Marnus Labuschagne is up to third in the ICC Test batting rankings after continuing his astonishing run of form with a double century against New Zealand at Sydney, while Ben Stokes climbs to 10th after his part in England’s Cape Town victory.
Labuschagne, who was 110th at the start of 2019, now sits behind only all-time greats Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in the current charts after making 215 and 59 at the SCG.
That concluded a stunning series and summer for Australia’s number three; he made 549 runs in the three Tests against New Zealand and 896 across the season if you throw in the two games against Pakistan.
Stokes is in the top 10 for the second time in his career, jumping from 15th after making 47 and 72 to set up England’s thrilling final-day win. Dom Sibley has roared up the table from 167th to 80th after his maiden Test century in the second innings.
Mitchell Starc is back in the top five of the Test bowling rankings, while James Anderson’s seven wickets in Cape Town see him back into the top 10 at number seven after his injury problems.
Stokes also climbs to 27th, but remains third in the all-rounder rankings behind Jason Holder and Ravindra Jadeja despite his Cape Town heroics.
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Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
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The toss for the first Test has been pushed back.
The Red Rose could be without a home venue as Emirates Old Trafford is being used by England as a ‘bio-secure venue’ this summer.
Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.