Labuschagne, Head, Afridi achieve career-best Test rankings

Malan reclaims the No.1 spot in T20I batters list as Babar slips to third after a disappointing series against West Indies

Marnus Labuschagne keeps his eye on the ball, Australia vs England, The Ashes, 1st Test, Day 2, The Gabba, Brisbane, December 9, 2021

Marnus Labuschagne has moved up by two places to attain his career-best No.2  •  AFP/Getty Images

Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head have attained their career-best positions in the latest rankings for Test batters, with seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi also achieving the feat in the bowlers' list.
Labuschagne's 74 and Head's 152 in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba against England have helped them reach No. 2 and No. 10 respectively in the list. Labuschagne jumped two places, also moving past team-mate Steven Smith who has now slipped to No. 3, while Head has moved up by 16 places.
Another batter to have gained in the rankings from the first Ashes Test is David Warner, who jumped from ninth to sixth, while England's fast bowlers Ollie Robinson (up four places to 31st) and Mark Wood (up two places to 50th) also climbed up the bowling charts which is led by Australia captain Pat Cummins.
Meanwhile, Afridi, who picked up three wickets for 34 runs against Bangladesh in the second Test that Pakistan won by an innings and eight runs and eventually clinched the series, moved up by two places to attain his career-best third position.
For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 33 and 63 against Pakistan in the second Test, has advanced to 35th, a jump of eight places, in the batters list while also occupying the fourth place - from being fifth - among allrounders.
The latest ranking update also sees Dawid Malan reclaiming the No.1 position in the T20I batters list after Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who made scores of 0 and 7 in the series against West Indies, lost the top spot.
In the T20I bowling list, Shadab Khan was back in the top 10, gaining five slots to be ninth.