ICC Test Rankings: Smith, Cummins consolidate on top

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Australia batsman Steve Smith and fast bowler Pat Cummins remain at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after the Ashes, which culminated with a 135-run victory for England on Sunday as the five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw.

Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 have helped him remain 34 points ahead of Virat Kohli with 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests. Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps.

Other players from Australia to make notable gains are Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh. Wade’s fourth Test century has lifted him 32 places to 78th, his highest since being ranked 52nd in March 2013. Marsh’s maiden five-wicket haul has helped him gain 20 places to reach 54th place, his best since March 2017.

David Warner has lost seven after the Test to finish in 24th position among batsmen. He has slid 19 places during the five matches with a tally of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in fifth position. Josh Hazlewood has dropped from 12th to eighth after briefly making the top-10 among bowlers.

Virat Kohli in the second position, Cheteshwar Pujara (4) and Ajinkya Rahane (7) are the three Indians in the top ten batsmen’s list. Among the bowlers Jaspreet Bumrah is placed I the No. 3 position, while Ajay Jadeja holds third ranking among the ICC Test all-rounders.

For England, fast bowler Jofra Archer has moved into the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-innings wickets while left-arm seamer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets.

Jos Buttler’s scores of 70 and 47 have lifted him back into the world’s top 30 for the first time since January this year while Joe Denly’s career-best score of 94 has taken him to a career-highest 57th place. Rory Burns has also moved up five places to 56th position.

ICC Test  Rankings: Batsmen (Top 10) – 1. Steve Smith (Aus, 937); 2. Virat Kohli (Ind, 903); 3. K Williamson (NZ, 878); 4. Cheteshwar Pujara        (Ind, 825); 5. Henry Nicholls (NZ, 749); 6. Joe Root     (Eng, 731); 7. Ajinkya Rahane (Ind, 725); 8. Tim Latham (NZ, 724); 9. D Karunaratne (SL, 723); 10 Aiden Markram (SA, 719).

Bowlers (top 10) – 1. Pat Cummins      (Aus, 908); 2. K Rabada (SA, 851); 3. J Bumrah (Ind, 835); 4. Jason Holder   (WI, 814); 5. V Philander (SA, 813); 6. J Anderson (Eng, 798); 7. Trent Boult (NZ, 795); 8. Neil Wagner (NZ, 785); 9. Kemar Roach (WI, 7800; and  10 M. Abbas (Pak, 770).

All-rounders (top five) – 1. Jason Holder (WI, 472); S Al Hasan (Ban, 397); 3. R Jadeja (Ind, 389); 4. Ben Stokes (Eng; 387); and 5. V Philander (SA; 326).