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David Warner’s record-breaking innings at the Adelaide Oval has helped the left hander jump into the top echelon of players according to the ICC Test batting rankings.
The latest rankings position Warner in fifth place, just behind teammate Steve Smith – who slid to second – following the two-Test series against Pakistan. Warner rose 12 spots after his destructive knock against the pink ball.
Warner was well on his way to breaking West Indian Brian Lara’s highest individual batting score of 400*, before captain Tim Paine brought a close to his mammoth innings on 335.
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The 33-year-old batted for over nine hours, hitting 39 fours and a six in his 418 ball knock.
His century was his third for the summer, with the opener also reaching three figures at the same venue against Sri Lanka in October.
Marnus Labuschagne continued his rapid rise, as Australia’s No. 3 moved into the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Labuschagne scored back-to-back centuries in 2-0 clean sweep of Pakistan, combining in a 361-run partnership with Warner.
He has now jumped 87 places in three months, moving to eighth on the ICC rankings list.
ICC TEST BATTING RANKINGS
1. Virat Kohli (India) – 928 points
2. Steve Smith (Australia) – 923 points
3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 877 points
4. Cheteshwar Pujara (India) – 791 points
5. David Warner (Australia) – 764 points
6. Ajinkya Rahane (India) – 759 points
7. Joe Root (England) – 752 points
8. Marnus Labuschagne (Australia) – 731 points
9. Henry Nicholls (New Zealand) – 726 points
10. Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka) – 723 points