Ben Stokes on a High After Epic Effort

Ben Stokes on a High After Epic Effort
Ben Stokes on a High After Epic Effort
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All-rounder Ben Stokes’s stupendous effort in the third Test against Australia at Headingly has helped him reach career-best positions among batsmen and all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

Stokes, who scored a match-winning 135 not out in the second innings to guide the team to an epic series-levelling one-wicket win and also took four important wickets, has advanced 13 slots to a career-best 13thplace in the batting rankings. He had a previous best of 19th position in October 2017.

Stokes has also moved up two places to grab the second position among all-rounders for the first time in his career, having occupied third position in September 2017. He has gained a handsome 44 points after the Headingly effort and is now on 411 points, only 22 behind Jason Holder and with a good chance of overtaking the West Indies captain during the ongoing Ashes series.

Captain Joe Root (up two places to seventh) and Joe Denly (up 15 places to 90th) are other England batsmen to move up in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account the first Test between India and the West Indies in Antigua and the second of two Tests between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo.

Fast bowler Jofra Archer is another one to make impressive gains. He has moved up to 43rd position after only his second Test, finishing with eight wickets in Headingly including a remarkable six for 45 in the first innings.

Australia’s, Pat Cummins remains comfortably at the top of the bowling list despite losing six points while his fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved from 15th to 12th place after finishing with nine wickets in the match. Batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s two half-centuries have lifted him 45 places to 37th. 

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who got scores of 81 and 102 in a player of the match effort, has moved from 21st to 11th position in the list for batsmen led by captain Virat Kohli and with another compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara occupying fourth position. 

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is in the top 10 for the first time after taking six wickets, including an astonishing five for seven in the second innings. His previous best was 15th position in January this year. Mohammad Shami (up two places to 19th) and Ishant Sharma (up four places to 21st) have also gained after the Antigua Test.

For the West Indies, Kemar Roach’s haul of five wickets has helped him move from 11th to eighth position among bowlers while Roston Chase has gone up from 45th to 38th. Holder has moved from 37th to 34thamong batsmen.

Sri Lanka may have lost the second Test to New Zealand, but captain Dimuth Karunaratne has continued his good run, reaching a career-best sixth position after scores of 65 and 21, while Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 10 places to reach 46th position.

For the visiting side, player of the match Tom Latham has moved up five places to a career-best eighth position while batsman BJ Watling, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, fast bowler Trent Boult and the spin pair of William Somerville and Ajaz Patel have all gained in the latest rankings update.

The 1-1 series draw meant that there was no change of positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings with New Zealand and Sri Lanka remaining in second and sixth positions, respectively. 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 27 August, after the Colombo, Leeds and Antigua Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Virat Kohli         India     910      53.38   937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

   2        ( - )       Steve Smith      Aus      904      63.24   947 v SA at Durban 2018

   3        ( - )       K Williamson     NZ        878      52.22   915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

   4        ( - )       C Pujara           India     856      50.49   888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   5        ( - )       Henry Nicholls   NZ        749      44.25   778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

   6        (+2)      D Karunaratne  SL        733      37.06   754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

   7        (+2)      Joe Root           Eng      726      48.20   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   8        (+5)      Tom Latham     NZ        724!     44.03   724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

   9        (-3)       A Markram        SA        719*    43.80   759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  10       (-3)       Q de Kock         SA        718      39.31   802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player                     Team   Pts    Avge    Highest Rating

11        (+10)    A Rahane               India    709  41.71   825 v NZ at Indore 2016

13        (+13)    Ben Stokes             Eng      693! 35.86   693 v Aus at Headingley 2019

27        (+5)      BJ Watling              NZ       620  38.57   644 v Eng at Headingley 2015 

 34        (+3)      Jason Holder           WI       570  33.27   581 v Eng at Barbados 2019

37=     (+45)    M Labuschagne       Aus      563*! 38.45  563 v Eng at Headingley 2019

46        (+10)    D de Silva               SL       537  33.14   612 v Zim at Harare 2016

52        (+6)      C de Grandhomme NZ       519*! 39.26  519 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

53=     (+4)      Ravindra Jadeja     India      518! 32.85   518 v WI at Antigua 2019

70        (+40)    Hanuma Vihari       India     436*! 32.44   436 v WI at Antigua 2019

90        (+15)    Joe Denly              Eng      386*! 24.33   386 v Aus at Headingley 2019

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Pat Cummins    Aus      908      21.48    914 v Eng at Lord's 2019

   2        ( - )       Kagiso Rabada SA        851      21.77    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   3        ( - )       J Anderson       Eng      814      26.94    903 v India at Lord's 2018

   4        ( - )       V Philander       SA        813      21.64    912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

   5        (+2)      Trent Boult        NZ        793      27.39    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   6        ( - )       Neil Wagner      NZ        785      27.51    801 v Ban at Wellington 2019

   7        (+9)      Jasprit Bumrah  India     774*!   20.63    774 v WI at Antigua 2019

   8        (+3)      Kemar Roach    WI        772      26.95    774 v SA at Centurion 2014

   9        (-1)       M Abbas           Pak      770*    18.86    838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

  10       (-5)       R Jadeja           India     763      23.98    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

  12       (+3)      J Hazlewood     Aus      758      26.52    863 v India at Bengaluru 2017

  19       (+2)      M Shami           India     676      29.15    703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

  21       (+4)      Ishant Sharma  India     671!     33.56    671 v WI at Antigua 2019

  38       (+7)      Roston Chase   WI        444*!   43.08    444 v India at Antigua 2019

  43       (+40)    Jofra Archer      Eng      406*!   13.53    406 v Aus at Headingley 2019

  44       (+4)      Grandhomme    NZ        399*!   30.57    399 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

  52       (+6)      W Somerville     NZ        336*!   23.69    336 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

  58=     (+3)      Ajaz Patel         NZ        296*!   32.66    296 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

  97       (+24)    J Pattinson        Aus        113*    26.64    591 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Jason Holder     WI        433/*   448 v Eng at Antigua 2019

   2        (+2)      Ben Stokes       Eng      411!     411 v Aus at Headingley 2019

   3        (-1)       S Al Hasan        Ban      399      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   4        (-1)       R Jadeja           India     395      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   5        (+1)      V Philander       SA        326      377 v SL at Galle 2018

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

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