Australia cricketers Steve Smith and Pat Cummins have retained their top position in the latest released MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings. The star players held their position despite Australia going down to England in the fifth Test by 135 runs in London.
Smith, who has been unstoppable in the recently concluded Ashes reclaimed his no 1 position from Virat Kohli after the second Test. He consolidated his position taking his tally of points to 937 in the fourth Test. And now has held onto it after scoring 103 runs in the final match of the series.
On the other hand, Pat Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers. He currently enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps which saw Australia retain the Ashes for the first time since 2001.
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Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh, who made significant contributions in the Oval Test also moved ahead in the list. Wade’s fourth Test century has lifted him 32 places to 78th while Marsh’s fifer has helped him gain 20 places to reach 54th place. David Warner has lost seven places to sit on the 24th spot in the list of the batsmen.
For England, Jofra Archer has entered the first 40 after producing a man of the match effort in London. Left-arm pacer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets. Jos Buttler has also moved into the top 30 after his knocks of 70 and 47 while Joe Denly moved upto the 57th place with a 94-run knock.
Here is the ICC Rankings
|1||( – )||Steve Smith||Aus||937||64.56||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|2||( – )||Virat Kohli||India||903||53.14||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|3||( – )||K Williamson||NZ||878||52.22||915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019|
|4||( – )||C Pujara||India||825||49.87||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|5||( – )||Henry Nicholls||NZ||749||44.25||778 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|6||( – )||Joe Root||Eng||731||47.91||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|7||( – )||A Rahane||India||725||42.23||825 v NZ at Indore 2016|
|8||( – )||Tim Latham||NZ||724!||44.03||724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|9||( – )||D Karunaratne||SL||723||36.93||754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018|
|10||( – )||Aiden Markram||SA||719*||43.8||759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|1||( – )||Pat Cummins||Aus||908||21.45||914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019|
|2||( – )||K Rabada||SA||851||21.77||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|3||( – )||J Bumrah||India||835*!||19.24||835 v WI at Jamaica 2019|
|4||( – )||Jason Holder||WI||814!||27.26||814 v India at Jamaica 2019|
|5||( – )||V Philander||SA||813||21.64||912 v India at Johannesburg 2013|
|6||( – )||J Anderson||Eng||798||26.94||903 v India at Lord’s 2018|
|7||( – )||Trent Boult||NZ||795||27.35||825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015|
|8||( – )||Neil Wagner||NZ||785||27.51||801 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|9||(+1)||Kemar Roach||WI||780!||26.94||780 v India at Jamaica 2019|
|10||(+1)||M Abbas||Pak||770*||18.86||838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018|