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Josh Hazlewood jumps 3 spots in the latest ICC Test rankings

By Bet Barter

January 13, 2021

The ICC recently updated its list for the Test bowlers rankings. As per the rankings, Pat Cummins sits on top with 908 points to his name. At no 2 comes England bowler Stuart Broad, who has 845 points to his name. Following Stuart Broad on the list is New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner. At no 4 is Wagner’s fellow teammate Tim Southee. Southee has 811 points, while Wagner has 825 points to his name.

Australian bowler Josh Hazlewood has jumped 3 spots higher and is at no 5 on the Test rankings list. Due to an impressive Test outing against India, Hazlewood now has 805 points in total. Following Josh Hazlewood is South African sensation Kagiso Rabada. Rabada is at no 6, with 786 points in total. England bowler James Anderson has also jumped 3 spots higher, finishing at no 7 in the list. Anderson has a tally of 781 points. At no 8 is Australian bowler Mitchell Starc, with 774 points to his name. At no 9 and no 10 are Indian bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah. The former has 768, while the latter has 765 points to his name.

ICC’s top bowlers’ recent performances in the Test format

Both Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were crucial against Australia in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy. Bumrah scalped 11 wickets in 3 Tests, with a bowling average of 29.36. Meanwhile, Ashwin picked up 12 wickets with a bowling average of 28.83. Despite such figures, their numbers were inferior in comparison to their career numbers. Bumrah did not particularly impress in the Test series against Australia. Consequently, he slipped to no 10 on the list. Bumrah is also ruled out of the 4th Test against Australia.

Pat Cummins, on the other hand, was fantastic with the ball against India. The Australian bowler scalped 15 wickets with a superb bowling average of 18.13. Hazlewood, meanwhile, scalped 11 wickets with a bowling average of 18. Mitchell Starc, however, was not one to catch attention. Continuing his dismal form, Starc picked only 9 wickets in 3 Tests, with a bowling average of 31.

With the final Test to start in a couple of days, both teams will be itching to wing the 2020 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The Test series is currently at 1-1, with the last Test held at the Gabba in Brisbane. It will be quite interesting to see who has the last laugh.

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