Australia and Pakistan players were big movers in the latest Test rankings. Marnus Labuschagne has jumped to the second spot, leapfrogging Steve Smith and Kane Williamson in the rankings. Both the players have dropped down a place each and are placed 3rd and 4th respectively. Joe Root leads the charts with 903 points. The right-hand batter scored 74 in the first innings of the Ashes Test in Brisbane. He formed a crucial 156-run partnership with David Warner and helped the team post a massive first innings score of 425. Ever since making his Test debut for Australia in 2019, Labuschagne has been a prolific contributor to the team. The 27-year-old has so far scored 1959 runs in just 19 Test matches at an incredible average of 61.22.
Meanwhile, Travis Head’s classy 152 run knock in the first Ashes Test saw him break into the top 10 for the first time in his career. Head is placed 10th on the rankings and currently shares the position with South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock.
On the other hand, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has made another jump in the rankings for the bowlers. The left-arm pacer took three wickets in the second Test match against Bangladesh and has now moved to the third spot. His teammate, Hasan Ali has reached the 10th position on account of his good show versus Bangladesh.
Pat Cummins occupies the first spot and has solidified his place by taking seven wickets in the first Ashes Test. England pacer Ollie Robinson has also gained four places in the rankings. He is currently placed 31st with 572 points.