Smith and Cummins Consolidate Top Positions in Test Rankings

Smith and Cummins Consolidate Top Positions in Test Rankings
Smith and Cummins Consolidate Top Positions in Test Rankings
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Steve Smith and Pat Cummins have consolidated their positions at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after helping Australia score a 185-run victory over England in the fourth Test in Manchester to retain The Ashes. 

 

Smith’s player of the match effort of 211 and 82 runs in the two innings has lifted him to 937 rating points, only 10 less than his all-time best aggregate achieved in December 2017. He is now 34 points ahead of India captain Virat Kohli and virtually assured of remaining at the top at the end of the five-match series. 

A match haul of seven for 103 has helped Cummins equal his career-best aggregate of 914 points, which is the joint fifth best of all time and joint best for Australia along with Glenn McGrath, who reached his best in 2001. Cummins is a good 63 rating points ahead of South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, with India’s Jasprit Bumrah in third place. Josh Hazlewood is in the top 10 for the first time this year, progressing from 12th to joint eighth. 

Jos Buttler (up four places to 37th) and Rory Burns (up six places to a career-best 61st) for England and captain Tim Paine (up six places to 60th) of Australia have also moved up the batting list in the latest rankings update carried out on Monday and which also takes into account performances in the Chattogram Test.

Afghanistan’s 224-run conquest over Bangladesh in Chattogram has resulted in major gains for their players. 

Former captain Asghar Afghan’s scores of 92 and 50 have taken him from 110th to 63rd position while Rahmat Shah’s century in the first innings has helped him move from 93rd to 65th. Captain Rashid Khan’s player of the match effort of 11 for 104 has lifted him from 69th to 37th while all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has retired from Tests in 85th position after gaining 21 slots.

For Bangladesh, left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam have inched up one slot each to 21st and 22nd, respectively. Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan has advanced 21 places to 66th position. 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 10 September 2019, after the Old Trafford and Chattogram Tests) 

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Steve Smith      Aus      937      64.81   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      726      48.03   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   7        ( - )       A Rahane         India     725      42.23   825 v NZ at Indore 2016

   8        ( - )       Tom 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*    43.80   759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  

Other selected rankings 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

  37       (+4)      Jos Buttler        Eng      564      33.07    635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018

  60       (+6)      Tim Paine         Aus      489*    32.62    528 v India at Melbourne 2018

  61       (+6)      Rory Burns       Eng      487*!   28.86    487 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019

  63       (+47)    Asghar Afghan  Afg       484*!   49.00    484 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

  65       (+28)    Rahmat Shah    Afg       471*!   49.00    471 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

  76       (NEW)  Ibrahim Zadran  Afg       426*!   54.00    426 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

  81=     (+10)    Joe Denly         Eng      418*!   24.92    418 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Pat Cummins    Aus      914!     21.08    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        (+1)      V Philander       SA        813      21.64    912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

   6        (-2)       J Anderson       Eng      806      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

            (+4)      J Hazlewood     Aus      785      26.13    863 v India at Bengaluru 2017

  10       (-1)       Kemar Roach    WI        780!     26.94    780 v India at Jamaica 2019

 

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

  21       (+1)      S Al Hasan        Ban      663      31.11    705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  22       (+1)      Taijul Islam       Ban      651      31.19    666 v WI at Dhaka 2018

  37       (+32)    Rashid Khan     Afg       459*!   18.00    459 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

  42=     (+1)      Jofra Archer      Eng      414*!   19.87    414 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019

  51       (+1)      Y Ahmadzai      Afg       360*!   17.90    360 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

  66       (+21)    N Hasan           Ban      254*!   23.70    254 v Afg at Chittagong 2019

  85       (+21)    M Nabi               Afg       180*!   31.75    180 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Jason Holder     WI        472!     472 v India at Jamaica 2019

   2        (+1)      S Al Hasan        Ban      397      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   3        (+1)      R Jadeja           India     389      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   4        (-2)       Ben Stokes       Eng      387      411 v Aus at Headingley 2019

   5        ( - )       V Philander       SA        326      377 v SL at Galle 2018

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

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