Pat Cummins finished last year as the world's top bowler.

Pat Cummins finished last year as the world's top bowler.

The Mount Riverview native capped off another stellar year ranked number one in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ratings.

He also finished as the world's highest Test wicket-taker. He took 59 wickets at an average of 20.14, well ahead of second-placed Nathan Lyons (45 at 33.27).

Cummins sits atop the ICC bowlers ranks with a rating of 902 points; second-placed Neil Wagner from New Zealand has a rating of 859. The ICC notes that "over 900 points is a supreme achievement. Few players get there, and even fewer stay there for long."

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins in action on the third day of the Sydney Test on January 5. Photo: Getty Images.

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins in action on the third day of the Sydney Test on January 5. Photo: Getty Images.

Cummins was also awarded the ABC's Alan McGilvray Medal during the Sydney Test this week (January 5) for the second successive year. Chosen by commentators, the award honours the player's achievements of the preceding year in Test cricket.

Cummins told the Gazette: "I've been really fortunate the last few years with how everything has gone, especially these last 12 months.

"To play the World Cup, retain the Ashes and have a reasonable amount of success is as good as I could have asked for and I'm enjoying playing cricket with these boys as much as I ever have."

Speaking to the Gazette after last year's Ashes series, the fast bowler's parents, Peter and Maria Cummins, said they were enormously proud of their son, both on and off the field.

"We appreciate the extensive Mountains community support from the numerous people who have had connections with our family over the years," said Peter Cummins.