Ashes heroes enjoy rankings rise

Three of Australia’s Ashes heroes are among the biggest movers in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings with Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and Chris Rogers all making leaps forward.


Harris moved two spots to a career-best third in the bowling charts after his match figures of eight for 61 against England in Sydney helped Australia clinch a 5-0 series whitewash.

His fellow fast bowler Johnson, meanwhile, has climbed three spots to eighth on the back of a phenomenal run of success against England which saw him finish with 37 wickets and named player of the series.

The left-armer has jumped 14 spots during the five Tests.

The top two in the bowling rankings remain unchanged, with South Africa duo Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn leading the way.

A number of Australians have also been powering up the Test rankings for batsmen, with opener Rogers up 10 places to a best-ever 12th after scoring 119 in the second innings of his side’s 281-run victory at the SCG.

The 36-year-old moved 32 places over the course of the series, while two of his teammates have also rocketed up the rankings following the fifth and final Test, with Steven Smith up 20 to 21st spot and in-form wicketkeeper Brad Haddin climbing eight to 23.

For England, Ben Stokes – whose performances in the Ashes were one of the few bright spots for the tourists – has moved up 27 spots to 55th in the batting rankings.

The Durham allrounder is also up to 53rd in the bowling standings, a rise of 36 places.

Heading the batting rankings is still South Africa’s AB de Villiers, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) and Ross Taylor (New Zealand) completing the top three.