Kagiso Rabada is not far off Jimmy Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja in the rankings. Photo: Reuters

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position among bowlers in the ICC Test Player Rankings after his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein which helped complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series.

Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match haul of 10/63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory.

He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0. 

Rabada, a star of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup when his side won it in 2014, has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India and is now on 876 points, only eight points behind second-placed India spinner Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of England.

Rabada was not the only South Africa pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain.

Du Plessis’ 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position, while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143.

Hashim Amla is the only South African in the top 10 batsmen, in seventh, while Rabada is joined by Dale Steyn in eighth among the bowlers.

In the team Test rankings, the Proteas are second on 111 rating points, behind India on 125 and England on 105.

International Cricket Council, Staff Writer