Australian batting trio makes historical past earlier than begin of Ashes


Australia will formally enter the Ashes with the very best three batsmen on this planet, after turning into the primary facet in virtually 4 a long time to say a trifecta within the ICC rankings.

Travis Head’s glowing 163 towards India at The Oval has moved him from sixth to 3rd within the newest ICC rankings, behind Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.

Head’s personal-best rating caps a surprising rise from being out of Australia’s facet forward of the final Ashes sequence 19 months in the past.

It additionally marks the primary time a crew has occupied the highest three batting spots since 1984 when West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge, Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes have been first, second and third.

“It’s cool to see us all on the high of the tree by way of the rankings,” Smith stated.

“These two particularly, the enhancements they’ve made over the past 4 or 5 years have been distinctive.

“All of us do it fully in another way. Clearly Trav comes out and performs very aggressively and takes the sport on and see ball, hit ball mentality.

“Marnus and I in all probability assume our means by way of conditions a bit of bit totally different.”

Usman Khawaja additionally makes for a fourth Australian within the high 10, albeit after dropping two spots from seventh to ninth after two low scores at The Oval.

England has only one batter within the high 15, with Joe Root at No.6.

However its bowling stays primed for the sequence.

Whereas a lot of the main focus has been on England’s batting up to now 12 months, the hosts have James Anderson (second), Ollie Robinson (sixth) and Stuart Broad (tenth) on this planet’s high 10 bowlers.

Their document has additionally improved considerably underneath coach Brendon McCullum, who has given them the liberty to set extra attacking fields within the hunt for wickets.

England’s bowlers have gone from taking a wicket as soon as each 67 balls earlier than McCullum’s arrival to each 51 balls up to now 12 months.

Their common has additionally dropped from 33.1 to twenty-eight.4, which is why Smith is aware of success on this 12 months’s Ashes for Australia will imply way over any rankings document.

“We don’t play for these causes. It’s to assist the crew have success,” Smith stated.

“The extra runs we get and keep in these rankings, it in all probability helps us out in by way of the crew as properly. That’s the vital factor.”

Pat Cummins stays at No.3 on the bowler’s checklist behind India’s omitted spinner from the Check Championship closing Ravichandran Ashwin and Anderson.