ICC test rankings: R. Ashwin retains first place among bowlers, Rahane, Shardul move up

Dashing kicker Rishabh Pant, who is recovering from a car accident, remains the top-ranked Indian in 10th place, while skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively.

Veteran off-spinner Ashwin continues to be the highest-ranked bowler in Tests despite not being part of the Indian playing team, while fellow Ravindra Jadeja has retained his ninth spot.

However, the injured Jasprit Bumrah, who last played in Test matches in July 2022, dropped two places to eighth.

Labuschagne, Smith, Head hold the top three

Labuschagne continues to hold first place with 903 rating points, while Smith moved up to second place with 121 and 34 points.

The other WTC final centurion, Head, with 163 and 18 points, moved up three spots to a career-best third place.However, the race for second place is very close: Smith has 885 ranking points, Head has 884, and New Zealander Kane Williamson has 883.

Batters on the same side take the top three spots, a rare occurrence. The last time this happened in a Test batting ranking was in 1984, when West Indies players Gordon Greenidge (810 rating points), Clive Lloyd (787) and Larry Gomez (773) topped the list. Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey moved up 11 places to 36th after scoring 48 and 66, while spinner Nathan Lyon (up two places to sixth) and Scott Boland (up five places to 36th) also moved up after picking up five wickets each in the match.

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