New Delhi: Australia’s batter Travis Head climbed up the ladders in the latest ranking released by the governing body of the game on Wednesday, July 12. The ranking was upgraded by International Cricket Council (ICC) after the 3rd Test match of the Ashes series.
Kane Williamson is still on top position
The 29-year-old batter made the significant improvement in his ranking and became the top-ranked batter in the longest format of the game. Travis head with the 874 points is on the second position and only few inches behind the top spot. New Zealand’s seasoned batter Kane Williamson still hold the top position with 833 points.
Head’s Ashes stats
The left-hand batter, who played a 163-run knock in the WTC final against India last month, has scored three half centuries in three Ashes Tests so far. In the third Test, he played knocks of 39 and 77. He has scored a total of 266 runs at an average of more than 44 and is now in contention to displace Williamson as the number-one Test batsman in the world.
Babar Azam gets benefit
Head’s moved up the list for batsmen marks another reshuffled at the top of the batting rankings, with Pakistan captain Babar Azam got upgraded by 3 points, he now moved to third spot. At the same time, Steve Smith slipped down at number four with a loss of two positions. Apart from this, Marnus Labushen fell in fifth and Joe Root in sixth place.
There was plenty of good news for England after a close three-wicket win in Leeds, with captain Ben Stokes, young batter Harry Brook also moved up to reach a career-best rating and 12th position after a brilliant half-century in the second innings. Ben Stokes made significant growth, his improved his ranking by 5 points.
Only Indian in Top 10
Apart from Rishabh Pant, no other Indian player featured in the top 10 list. He is followed by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who are in the 13th and 14th positions respectively.