Younus Khan returns to ICC’s top ten batsmen

The Pakistan batsman is once again among the best in the world after his performances in South Africa. Despite Pakistan’s...

The Pakistan batsman is once again among the best in the world after his performances in South Africa.

Despite Pakistan’s defeat to South Africa on Sunday, there is a positive for number four Younus Khan, after his 111 in the first innings put him number nine in the ICC’s top ten.

His 221 run stand with Asad Shafiq looked to be paving the way to victory, before a poor second innings cost Pakistan the series.

For Khan though it must be reassuring to know he is still ranked amongst the world’s elite and he will be looking to salvage some respect for his side in the final Test of the series on Friday.

Another star from this current series, Hashim Amla, is the man who currently tops the rankings after his form with the bat in the last few weeks. It is the first time the South African has reached the number one spot, but he has Australian Michael Clarke and West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul breathing down his neck.

The Pakistan batsman is still some way off the number one spot he used to hold back in 2009 however, butĀ he is still the only Pakistani in the top ten – which sees three South Africans and two Englishmen.

Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is the only slight surprise of the list, as he equalled a career high of number seven in the world at the end of last year – a spot he had not held for nearly three years.

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