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Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has entered the top 10 of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) ODI rankings for batsmen.

The 22-year-old, who scored 100 off 109 balls in the last of the five ODIs against Australia, jumped five places to reach the 10th rank for the very first time.

Australia opener David Warner has wrested the top spot in the Player Rankings.

Warner, who struck a belligerent 179 off 128 balls to help win the final ODI in Adelaide by 57 runs on Thursday, is aiming to continue with the superb form that has seen him score six centuries in the last 11 ODIs.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has gained two slots to reach second position after finishing with nine wickets in the series against Pakistan, which included a haul of four for 42 in Adelaide.

Josh Hazlewood has also reached a career-best fifth place after gaining five positions with seven wickets in the series, while England’s Chris Woakes has moved into the top 20 with six wickets against India.

Pakistan could not improve its points position in a bid to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, even as there was little movement in the team rankings. 


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