Thanks to the match-winning double ton against New Zealand in Sydney Test, Australia’s top-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne has achieved his career-best third spot in the latest released ICC Test Player Rankings. The 25-year-old claimed 827 points and moved Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson from third place to fourth.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was the ‘Player of the Match’ in the Cape Town Test, for his outstanding performance in all the three departments of the game, marched into top-10 batsmen rankings for the second time in his career. Stokes moved from 15th to 10th position. His compatriot and the captain of England Joe Root grabbed the 7th place.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli remains at the top with 928 ratings, whereas Australia’s Steve Smith follows his competitor at the second spot with 911 points.
↗️ Labuschagne moves up to No.3
↗️ Stokes enters 🔝 10
After the conclusion of the Sydney and Cape Town Tests, players sizzle in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Men's Test Player Rankings for batting.
— ICC (@ICC) January 8, 2020
Among bowlers, the veteran English paceman James Anderson has grabbed the highest five points. The right-arm swing bowler moved from 12th to 7th position. West Indies’ Jason Holder grabbed third place with 830 points. Holder also holds the top spot among the all-rounders in Tests.
Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Mohammed Shami have retained their positions along with Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner.