Australian pacer Mitchell Starc achieved his career-best ICC rankings after the Durban test against South Africa. He gained the fifth rank in the latest ICC rankings. The Australians won the first test out of four test-match series and took the lead in the series by 1-0.
Mitchel Starc took 9 wickets for 109 runs in this match and surpassed Ravi Chandran Ashwin to get his career-best ICC rank. Ashwin slipped one position to secure the sixth rank. Vernon Philander, Neil Wagner, Rangana Herath, and Morne Morkel climbed up one position each to secure last four positions in the top 10 rankings.
Coming to the batting rankings, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, David Warner and Cheteswar Pujara were in the top 6 places and Azahar Ali, Alistar Cook, and Ross Taylor achieved one position to secure a place in the top 10. Hashim Amla slipped to three places down and Mitchell Marsh climbed 13 positions to achieve 43rd rank. This is his best ICC ranking as a batsman.
Aiden Markram, former Proteas U-19 Captain gained 32 and 143 runs in the Durban test and climbed up 28 places to secure 19th position, the career-best ICC ranking for him. He achieved a place in the top 20 with his seventh test match in the international career.
Coming to the other South African players, AB De Villiers secured 12th position by scoring 71 runs in the first innings. He climbed one rank up to reach this place. Quinton De Cock, who resumed the game after a recovery from injury moved three places up to gain 22nd position.
Australia won the first test against South Africa by 118 runs by scoring 351 and 227 runs in both innings while the hosts scored 162 and 298 runs in the first and second innings respectively.