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THE WEEK IN NUMBERS: RABADA ROLLS BANGLADESH, YASIR'S FIVE-FORS

Cricket by numbers...

No.3

Kagiso Rabada has risen to a career-best No.3 in the ICC Test bowler rankings after taking a ten-for against Bangladesh at Bloemfontein.

The 22-year-old claimed 15 wickets at 12.00 in the series as South Africa hammered Bangladesh in two Tests.

Rabada passed 100 Test wickets (102 at 22.71 in 22 Tests) in the series to become the youngest to reach the milestone for South Africa.

9

The ICC have given the go ahead for a Test championship and ODI league. A nine-team Test championship and 13-team one-day international league will aim to “bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket”.

5,467

The number of days Pakistan went unbeaten in Test series in UAE. Pakistan’s 2-0 loss to Sri Lanka was their first series defeat since playing their home fixtures in UAE.

5

Yasir Shah has become the first spinner to take a five-for in either innings of five consecutive Tests. The Pakistan spinner took 6 for 184 against Sri Lanka at Dubai to complete the sequence.

1st

William Porterfield’s Ireland will play their first Test match in May 2018, hosting Pakistan. Alongside Afghanistan, Ireland were awarded Test status in June, increasing the total number of Test-playing nations to 12. Ireland women played Pakistan in a Test at Dublin back in 2000.

12

South Africa’s T20 Global League has been postponed for 12 months.

Cricket South Africa’s acting chief executive Thabang Moroe said: "We have not come to this decision lightly.

"We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well.

"We will regroup and come back stronger and better."

2

The number of points Middlesex were deducted for a slow over rate against Surrey at The Oval in August. The match was abandoned when a crossbow arrow was fired onto the field, therefore denying Middlesex the opportunity to rectify their over rate. The deduction saw Middlesex relegated by one point. The ECB are said to be considering an appeal from the Lord’s-based county.

In response Somerset CEO Lee Cooper said: “We’re confident the decision of the ECB is one which will stand. However, as a precautionary measure we’ve instructed a leading London based law firm to prepare our case should the inconceivable happen. If the decision is taken to reinstate the points, we will be well placed to challenge this.

“Clearly our tactics for the last few games of the season were determined by the points we needed to achieve in order to avoid relegation, and for this goalpost to move retrospectively would be inequitable to say the least. We are assured by the ECB that this point is understood, and consequently we’re hoping for a swift conclusion in the next few days.”