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Babar Azam re-enters top five, Mohammad Abbas moves to eighth in Test rankings
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Babar Azam re-enters top five, Mohammad Abbas moves to eighth in Test rankings

Babar Azam has reoccupied the fifth spot in the Test rankings for batsmen following an impressive 47 in the second Test against England. Meanwhile, right-arm pacer Mohammad Abbas has gained two places to surge to the eighth position among bowlers.

Babar, who entered the Southampton clash with scores of 69 and five in the previous game at Old Trafford, batted solidly for his 127-ball stay at the crease under difficult conditions.

The England pacers generated prodigious seam movement on the two-faced surface at Ageas Bowl resulting in numerous deliveries beating the bat.

Babar weathered the storm on the first day of the rain-affected Test match before getting out to Stuart Broad the next morning.

By regaining control of the fifth slot, Babar has once again reclaimed status as the only batsman in world cricket to be ranked in the top five in all three forms of the game.

Additionally, his compatriots Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan have attained career-best rankings after racking up splendid half-centuries.

Rizwan (up to 75th) earned the man of the match prize for his gutsy 72 that helped Pakistan reach a competitive first-innings total whereas Abid (up to 49th) made the most of two spilled chances in the slips off him by smashing 60.

On the bowling front for Pakistan, Abbas has steadily risen to No. 8 as he took a couple of wickets on the final day of the drawn Test. Abbas looked the most threatening out of the Pakistan bowlers, managing to prise out the scalps of Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley.

He is still five places away from his previous career-best ranking of third that he achieved back in October 2018 but he has continued his merry run across the two England Tests thus far.

James Anderson's improved showing in the second Test (3-60) in the aftermath of a mediocre display in Manchester has allowed him to advance to the 14th position.

Stuart Broad's dominant bowling form extended to the drawn encounter as he returned striking figures of 4-56 in Pakistan's only innings.

After being controversially left out of the first match against West Indies this summer, Broad has taken 26 wickets at an average of 12.38 in the last four games.

England and Pakistan are third and fifth respectively in the World Test Championship table as they took 13 points each in the event of the draw.