ICC Test Rankings: Thakur makes a huge leap, Ashwin retains 2nd spot

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Test cricket is back at its best across the globe. India are currently on their quest to maiden glory in South Africa, the iconic Ashes too is underway while the Bangla Tigers shocked the WTC champions New Zealand at their home. Amidst this full-of-action season of cricket, the ICC has released an updated list of the Test rankings.

Jamieson shines, Cummins still at the top

Kiwi sensation Kylie Jamieson reached his career-best ranking of 3rd position after his clinical performance ensured his team’s win to draw the series against Bangladesh. He became the 5th bowler of New Zealand to have touched a rating of 825 after Richard Hadlee (909 in November 1985), Neil Wagner (859 in December 2019), Tim Southee (839 in November 2021), and Trent Boult (825 in May 2015).

Trent Boult and Tim Southee retained their positions at 12th and 7th respectively. Australian captain Pat Cummin continues to be at the top of the charts. Scott Boland, the hero of the Ashes series, is now at 49th position making a jump by 24 slots.

Shardul Thakur was the biggest achiever amongst his teammates after his 8 wicket haul in the Wanderers Test earned him a rise by 10 spots to 42. Umesh Yadav too gained a place after he made a comeback in the 3rd Test against Proteas.

Smith surpasses Williamson, Elgar at 10th spot

South African seamer Duanne Olivier broke into the ICC Test rankings at 22nd place while his partner with ball Marco Jansen got elevated by 43 places to be 54th.

Coming to the batters, Steve Smith now stands ahead of Kane Williamson to be in 3rd position. English all-rounder Ben Stokes reached the 18th spot while his fellow teammate Johnny Bairstow moved up by 16 places to the 55th spot after his ton at Sydney. Proteas captain Dean Elgar returned to the Top 10 after his decisive innings of 96* to level the series against India.

Bangladesh batter Liton Das after his spectacular innings of 196 against the Blackcaps helped him earn the career-best position of 15. His captain Mominul Haque too progressed by 8 places to reach the 37th position.

India retained their position at the top of the Team rankings.

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