James Anderson claims pole position in ICC Rankings

James Anderson was named the player of the series against West Indies
James Anderson was named the player of the series against West Indies
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England fast bowler James Anderson has reclaimed the top position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings for bowlers following his stellar performance in the third Test against West Indies at Lord's.

Anderson claimed two wickets in the first innings and followed it with a career best figure 42 for seven in the second innings and in the process became the first England bowler and sixth overall to reach 500 wickets in Test cricket.

The 35-year-old leapfrogged Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath and Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to occupy the top position in the table with a 12 point lead.

For his man of the match performance in the third Test, Ben Stokes also made a significant rise in the rankings table. Stokes' 60 run knock in the first innings saw him move to his career best position of 20 while his six wicket haul saw him climb two spots in the bowling rankings and occupy the 21st place.

Stokes has also overtaken his team-mate Moeen Ali in the all-rounder rankings where he is at fourth now.

For West Indies, Shai Hope's knocks of 29 and 62 has gained 11 points and now is placed in his career best position of 30 while Kemar Roach and Jason Holder have moved four and three places up in the bowling rankings and are positioned at 24 and 33 respectively.

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