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Steve Smith, Pat Cummins remain on top of Test ranking after Ashes heroics

Steve Smith amassed 774 runs in 10 innings of four Ashes Test he played.

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Steve Smith, Pat Cummins remain on top of Test ranking after Ashes heroics
Steve Smith and Pat Cummins ruling Test ranking. Photo: ICC

The latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking is dominated by Australian cricketers at the end of their successful run at the Ashes.

An outstanding showdown by former Australia captain Steve Smith hold his position as the best Test batsman in the ranking. He is remain 34 points ahead of Indian skipper Virat Kohli after scoring 80 and 23 in the fifth and final Ashes Test.

Smith was forced to stay in the sidelines in a match of the series due to concussion following by Jofra Archer hit, but in the remaining four matches, he mounted a monumental 774 runs.

Starting the series with being in the fourth position with 857 points, Smith stormed passed Kohli and retained his top position.

Meanwhile Australia’s fast bowler Pat Cummins is also enjoying a 57 points lead over South African Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket taker of Ashes 2019 with 29 wickets in total.

Mathew Wade gained 32 places after hitting his fourth Test century. He is now at 78th, his highest ranking so far in the career.

Mitchell Marsh’s maiden five-wicket haul has helped him to be placed at 54 after gaining 20 places.

David Warner, on his return to the era, failed to exhibit any significant remark, thus lost seven places and now ranked in 24. In five matches, Warner accumulated just 95 runs.

English fast bowler Jofra Archer has entered into the top 40 following his six-fer in the first innings of the fifth Ashes Test.

England batsman Jos Buttler has moved to top 30 batsmen after scoring 70 and 47.

The five matches Ashes series ended with 2-2 draw as England pulled a 135-run victory in the last match on Sunday.  Australia, however, retained the Ashes after winning the fourth match.

“It was a long 18 months and I have a lot of people to thank,” Smith said after he received the Compton–Miller Medal for the second consecutive Ashes series.

“I am sure over the next couple of weeks I will look back and reflect. I am proud of my performances … and to take the urn back home. That was the goal,” he added.

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