Pat Cummins equals best ever Australian bowler’s Test rating
Fast bowler Pat Cummins has equaled the best-ever ICC Test ranking for an Australian bowler. On the batting side, Steve Smith has regained second spot following his efforts in the drawn Lord’s Ashes Test.
After claiming six wickets at Lord’s, Cummins has drawn level with Glenn McGrath on the all-time ICC Test bowler ranking adding 16 points to his tally which moved him to 914.
Aussie pace icon McGrath reached into that height back in 2001 after he took five wickets in an Ashes innings at The Oval.
Cummins is just the second Australian bowler to achieve this record ratings level.
McGrath and Cummins are joint fifth on the all-time Test bowling list, with England’s Sydney Barnes holding top spot with 932 ranking points that he achieved in 1914.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith has reached as close as nine rating points with Indian captain Virat Kohli. Smith scored 92 in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s before being struck by a fatal neck blow by English pacer Jofra Archer.
The former Aussie captain hit back to back hundreds at Edgbaston in the Ashes opener. Since his return to Test cricket on August 1, Smith has scored 378 runs in three innings at an average of 126.
India captain Kohli remained in the top with 922 points. Out of Test cricket form, David Warner dropped to four spots and rested at 11.
Jofra Archer’s incredible Test debut that earned him with a match return of 5-91 saw him enter into the Test rankings at No.83.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s 39 and 122 in his team’s six wicket win over New Zealand at Galle Test saw him achieved his career best spot of eight in Test batsman ranking.
BEST-EVER ICC TEST BOWLING RANKINGS
932 — Sydney Barnes (England) 1914
931 — George Lohmann (England) 1896
922 — Imran Khan (Pakistan) 1983
920 — Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) 2007
914 — Glenn McGrath (Australia) 2001, Pat Cummins (Australia) 2019