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Alastair Cook moves to sixth in ICC Test Rankings

Alastair Cook has moved up in the rankings for batsmen
Alastair Cook has moved up in the rankings for batsmen

Alastair Cook has reached his highest position in the International Cricket Council Rankings for batsmen following his marathon knock for England in the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston.

The 34-year-old slammed 243 runs in the only innings England had batted that saw him earn six points and climb to the sixth position in the rankings and is just eight points behind fifth placed Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Meanwhile, England skipper Joe Root, who himself amassed 136 runs has helped him gain 14 points and is now 36 points behind Australian skipper Steven Smith at second position.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who picked five wickets apiece in the Edgbaston game have retained their places at second and seventh respectively in the rankings for bowlers.

West Indies, who lost the game by a massive margin of an innings and 209 runs have few positives coming through Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase.

Blackwood's unbeaten 79 in the first innings saw him climb six places to the 41st position while Chase's four-wicket haul has seen him positioned at 73 in the bowlers list.

The second Test between both England and West Indies will begin on 25th August in Headingley.

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