Australia’s in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne has continued his rise in the ICC Test Player Rankings following his knocks of 143 and 50 in the Perth Test. The knocks followed his 185 and 162 in the two Tests against Pakistan at Brisbane and Adelaide. Labuschagne, whose fortunes changed after he was brought in as concussion substitute for Steve Smith during the Ashes Test at Lord’s, moved up to number five from eight.
Australia managed to escape with a draw in the tantalising second Ashes Test at Lord's. Set to chase 267 after Ben Stokes' hundred saw England recover from a precarious position, the Aussies were in trouble as the top order succumbed yet again to Jofra Archer. The absence of the unfit Steve Smith added to the visitors' woes. However, Smith's concussion replacement Marnus Labuschagne stood up with a soild half-century to keep a rampant England at bay.