A number of their players have climbed the rankings on the most current ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings as a result of victories for Australia, England, and India in their respective recent Test matches. Babar Azam has reached a career-high Test batter rating.
Babar and Steve Smith switch places as the Pakistani skipper moves up to a career-high second (875 rating points) after scoring fifty in the last Test against England. Marnus Labuschagne is closing in on him.
In contrast, Smith returned scores of 36 and 6 versus South Africa, dropping to third place and trailing Babar by five points.
Travis Head’s hot streak continues against South Africa with another another strong batting performance. He was one of the select few players at The Gabba who appeared at ease on a difficult surface for batsmen, and his contribution to Australia’s first-inning advantage was significant.
Head entered the top five Test hitters for the first time after his 92 off 96 in the first innings, which included 13 fours and a six. With 826 rating points, Head is tied with Joe Root for fourth place in the rankings.
Ben Stokes (+2 to No. 23), Ollie Pope (+1 to No. 28), and Player of the Series Harry Brook (+11 and inside the top 50 for the first time at joint No. 44) among England players all received bonuses for their outstanding performance in the final Test against Pakistan that enabled them to finish with a 3-0 victory.
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