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Cummins first Aussie ICC top Test bowler since McGrath

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17th February, 2019
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Newly crowned Allan Border medallist Pat Cummins has become the first Australian bowler to top the ICC Test bowling rankings in 13 years.

Cummins’ rating of 878 in the latest rankings put him ahead of veteran Englishman James Anderson, who slightly improved his rating from 860 to 862.

Kasigo Rabada dropped 33 ratings points to 849 to slide from first to third after he collected 3-145 in South Africa’s one-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the first Test in Durban.

The last Australian to be the highest-ranked Test bowler was Glenn McGrath in 2006, while Mitchell Johnson climbed to second in March 2009.

Cummins’ fellow Test pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are ranked 12th and 15th respectively.

The Australian trio’s next chance to impress at Test level won’t come until August, when the Ashes begin in Birmingham.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon is ranked 19th.

ICC TEST BOWLER RANKINGS

1. Pat Cummins (878 points)

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2. Jimmy Anderson (862)

3. Kagiso Rabada (849)

4. Vernon Philander (821)

5. Ravindra Jadeja (794)