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Azhar Ali reached at career best spot in Tests

By Nilabh Aole -

Pakistan's opener, Azhar Ali has climbed to the sixth position in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test rankings for batsmen. On Saturday ICC has announced the updated rankings. 

In the Boxing Day Test against Australia, Azhar played a brilliant innings of unbeaten 205 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and that had helped him to climb 10 places in the rankings. However, despite making his personal tally of 248 runs in the match, he couldn't save him team from an innings defeat.

Previously this year, Azhar played a career-best knock of unbeaten 302 in the pink-ball Test against West Indies in Dubai. He had become the fourth Pakistan cricketer to score a triple hundred in Test history.

Meanwhile, Australia's skipper, Steve Smith ended 2016 as the No. 1 batsman in the Test rankings with 937 points. Smith scored 1,079 runs at an average of 71.93 this year. He was in prolific form during the second Test against Pakistan as he scored a brilliant 246-ball unbeaten 165. Australian opener, David Warner also gained two places to slot in at the fifth position.

India's spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also ended the year by being the No.1 and No.2 bowlers with 887 and 879 points, respectively. Kyle Abbott has also taken a jump of seven ranks and reached a 21st position as he has taken four wickets in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth.

Nilabh Aole

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