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Hazlewood the world's best paceman

08 January 2017

Australian quick Josh Hazlewood has reached a career-high in the ICC rankings and is now the highest-ranked fast bowler in the world

Australia's Josh Hazlewood is officially the world's number one Test fast bowler, according the International Cricket Council's latest player rankings.

Hazlewood, who claimed seven wickets in the Sydney Test against Pakistan, has moved up two spots to a career high of third, behind only Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Hazlewood has moved ahead of South Africa's Dale Steyn, while teammate Mitchell Starc (10th) is the only other Australian in the top 10 list.

Replay all of Pakistan's wickets

Spinner Nathan Lyon is ranked 18th and fellow tweaker Steve O'Keefe has reached a career high of 64th.

Proteas paceman Kagiso Rabada has also achieved a career-best ranking of eighth, moving up nine spots after taking 10-92 against Sri Lanka in Cape Town this week.

Australia's Steve Smith has held on to top spot in the batting rankings and is 58 points clear of India's Virat Kohli in second place.

David Warner (fifth) is the only other Australian in the top 10, while Usman Khawaja (up two places to 11th) and Peter Handscomb (up 17 spots to 38th) have reached career-best rankings. Opener Matt Renshaw, who scored his maiden Test ton in Sydney, is a career-best 53rd.

David Warner's full innings highlights

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has jumped one spot to a career-high of eighth, making him his country's highest-ranked batsman ahead of teammates AB de Villiers (ninth) and Hashim Amla (10th).

Pakistan veteran Younis Khan has been rewarded for his unbeaten 175 in Sydney with a jump of seven spots to seventh.

Younis finishes unbeaten in superb 175

Test Batting Rankings, January 8

Test Bowling Rankings, January 9

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Martin Smith is a writer for cricket.com.au. He previously wrote for Yahoo!7 Sport and Fox Sports.

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