Mitchell Johnson, the star of Australia’s 381 runs win over England in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, has made a return to the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.
The latest update was released on Monday, a day after Australia took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Johnson returned figures of four for 61 and five for 42 for which he has been rewarded with a jump of four places to now be in 19th position.
Johnson, the man of the match in the Brisbane Test, also notched up vital scores of 64 and 39 not out in each innings. His efforts with the bat fetched him a jump of 20 places to 78th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
The other Australia bowler to move up the chart is off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who has also made a return to the top 20 of the bowlers’ table in 18th position (up by three).
For England, the biggest mover was Stuart Broad, who has returned to the top 10 with a jump of four places to seventh. Broad returned figures of six for 81 and two for 55.
England’s Chris Tremlett made a return to the bowling rankings in 32nd place.
South Africa’s Dale Steyn continues to head the bowlers’ table with teammate Vernon Philander in second position and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath in third.
Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke has moved up a place to fourth in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Clarke notched up his 25th Test hundred when he scored 113 in the second innings of the Brisbane Test, and gained 17 ratings points to move up to 870. Before the start of the series, Clarke had his sights set on reclaiming the number-one batting rank and is now 39 ratings points behind the incumbent, AB de Villiers.
England captain Alastair Cook also made a return to the top 10, after he moved up a place to 10th.
Australia’s David Warner, meanwhile, has made it into the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career. He has jumped 18 places to 17th following his knock of 124 in the second innings of the Brisbane Test.
Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin in 42nd (up by 14) is the only other batsman outside the top 20 to make an upward movement.