Ashwin retains top spot among bowlers, Williamson reclaims number one position among batters.
In the latest ICC Test Rankings, Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin continues to dominate as the world’s number one bowler, while New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has surged to the top of the rankings for batters.
Ashwin, despite not featuring in the World Test Championship final against Australia, maintains his position with 860 ratings points. Australian captain Pat Cummins has climbed two spots to claim the second position with 826 points, followed closely by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada at 825. Meanwhile, English pacer James Anderson has slipped from second to fourth place with 813 points.
In the batting rankings, Kane Williamson has reclaimed the number one spot, displacing England’s Joe Root to fifth position. This marks Williamson’s sixth stint at the top, with his first reign beginning in November 2015 and his most recent in August 2021. Australia’s Steve Smith has made significant strides, jumping four places to second position after an outstanding performance in the second England-Australia Test at Lord’s. Smith’s scores of 110 and 34 have propelled him closer to Williamson, with just one point separating the two.
The competition for top positions remains intense, with Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head separated by only one point in third and fourth place, respectively. Notably, England’s Ben Duckett has soared 24 places to enter the top 20 for the first time in his career, courtesy of impressive scores of 98 and 83 in the second Ashes Test. Additionally, Ben Stokes has climbed nine places to 23rd after his valiant knock of 155 in the second innings.
In the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings, Ireland’s Harry Tector has moved up to joint-sixth position among batters following his score of 60 against Nepal in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023. Among the bowlers, Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane has risen five places to 24th after his three-wicket haul against the United Arab Emirates.