Harris now highest-ranked Australia Test bowler at a career-best fifth, Watson, Smith climb up the batting rankings
Despite losing the five-match Ashes series 0-3 to England, Australia’s players made the biggest moves in the latestReliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests released on Monday.
The rankings were released on Monday, a day after the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval ended in a draw.
Fast bowler Ryan Harris has now become the highest-ranked Australia bowler in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.
Harris moved up two places to a career-best fifth with a best-ever 782 ratings points, one place ahead of teammate Peter Siddle. Harris’ 24 wickets in the series saw him being named the Australia Player of the Series.
England, on the other hand, continues to have three bowlers inside the top 10 of the bowlers’ table. James Anderson in ninth place has swapped positions with compatriot Stuart Broad, who is now 10th, while Graeme Swann remains in sixth,
Outside the top 20, fast bowler Mitchell Starc in 39th has moved up one place.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers is still headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn, with teammate Vernon Philander in second place and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath in third position.
Meanwhile, the England pair of Kevin Pietersen in 13th (up by one) and Jonathan Trott in 14th (up by one) has made positive movement on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
The only other England batsman to move up was Joe Root in 34th (up by one).
Outside the top 20, Player of the Match Shane Watson's 176 in the first innings helped him move up 12 places to 32nd, and Steven Smith’s first Test hundred (138 not out) also helped him jump 12 places to a career-best 43rd with best-ever 526 ratings points.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen is still headed by Hashim Amla followed by West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place and South Africa’s AB de Villiers in third position.
Reliance ICC Test Rankings table (as on 25 August)
Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 183 points and a rating of 23.