New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson has risen eight places to the best career third position in the Men’s ICC Test Rankings after a stellar showing in the two-match ICC World Test Championship series against Bangladesh, which ended in a 1 -1 draw. The 27-year-old, who finished with eight wickets, including six in the second Test in Christchurch, is only the fifth New Zealand bowler to touch the 825 rating point after Richard Hadlee (909 in November 1985), Neil Wagner (859 in December 2019), Tim Southee (839 in November 2021) and Trent Boult (825 in May 2015).
Left-arm seam Boult has also made progress in the latest weekly update which includes the fourth Ashes Test and the second Test between India and South Africa, moving up three places to 12th with nine wickets in the series.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin retained his runner-up spot.
Among New Zealand’s batters, Tom Latham has moved up two places to 11th after finishing with 267 runs in the series, while Devon Conway’s 244-run tally spanning two centuries has lifted him 18 places to 29th position after just five tests. Ross Taylor has withdrawn from Test cricket in 28th place after achieving the best fourth position of his career and 871 rating points in December 2013.
Bangladeshi Liton Das is up 17 places to the best 15th position in his career with 196 runs, while Mominul Haque (8 places up to 37th) and Najmul Hossain (up 21 places to 87th) have also made notable strides among batters. Fast bowler Ebadot Hossain is up 17 places to 88th place with nine wickets in the series, at the end of which New Zealand and Bangladesh were in sixth and seventh position respectively in the WTC points table.
The tied fourth Test between Australia and England in Sydney will see Usman Khawaja make a memorable return to the Australian team with a Player of the Match effort. With a score of 137 and 101 from the 35-year-old southpaw, he returns to the ranking as 26th on the list led by his compatriot Marnus Labuschagne.
Steve Smith has jumped Kane Williamson to third place among batters, while Scott Boland has jumped 24 places to 49th place among bowlers. Cameron Green, up 11 places to 89th among batters and 10 places to 75th among bowlers, is another Australian player to win in the rankings.
English all-rounder Ben Stokes has moved up nine spots to 18th among batters with scores of 66 and 60, while Jonny Bairstow’s punches of 113 and 41 took him 16 places to 55th. Stuart Broad is up two places to 14th and Mark Wood is up from 41st to 38th.
South African captain Dean Elgar’s match-winning knockout of 96 not out in Johannesburg has pushed him back into the top 10 for the first time since January 2019. His compatriot Temba Bavuma is four places up to 35th after his first innings of half a century.
Fast bowler Duanne Olivier has re-entered the bowlers’ list in 22nd position, while Lungi Ngidi (up three places to 27th) and Marco Jansen (up 43 places to 54th) also made progress.
For India, Shardul Thakur has moved up 10 places to 42nd place after finishing with an eight wicket game, including seven wickets in the first innings.
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