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Kohli down to third spot, Rabada tops Test bowlers rankings

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Indian and swashbuckling batsman has dropped to the third spot with replacing him in the second position in the latest Test batsmen rankings released by the International Council (ICC), on Tuesday.

Kohli, who has recently returned for the national side after being rested for the series against Lanka, struggled to make runs like his team-mates during his side's 72-run defeat against in the opening Test in

The Indian has dropped 13 points after managed just five and 28 runs in the two innings of the match.

Meanwhile, Australia's is unchanged on 947 points in first position while Root has moved up to the second position with 26 points after contributing significant 141 runs in the Test.

of is standing at the fourth position followed by India's Cheteshwar Pujara, who has slipped from third to fifth.

Pujara's scores for 26 and four resulted in his total falling by 25 points.

South Africa's and have slipped three places apiece to finish in 10th and 16th positions respectively, but AB de has risen five places to 13th with a slot in the top-10 firmly within his sight.

opener Aiden Markram, who was the of the tournament in the U-19 World Cup in 2014, and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are the other big movers from the Newlands Test. Markram has moved up six places to 48th, while Pandya is now ranked 49th after rocketing 24 places.

India's Murali Vijay, and have also lost ground. Vijay is now at the 30th after dropping five places; Dhawan has slipped three places to 33rd, while Sharma has ended up 44th after falling three places.

Meanwhile, Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja, and have all achieved their career-best rankings after stroking excellent centuries in the Test.

Khawaja, who scored 171 in Australia's 649 for seven declared, has jumped eight places to the 19th after collecting 55 points; has earned 42 points for his fine 156 that has moved him from 31st to 20th spot, while his younger brother Mitchell has been rewarded for his 101 with a leap of eight places that has put him at the 57th position.

For South Africa, the victory against in Newlands has seen their become the number-one ranked bowler in the rankings.

Rabada, who was one of the stars in South Africa's successful campaign in the U-19 World Cup in the UAE in 2014, returned figures of three for 34 and two for 41 against a star-studded line-up.

For this effort, the 22-year-old has collected five points, while James Anderson, who had entered the Test as the number-one ranked bowler, dropped by the same number of points following the last Ashes Test. This 10-point swing means the South African has moved ahead of the Englishman by one point after nine points had separated the two fast bowlers leading into the two Tests.

A delighted Rabada said, "It's special to be ranked as the No. 1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It's what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game."

"Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I'm thankful for the support from my team mates. It's a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances."

Rabada is the seventh bowler to top the Test bowling rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, and

Rabada's team mate Philander is the other bowler inside the top-20 to make an impressive gain. For his match figures of nine for 75, which also earned him the of the match award, the 32-year-old has earned 67 points, which, in turn, has lifted him from 12th to sixth position.

Philander now trails Australia's sixth-ranked by eight points and has an opportunity to break into the top-five following the Centurion Test, which begins on Saturday, January 13.

Outside the top-20, India's Bhuvneshwar and of have achieved career-high rankings.

has vaulted eight places to 22nd, following figures of four for 87 and two for 33, while Cummins has leaped eight places and is now on the 28th position after match figures of eight for 119, which also earned him the player of the match award.

There is no change in the top-five of the all-rounders' list, which is still headed by Shakib Al Hasan, with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in second and third place, respectively.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 18:05 IST