Kagiso Rabada and Quinton de Kock have achieved career-best placements in the latest ICC Test Rankings.
Rabada has gained nine slots to reach eighth position after his player of the match performance of 10-92 in the second Test in Cape Town that helped South Africa defeat Sri Lanka by 282 runs on Friday to take a winning 2-0 lead.
Rabada, who took 14 wickets in South Africa’s successful campaign in the ICC U19 World Cup 2014 in the UAE, has gained 144 points to reach 796 points, within seven points of England pace bowler Stuart Broad.
Josh Hazlewood has moved up two slots to third place with a match haul of seven for 94 in the Sydney Test, which Australia won by 220 runs on Saturday to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan.
Hazlewood, who turned out for Australia in the ICC U19 World Cups 2008 and 2010, has gained 29 points to reach 860 points and is not far behind the India spin pair of Ravichandran Ashwin (887 points) and Ravindra Jadeja (879 points).
The Sri Lanka pair of Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara also attained career-best rankings, after great performances in the second Test against the Proteas in Newlands.
Lakmal’s six wickets have helped him move up six places to 30th position, while Kumara’s seven wickets have helped him gain 39 places to reach 67th rank.
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has continued to rise after scoring 101 and 29 in Cape Town.
The wicket-keeper batsman has not only moved up one slot to a career-best eighth position but is now also the leading batsman from his country, ahead of AB de Villiers (ninth rank) and Hashim Amla (10th rank).