Babar Azam rises to second spot in ICC Test rankings
Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam has moved up to the second position in the latest ICC test rankings after notching two half-centuries in the final Test against England in Karachi.
The performance, which saw the 27-year-old score 132 runs off 227 deliveries in the final test match against the visiting England at the National Stadium Karachi, has earned Babar a gain of second spot.
Australia’s three batters remained in the top five list with Marnus Labuschagne at the first place, Steve Smith on the third spot and Travis Head on the fourth place.
England’s Joe Root has slipped one place to fifth, while England test skipper Ben Stokes has moved up three places to 23rd and Harry Brook has moved up 12 places to 44th.
Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan lost to England in the third and final Test in Karachi by eight wickets, after going down in the first two matches by 74 runs in Rawalpindi and 26 in Multan.
It was also the first time Pakistan have lost four Tests on the trot, having been beaten by Australia in Lahore in March.
Pakistan next face New Zealand in two Tests, with the first in Karachi beginning December 26.