DUBAI: Getting an immediate fruite of his hard work, Younis Khan has once again been placed in top five of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
Younis belted sixth double-century of his career which helped Pakistan to register a massive en-wicket win over England in the fourth and final Test of the series at The Oval.
Younis, who shared 11th position with India’s Ajinkya Rahane going into the final Test, slammed a fine 218 in the first innings to shoot up to fifth in the latest batting table, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith.
Younis had started the series in fifth position but had dropped out of the top 10 following the third Test at Edgbaston when he slipped from ninth position.
Rahane has also made an upward movement after an impressive performance against the West Indies in the Gros Islet Test.
Rahane has moved up three places to a career-best eighth rank after innings of 35 and 78 not out in India’s 237 runs victory over the West Indies which gave the tourists an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor’s unbeaten knocks of 124 and 67 against Zimbabwe has seen him gain five places to reach ninth rank after his team won the second Test at Bulawayo by 254 runs to clinch the two-match series 2-0.
England’s Moeen Ali has gained six places to move to 26th position, while his compatriot Jonny Bairstow (14th) and the Pakistan duo of Asad Shafiq (15th) and Azhar Ali (17th) have also gained one place each.
West Indian batsmen Darren Bravo (27th), Kraigg Braithwaite (33rd) and Marlon Samuels (40th) are other batsmen to move in the right direction.