Abbas breaks into the top three of Test bowling rankings



Mohammad Abbas, the second fastest in Pakistan in 50 test windows

Right after becoming the second fastest set in Pakistan in 50 test windows, Mohammad Abbas has climbed 11 places for No. 3 in the bowling ranking. That leaves only James Anderson (899 points) and Kagiso Rabada (882) ahead of him.

Abbas played a leading role in the victory of Pakistan's 1-0 series over Australia. He collected 17 windows at an average of 10.58, which is the best for any Pakistani bowler in a series with 15 or more windows. More surprisingly, his career average of 15.64 is the best for any curve with more than 50 windows in the last 100 years.

The first three in the ranking of ICC test bowlers © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

The 28-year-old has just started playing the test cricket. He made his debut in April 2017 and 10 games in his career, already has four pitches of five fields. In the course of his 10-for-95 match against Australia in Abu Dhabi, Dale Steyn signed him on to become the world's number one bowler.

While that is still to happen, Abbas, who worked in the leather factory, earning a living through welding jobs and working as an assistant in a law firm in Sialkot, might not find many reasons to complain. He was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series after Pakistan won its biggest test victory in terms of races this week.

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