Latest ICC Test Players’ Rankings: Marnus Labuschagne, Babar Azam Climb Up Their Best Positions
While Marnus Labuschagne has maintained his impressive form in the day/night Perth Test against New Zealand, the Australian cricketer has climbed up to his best no.5 position in Test batting rankings. Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has also achieved his best-ever Test batting ranking by entering into the top-10 position in Test batting rankings for the first time. The left-arm pacers Neil Wagner and Mitchell Starc have also moved up in the Test bowling rankings.
On Monday (16th December), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the latest Test players’ rankings. In the last week, Australia played the home day/night Test against New Zealand while Pakistan organised the first-ever Test cricket since 2009 and that was against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi. While Australia continued their home dominance and won the Perth pink-ball Test by 296 runs, Rawalpindi Test had a draw result after several frustrating rain-interruptions for the first four days.
Marnus Labuschagne scored 193 runs in Perth Test, Babar Azam hit a ton in Rawalpindi Test
In the Perth Test, in-form Aussie batsman Marnus Labuschagne scored 143 and 50 runs respectively. The right-handed batsman has climbed up three positions in the Test batting rankings, and his new best Test batting ranking is no.5.
New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor, who was the only half-centurion from New Zealand in the Perth Test, scored 80 runs during the Kiwi’s first innings. Taylor is now in the 11th position (+5) in Test batting rankings.
Meanwhile, in-form Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has entered the top-10 position in the Test batting rankings for the first time. He scored 102 not out on the final day of the Rawalpindi Test. The top-ranked T20I batsman and no.3-ranked ODI batsman, Babar has moved up four spots to take up the ninth position in Test batting rankings.
Sri Lankan cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored 102 not out in Rawalpindi Test, has climbed up eight spots to manage the 35th position in Test batting rankings.
Pakistan cricketer Abid Ali, who is the first male cricketer to score a century both in Test and ODI debut, has started the Test batting rankings journey with the 78th position.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has retained the no.1 spot of Test batting rankings while Steven Smith has maintained the next position of this table.
Test bowling rankings
New Zealand left-arm pacer Neil Wagner, who bagged seven wickets (4/92 & 3/59) in the Perth Test, has grown up one spot to the Test bowling rankings as he is now standing in the third position.
The Player of the Match award winner in the Perth Test, the left-arm Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc has climbed up nine spots to achieve the fifth position in Test bowling rankings. Starc picked up nine wickets (5/52 & 4/45) in that match.
New Zealand right-arm pacer Tim Southee also managed to claim nine wickets (4/93 & 5/69) in that pink-ball Test match. Moving up three spots, Southee has taken himself to the 10th position in the Test bowling rankings.
Australian pacer Pat Cummins and South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada are maintaining the top two positions respectively of the ICC Test bowling rankings.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc has climbed up to the fifth position (+1) in Test all-rounder rankings. Apart from taking nine wickets, the left-handed lower-order batsman Starc also scored 30 and 23 runs respectively in that Test.
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