Johannesburg, Mar 7: South African player Vernon Philander has reportedly taken the No.1 spot on the ICC player rankings for Test all-rounders.
Philander has markedly improved his batting in the last while and almost helped South Africa claim a famous draw on the final day of the third Test against Australia at Newlands on Wednesday.
According to Sport24, the all-rounder, who scored 51 not out as the hosts lost by 245 runs to surrender the series 2-1, has moved up two places to the top of the all-rounders’ table, pushing India’s Ravichandran Ashwin to second and is now on 376 ratings points, three ahead of Ashwin.
However, Philander has moved the bowler rankings after he picked up just one wicket in the Newlands Test and subsequently moved down a place to third, with Australia’s Ryan Harris, who ended with a match haul of seven for 95, moving up two places to a best-ever second position, the report added. (ANI)