Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, whose brilliant 122 in the first Test helped his team claim a six-wicket win over New Zealand, has broken into the top 10 of the ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen, climbing four spots to No.8.
This is the highest he has been in his seven-year Test career.
Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya was also impressive in the first Test against New Zealand at Galle and has jumped nine spots ahead to No.36 in the Test Rankings for Bowlers.
He claimed six wickets in the Test, which included a five-for in the first innings, where he rattled the Kiwi top order giving his team the early advantage. Steve Smith, who followed up his twin tons at Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord’s in the second Ashes Test, has reclaimed the No.2 spot.
Jofra Archer, meanwhile, has debuted at No.83 on the bowlers’ ranking. Smith’s 92 in the second Ashes Test took his runs tally to 378 in three innings at an impressive average of 126.
Despite being banned for a year, he is only nine points behind table-topper Virat Kohli, with Smith making up 19 points on the Indian captain after his performance at Lord’s.
Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has strengthened his hold on the Rankings reaching career-high ranking points.
Several Australians have made noteworthy strides in the batting rankings owing to their performances in the ongoing Ashes series.
Travis Head climbed to No.18, while Marnus Labuschagne jumped to No.82. Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Rory Burns have made advances too.
However, Australia’s top-order players David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft have lost out.
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