Smith and Cummins consolidate top positions in Test rankings

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.

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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 eighth.

Buttler scored 75 runs across two innings at Old Trafford
Buttler scored 75 runs across two innings at Old Trafford

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.

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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.

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

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Steve SmithAus93764.81947 v SA at Durban 2018
2( – )Virat KohliIndia90353.14937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3( – )K WilliamsonNZ87852.22915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
4( – )C PujaraIndia82549.87888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
5( – )Henry NichollsNZ74944.25778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
6( – )Joe RootEng72648.03917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
7( – )A RahaneIndia72542.23825 v NZ at Indore 2016
8( – )Tom LathamNZ724!44.03724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019
9( – )D KarunaratneSL72336.93754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
10( – )Aiden MarkramSA719*43.8759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
37(+4)Jos ButtlerEng56433.07635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018
60(+6)Tim PaineAus489*32.62528 v India at Melbourne 2018
61(+6)Rory BurnsEng487*!28.86487 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019
63(+47)Asghar AfghanAfg484*!49484 v Ban at Chittagong 2019
65(+28)Rahmat ShahAfg471*!49471 v Ban at Chittagong 2019
76(NEW)Ibrahim ZadranAfg426*!54426 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( – )Pat CumminsAus914!21.08914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2( – )K RabadaSA85121.77902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3( – )J BumrahIndia835*!19.24835 v WI at Jamaica 2019
4( – )Jason HolderWI814!27.26814 v India at Jamaica 2019
5(+1)V PhilanderSA81321.64912 v India at Johannesburg 2013
6-2J AndersonEng80626.94903 v India at Lord’s 2018
7( – )Trent BoultNZ79527.35825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015
8=( – )Neil WagnerNZ78527.51801 v Ban at Wellington 2019
(+4)J HazlewoodAus78526.13863 v India at Bengaluru 2017
10-1Kemar RoachWI780!26.94780 v India at Jamaica 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
21(+1)S Al HasanBan66331.11705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
22(+1)Taijul IslamBan65131.19666 v WI at Dhaka 2018
37(+32)Rashid KhanAfg459*!18459 v Ban at Chittagong 2019
42=(+1)Jofra ArcherEng414*!19.87414 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019
51(+1)Y AhmadzaiAfg360*!17.9360 v Ban at Chittagong 2019
66(+21)N HasanBan254*!23.7254 v Afg at Chittagong 2019
85(+21)M NabiAfg180*!31.75180 v Ban at Chittagong 2019

All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1( – )Jason HolderWI472!472 v India at Jamaica 2019
2(+1)S Al HasanBan397489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
3(+1)R JadejaIndia389438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4-2Ben StokesEng387411 v Aus at Headingley 2019
5( – )V PhilanderSA326377 v SL at Galle 2018