The International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the latest T20I players rankings following the recently concluded 3-match series between South Africa and Australia.
The latest T20I rankings saw Australian players taking a few good strides forward. Left-arm leg-spinner Ashton Agar leap-froged 6 places to No.4 while the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc also made big jumps. The Kangaroos are absolutely killing it in the format thus far and only just emerged victorious 2-1 against South Africa in an away series.
Agar has been in scintillating form as of late. The left-arm spinner recently picked up his first international five-wicket haul in the opening game of the 3-match series against South Africa in Johannesburg. The visitors emphatically won that game 107 runs. The Melbourne-born star then stole the show in the 3rd T20 as his 16-3 helped Australia hand another crushing defeat of 97 runs to the home side. Agar made his T20I debut in Johannesburg four years ago and has picked 25 wickets in 24 games.
Agar’s teammate and fellow spinner Adam Zampa jumped up one place thanks to his 5 wickets in 3 games against South Africa. Proteas bowler Tabraiz Shamshi also bagged 3 scalps and saw his ranking go up 3 places to No.5.
David Warner has showed incredible levels of consistency over the last couple of years. The veteran Aussie opener sees his ranking go up from No.25 to No.18. Warner’s teammate and skipper Aron Finch, remains the top-ranked batsman from his country and the third overall, behind Pakistan captain Babar Azam and India wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul.
Steve Smith, who recently replaced India captain Virat Kohli for the No.1 position in Tests, has brought great improvement in the T20 format as well. The former Aussie captain jumped up 25 places in the T20Is to reach No.53.