Steve Smith, who completed his twin tons at Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord’s in the second Ashes test, has retaken second place in the MRF Tires ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen. Meanwhile, Jofra Archer has debuted at number 83 in the bowler rankings.
Smiths 92 in the second Ashes test scored 378 points in three innings with an impressive average of 126 points. Although suspended for one year, he is just nine points behind leaders Virat Kohli, with Smith holding 19 points. Indian captain after appearing at Lord’s.
Pat Cummins has meanwhile strengthened his influence on the MRF Tires ICC Test Ranking for Bowlers and achieved career-best points.
Several Australians have made remarkable progress in the hit list due to their achievements in the current Ashes series. Travis Head climbed two places to 18th, while Marnus Labuschagne jumped 16 places to 82nd. Their English rivals, in particular Ben Stokes (six places to No. 26), Jonny Bairstow (seven places to No. 30) and Rory Burns (17 places to No. 64) have also made progress.
However, Australian top players David Warner (fourth), Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft (fifth) have lost.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne, whose brilliant first-tester 122 helped his team win a six-wicket win over New Zealand, broke into the top 10 and has climbed four places to eighth, the highest he has ever held in his team had seven years test career.
Among the bowlers, Archer, who scored 5/91 on his debut Test at Lord’s Match Numbers, ranks 83rd in the ranking. Jack Leach, who only played his sixth test, climbed eight places to number 40. The left-wing spinner, who made his test debut against New Zealand last year, has already picked up 24 wickets with an average of 24.16.
The Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya was also impressive in the first Test against New Zealand in Galle and has nine places ahead of 36th place. He claimed six wickets in the test, including a five-for-gate test in the first innings in which he won the kiwi – Top order rattled, giving his team the early advantage.
Cummins, who is the best wicket taker in Ashes this year with 13 headphones at 4.30pm, has also performed well with the racket and is now No. 5 in the MRF Tires Allrounder ICC test rating.