Player of the Match in the World Test Championship Final Travis Head (884 rating points), who scored 163 in the first innings, jumped three places to join Marnus Labuschagne (1st – 903 rating points) and Steve Smith (2nd – 885 rating points) in the the batting chart.
It was 39 years ago in December 1984 when three batters from the same side occupied the top three spots in the Test rankings. At that time, Gordon Greenidge (810), Clive Lloyd (787), and Larry Gomes (773) from West Indies formed the top three.
Usman Khawaja, who is 9th in the Test rankings with 777 rating points makes it four Australians in the top 10.
India’s comeback man Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday climbed to the 37th position while Shardul Thakur rose to 94th among batters, even as Ravichandran Ashwin maintained his top spot among Test bowlers despite not featuring in the WTC final.
Despite India’s 209-run loss in the marquee match, Rahane’s scores of 89 and 46 helped him return to the rankings chart in 37th position while Shardul, who scored a half-century in the first innings, moved up six places.
Dashing wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant, who is recovering following a car accident, remains the highest-ranked Indian at number 10 while skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are static on 12th and 13th spots respectively.
Veteran off-spinner Ashwin continued to be the top-ranked Test bowler, despite not being a part of the Indian playing XI, while fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja held on to his ninth spot.
However, the injured Jasprit Bumrah, who last played a Test match in July 2022, has dropped two spots to eighth.
Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey has also progressed 11 places to 36th after scoring 48 and 66 not out while spinner Nathan Lyon (up two places to sixth) and Scott Boland (up five places to 36th) have also moved up after finishing with five wickets each in the match.
(With inputs from PTI)