Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne and West Indies' Jason Holder make big gains in latest ICC Test rankings

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Karunaratne and Holder have climbed up the table in the ICC rankings.

West Indies’ 2-0 series triumph over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka’s 278-run win over South Africa at Galle has seen some major movements in the ICC Test rankings.

The Caribbean side blew away Bangladesh in both Tests have now traded places in the latest ICC Test team rankings released on Sunday. West Indies are now in the eighth spot while Bangladesh have dropped down to ninth.

India continue to remain perched at the top of the table with 125 rating points, 13 ahead of South Africa who remain in second despite their heavy loss.

In the individual rankings for batsmen, Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne has, as expected, made some big gains after his stellar performance in the Galle Test. The Sri Lankan opener carried his bat in the first innings with a knock of 158 before adding 60 more runs in the second innings.

For the first time in his career, the 30-year-old has broken into the top-10 of the ICC rankings as he climbed 21 spots to claim the 10th spot in the table.

In the bowling department, West Indies’ skipper Jason Holder has made the most impressive leap after recording his career-best figures in the second Test against Bangladesh.

Holder picked up 5-44 and 6-59 in the two innings at Sabina Park and has moved up to a career-high 13th spot in the bowlers’ rankings. The West Indies skipper also gained one spot in the all-rounders’ ranking to move up to the fifth spot in the table.

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith continues to maintain his No1 ranking for batsmen despite his one-year ban from international cricket with India captain Virat Kohli retaining the second spot. South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada continues to top the bowling charts after becoming the youngest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets during the first Test at Galle.

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South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis advocates scrapping coin toss in Test cricket

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Faf du Plessis is not a big 'fan' of the coin toss.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis admits the coin toss should be scrapped after they fell to a crushing 278-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle.

The Proteas were bowled out for just 73 in their second innings as Suranga Lakmal made it two wins out of two as skipper of Sri Lanka.

“I’m a big fan of taking away the toss,” du Plessis said after the loss. “I think even in South Africa you’ll still prepare the conditions the way you prepare them now, but you just make sure that you bring some balance.

“In home conditions teams will still win the majority of the games, but you still do even it out a little. I think over the last two or three years away-records have definitely gone down, and games are finishing a lot sooner than they used to.”

The Proteas skipper added: “When I started playing Test cricket, 400s and 500s were happening quite regularly.”

South Africa were bowled out for just 73 in the second innings at Galle.

South Africa were bowled out for just 73 in the second innings at Galle.

“So I’m not just speaking about subcontinent conditions. In South Africa games hardly reach the end of day four anymore. I think that’s one of the ways you can make sure that balance is a little better.”

There have been calls for scrapping the coin toss in recent times including from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following which ICC’s Cricket Committee took up the matter for discussion during its meeting in May this year.

The committee, comprising of the likes of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Andrew Strauss and Mahela Jayawardane, recommended against scrapping the toss calling it “an integral part of Test cricket which forms part of the narrative of the game.”

The committee had “urged members to continue to focus on the delivery of pitches that provide a better balance between bat and ball in line with ICC regulations.”

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England call up James Vince to replace Dawid Malan for final ODI against India

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James Vince has been handed an England ODI recall.

James Vince has been called into England‘s squad for Tuesday’s deciding one-day international against India to allow Dawid Malan to play for the Lions.

Hampshire batsman Vince will be at Headingley as a replacement for Malan, who along with Sam Curran has been released to take part in the Lions’ four-day game against India A.

The Lions team, which includes Test opener Alastair Cook and seamer Chris Woakes, will be skippered by Surrey opener Rory Burns for the match at New Road from Monday.

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