The newest ICC Test Player Rankings have Steve Smith and Pat Cummins at the top of the batsmen and bowlers rankings respectively, as Australia defeated England by 185 runs in the fourth Test in Manchester and retained the Ashes urn.
Smith was named Man of the Match for his 211 and 82, which has helped him to 937 rating points, only 10 less than his all-time best aggregate achieved in December 2017. He is 34 points clear of India captain Virat Kohli.
Cummins picked 7/103 in the Test and equaled 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. Cummins is a good 63 rating points ahead of South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, with India’s Jasprit Bumrah in third place.
Other players to gain maximum in the points table are from Afghanistan who registered a historic win by 224 runs over Bangladesh in the one-off Test played in Chattogram. 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.
New skipper Rashid Khan’s Player of the Match effort of 11 for 104 has lifted him from 69th to 37th while all-rounder Mohammad Nabi retired from Tests in 85th position after gaining 21 slots.
ICC Test batsmen rankings:
1. Steve Smith (Aus)- 937 pts
2. Virat Kohli (Ind)- 903 pts
3. Kane Williamson (NZ)- 878 pts
4. Cheteshwar Pujara (India)- 825 pts
5. Henry Nicholls (NZ)-749 pts
ICC Test Bowlers rankings:
1. Pat Cummins (Aus)- 914 pts
2. Kagiso Rabada (SA)- 851 pts
3. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind)- 835 pts
4. Jason Holder (WI)- 814 pts
5. Vernon Philander (SA)- 813 pts