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ICC Test rankings: Kohli stays top, Labuschagne moves to third spot


Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne has achieved a career-best third place in the ICC Test rankings following his match winning double century against New Zealand in Sydney.

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Virat Kohli scores 27th Test hundred. Photo: BCCI

The 25-year-old moved up one slot after scores of 215 and 59 in the final Test against New Zealand. He was the highest scorer in the recently-concluded series with 549 runs, while in his five previous Test matches, Labuschagne amassed 896 runs.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli retained his top spot among batsmen. Kohli’s 928 rating points secured his place ahead of the second placed Steve Smith who acquire 911 points.

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has also made a jump of five places to enter into the top 10 rankings for batsmen.

Among others, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were dropped from their respective positions. Pujara was placed sixth with 791 points, while Rahane occupied the ninth spot with 759 points.

Among bowlers, Australian speedster Pat Cummins was at top of the ranking table with 904 points ahead of Neil Wagner (852) and West Indies’ Jason Holder (830).

Another Aussie pace star Mitchell Starc achieved a career-best fifth position in the latest ranking. With 821 points, South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada entered into the top five.

Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami are placed at the sixth, ninth and tenth spot respectively.

England’s ace pacer James Anderson moved five places up to seventh spot while Veron Philander dropped three places to eight in the world.

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