Pat Cummins Levels Australia’s Best-Ever Test Rating For A Bowler
Yet again, Pat Cummins showed his class with the ball in the recently-concluded Test match against England. This time, he is in the headlines for equalling the top record of the Australian fast bowler. The right-handed Premium fast bowler Pat Cummins levelled all-time highest bowler’s rating in Test cricket.
Top-ranked fast bowler Pat Cummins has drawn level with Glenn McGrath on the all-time ICC Test bowler ranking rating points after claiming six wickets in the drawn Lord’s Test against England.
Pat Cummins earned 914 points:
Those six wickets added 16 points to Cummins’ tally and moved him to 914, which is the highest that Australian icon McGrath managed back in 2001 after he took five wickets in an innings at The Oval to seal a 4-1 Ashes series win.
Already ranked No 1 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, Cummins took 3/61 and 3/35 across two England innings at Lord’s. He was impressive in the first Test at Edgbaston as well.
Overall, the record is the fifth-best in the world cricket. Previously, Sydney Barnes from England has earned 932 points to set the benchmark while George Lehmann bagged 931 points during his times. Later, Imran Khan earned 922 while Muttiah Muralitharan is next on the chart with 920 points. The fifth place is secured by Glenn McGrath in 2001, now, equalled by Pat Cummins.,
Going by the current form, most probably, Pat Cummins will attain the top spot in the chart with his stunning consistency. He has become lethal for Australia in this format and a lot of Tests are in the line for him.
BEST-EVER ICC TEST BOWLING RANKINGS:
932 — Sydney Barnes (England) 1914
931 — George Lohmann (England) 1896
922 — Imran Khan (Pakistan) 1983
920 — Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) 2007
914 — Glenn McGrath (Australia) 2001, Pat Cummins (Australia) 2019
Meanwhile, Steve Smith has closed the gap with No 1 Test batsman Virat Kohli to just nine rating points. Smith scored a valiant 92 at Lord’s – after scores of 142 and 144 in the Edgbaston Test victory – to regain No 2 in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. Australia leads the Ashes 1-0. The third Test starts on Thursday at Headingley.