Rabada closes in on top spot in ICC rankings

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has moved up to No 2 in the latest ICC Test bowler rankings.

Rabada swapped places with India's Ravindra Jadeja after the completion of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi, which ended in a draw.

Meanwhile, Dale Steyn dropped two places to slot in at No 10.

Steyn, who has returned to competitive action for the Titans, is set to make his international comeback against Zimbabwe in the historic day/night 4-day Boxing Day Test in Port Elizabeth.

Among the batsmen, India captain Virat Kohli has moved up three places to grab second position after registering his career-best score of 243 in New Delhi.

Kohli, who started the series in sixth, leapfrogged Australia's David Warner, India's Cheteshwar Pujara, New Zealand's Kane Williamson and England's Joe Root from move second in the batting standings.

The India skipper also closed the gap between himself and No 1-ranked Australian Steve Smith, who is currently leading his side in the ongoing Ashes series against England where they hold a 2-0 lead after as many Tests.

Proteas' Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar remain seventh and 10th, respectively.

Top 10 Test batsmen:

1. Steve Smith (AUS) - 938

2. Virat Kohli (IND) - 893

3. Joe Root (ENG) - 879

4. Cheteshwar Pujara (IND) - 873

5. Kane Williamson (NZ) - 865

6. David Warner (AUS) - 815

7. Hashim Amla (SA) - 795

8. Azhar Ali (PAK) - 755  

9. Dinesh Chandimal (SL) - 743

10. Dean Elgar (SA) - 732

Top 10 Test bowlers:

1. James Anderson (ENG) - 894

2. Kagiso Rabada (SA) - 876

3. Ravindra Jadeja (IND) - 870

4. Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) - 829

5. Rangana Herath (SL) - 799

6. Josh Hazlewood (AUS) - 786

7. Neil Wagner (NZ) - 785

8. Mitchell Starc (AUS) - 775

9. Nathan Lyon (AUS) - 774

10. Dale Steyn (SA) - 748

Top 5 Test all-rounders:

1. Shakib Al Hasan (BANG) - 438

2. Ravindra Jadeja (IND) - 415

3. Ben Stokes (ENG) - 380

4. Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) - 369

5. Moeen Ali (ENG) - 352