Boland makes strong entry into ICC rankings; Anderson moves up to fifth place among bowlers

Starc overtakes Stokes to move to fifth place among allrounders

Scott Boland with the Mullagh Medal for Player of the Match, Australia vs England, 3rd Test, Melbourne, December 28, 2021

Scott Boland with the Mullagh Medal for Player of the Match after the Boxing Day Test  •  Getty Images

Australia's most recent Test debutant Scott Boland has entered the ICC rankings for bowlers on 74th place with 271 points after his impressive debut of 6 for 7 in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test. England's James Anderson, who took 4 for 33, helped him gain three places to fifth spot.
Boland was named the Player of the Match after he helped Australia win the MCG Test - by an innings an 14 runs - on the third day and retain the Ashes with a 3-0 lead.
Pat Cummins, the only bowler above 900 points, retained his top position with three wickets in the match following figures of 3 for 36 in the first innings.
Among batters, Marnus Labuschagne scored only 1 but he also retained his top spot even though his team-mate Steven Smith dropped a place to fourth, his lowest position since December 2015, with his low score of 16 in Australia's only innings.
In the allrounders' rankings, Mitchell Starc overtook Ben Stokes to move to fifth place. Along with his five wickets, Starc stayed unbeaten on 24 while Stokes scored 25 and 11, and managed just one wicket in 10.4 overs.