Pat Cummins is Australia’s highest-ranked bowler in five years
Pat Cummins claimed 4/39 and 6/23 in Brisbane. © AFP

Pat Cummins has become Australia‘s highest-ranked bowler in Tests in nearly five years.

Fresh from a ten-wicket haul at the Gabba which helped Australia beat Sri Lanka inside three days in the recent pink-ball Test, Cummins has moved to No 3 in the latest ICC rankings for Test bowlers with 866 ratings points, the highest any Australian has reached since Ryan Harris’ 870 in March 2014.

This home summer, Cummins – appointed Australia’s joint vice-captain last week – has taken 24 wickets at an average of 18.79. At the Gabba, he claimed a career-best 6/23 in Sri Lanka’s second innings to outdo the 6/27 he grabbed at the MCG against India in December. (READ MORE: Jason Holder is new no. 1 Test allrounder in ICC rankings)

Josh Hazlewood is Australia’s next best bowler in 11th place. Kagiso Rabada is at No 1 and England’s James Anderson at second place.

A ten-wicket haul against Sri Lanka has taken Cummins’ Test record to 90 wickets at 22.47 apiece, after 19 matches. This puts him ahead of illustrious Australian fast bowlers in Dennis Lillee, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, and Craig McDermott. Only Jeff Thompson with 91 wickets had more scalps after 19 Tests, though Cummins’ average is better.