Australian Steve Smith and Pat Cummins remains on top in Test Rankings
Australian Steve Smith and fast-growing player Pat Cummins remain at the top of the ICC Test Players Rankings after the Ashes, culminating in a 135-run win for England on Sunday when the five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw.
Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 helped him stay 34 points ahead of Virat Kohli with 937 qualifying points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth place with 857 points before his rise that came courtesy of 774 runs in four Tests. Cummins is also well away from other bowlers, enjoying a 57-point lead over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the best wicket-taker with 29 wickets.
Other Australian players who made notable gains include Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh. Wade’s fourth century of testing raised him 32 places to 78, his highest since he ranked 52nd in March 2013. Marsh’s first five-wicket course helped him win 20 places to reach 54th place, his highest mark since March 2017.
David Warner has lost seven spots after the Trial to finish 24th among the batters. He has slipped 19 places during the five games with a total of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in the fifth position. Josh Hazlewood has fallen from 12th to eighth place after being briefly among the top 10 bowlers.
For England, fast-bowling player Jofra Archer has moved to the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-inning wickets, while left-back seaman Sam Curran climbed six positions to reach 65th position with three wickets in Ashes Series 2019.
English Batsmen Jos Buttler’s scores of 70 and 47 have taken him back to the world top 30 for the first time since January this year, while Joe Denly’s 94 scores have taken him to the 57th highest of his career. Rory Burns has also climbed five spots to 56th position.