The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has managed to retain his spot on top of the ICC Test Rankings, while Marnus Labuschagne moved into the top five after his century in Australia’s first Test against New Zealand. Steve Smith fell further behind Kohli after scoring 43 and 16 in the Perth Test but stayed in the second position.
Kane Williamson, who failed to impress at the WACA, and Cheteshwar Pujara also stayed put in third and fourth positions respectively. Labuschagne has been phenomenal kept up his fine run of form, scoring 143 and 50 against New Zealand. His century in Perth was his third century in as many innings. He overtook compatriot David Warner, who witnessed a drop of two positions in the rankings.
Another player who has witnessed some huge gains in the IC Test rankings is Babar Azam. The Pakistan batsman followed up his impressive performances in Australia with a century against Sri Lanka on the last day of the first Test held in Pakistan since 2009.
Babar’s unbeaten innings of 102 saw him move up four spots to the ninth position. The top-ranked T20I batsman moved into the top 10 in Test rankings for the first time into his international Test career.
While Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada retained the top two positions in the ICC Test bowling rankings, Neil Wagner’s impressive performance in Perth saw him rise to third.
Mitchell Starc, who won the ‘Player of the Match’ in Perth for scalping as many as 9 wickets, rose to a career-high fifth position in the rankings. His 806 points are also the most he has got in his career. The veteran also moved into the top five in the all-rounder rankings.