mominul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan climbed a rung to 26th and 27th positions respectively. Another Bangladeshi, Imrul Kayes jumped two spots to 53rd position after chipping in with scores of one and 78 in the series.

England's Joe Root dropped out of the top three and slipped two places to fifth following scores of 56 and one.

Australia captain Steve Smith starts the series against South Africa as the number-one ranked batsman, leading South Africa's third-ranked batsman Hashim Amla by 59 points.

Adam Voges (seventh), David Warner (ninth), Faf de Plessis (25th), Dean Elgar (28th) and Quinton de Kock (30th) are the other batsmen inside the top 30 to feature in the series.

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