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RABADA REACHES CAREER BEST NO. 3 RANKING

Kagiso Rabada has climbed two spots in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers to reach a career-best third place. The South Africa fast bowler now has 876 ranking points, and sits behind James Anderson (896) and Ravindra Jadeja (884). R Ashwin (852) and Rangana Herath (833) have now dropped to fourth and fifth.

Rabada took five wickets in each innings in the second Test against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein, picking up his third ten-wicket match haul in only his 22nd Test. In the process, he picked up his 100th Test wicket and became the fifth-youngest bowler to do so, behind Kapil Dev, Daniel Vettori, Waqar Younis and Harbhajan Singh.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s 2-0 series win in the UAE has moved them to sixth in the Test team rankings, above Pakistan. Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored 196 in the first innings in Sri Lanka’s 68-run in Dubai, has moved up to 17th place in the batting rankings, entering the top 20 for the first time in his 44-Test career.

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