Chance for England to bridge gap with New Zealand in series against Pakistan
England's Craig Overton celebrates with team mates
A 2-0 win will lift England to 101 points and within one point of New Zealand, while a drawn series will see them lose one point.
England would be looking to close in on fourth-placed New Zealand in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings in an upcoming two-Test home series while Pakistan could overtake England if they pull off victories in both matches at Lord’s (24-28 May) and Headingley (1-5 June).
A 2-0 win for England will lift them to 101 points and within one point of New Zealand, with Pakistan losing six points with such a verdict and slipping to 81. A 1-0 series win will see England gain one point and reach 99 while Pakistan will be on 83 points, four points below their present tally of 87 points.
England's Chris Woakes appeals unsuccessfully
A drawn series will see England lose one point and Pakistan gain one point, while Pakistan will improve substantially if they win the series. A 1-0 series win will lift Pakistan by six points to 93 points and just one point below England while a 2-0 result will see them overtake England to reach 95 points
- England win 2-0 – England 101 points, Pakistan 81
- England win 1-0 – England 99, Pakistan 83
- Drawn series – England 97, Pakistan 88
- Pakistan win 1-0 – England 94, Pakistan 93
- Pakistan win 2-0 – Pakistan 95, England 93
England's Captain Joe Root talks with Stuart Broad
In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, England captain Joe Root is the leading batsman from either side at third position and would be looking to inch back towards the 900-point mark, which he had held on to until September last year, and close the gap of 45 points with India captain Virat Kohli (912).
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (13th), experienced opener Alastair Cook (16th) and all-rounder Ben Stokes (25th) are their other leading batsmen.
The seaming home conditions will also give fast bowler James Anderson a chance to seize back the top position as only six points separate him from South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, while 12th-ranked Stuart Broad would be looking to move into the top 10.
Pakistan's Hasan Ali celebrates with the trophy and team mates
Pakistan opener Azhar Ali (12th) dropped two places after the recent one-off Test against Ireland and this series provides him the opportunity to regain a place in the top 10 while Asad Shafiq (32nd) would be similarly looking to move up after dropping seven places following the Dublin Test.
Pace bowlers Mohammad Assad (29th) and Mohammad Amir (37th) would be relishing the prospect of playing in English conditions after tuning up well for the series including a good account in the Dublin Test.
24-28 May – 1st Test, Lord’s, London
1-5 June – 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
The Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I rankings, are updated after the end of the series and the Test predictor function is available here.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 22 May, before the England-Pakistan Test series)
Also played: Ireland – 1 match, 0 points
Yet to play their first Test: Afghanistan.
(Developed by David Kendix)
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 22 May, before the England-Pakistan series):
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||Steve Smith||Aus||929||61.37||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|2||Virat Kohli||Ind||912!||53.4||912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018|
|3||Joe Root||Eng||867||52.63||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|4||Kane Williamson||NZ||847||50.35||893 v Aus at Perth 2015|
|5||David Warner||Aus||820||48.2||880 v NZ at Perth 2015|
|6||AB de Villiers||SA||813||50.66||935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014|
|7||C. Pujara||Ind||810||50.51||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|8||Dean Elgar||SA||784!||42.58||784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|9||Aiden Markram||SA||759*!||55.55||759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|10||Hashim Amla||SA||726||48.03||907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013|
Other selected rankings
|12||Azhar Ali||Pak||718||45.84||787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016|
|13||Jonny Bairstow||Eng||702||39.2||772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017|
|16||Alastair Cook||Eng||679||45.73||874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012|
|25=||Ben Stokes||Eng||617||35.16||664 v Win at Lord's 2017|
|32||Asad Shafiq||Pak||604||39.53||758 v Eng at Lord's 2016|
|37||Sarfraz Ahmed||Pak||584||39.22||715 v SL at Galle 2015|
|45||Moeen Ali||Eng||547||32.4||655 v SA at Old Trafford 2017|
|81||Faheem Ashraf||Pak||392*!||83||392 v Ire at Malahide 2018|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||Kagiso Rabada||SA||897||21.59||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|2||James Anderson||Eng||891||27.36||896 v Win at Lord's 2017|
|3||Vernon Philander||SA||845||21.46||912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013|
|4||Ravindra Jadeja||Ind||844||23.73||899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017|
|5||R. Ashwin||Ind||803||25.56||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
|6=||Morne Morkel||SA||800!||27.66||800 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|Pat Cummins||Aus||800*!||23.81||800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018|
|8||Trent Boult||NZ||795||27.84||825 v Eng at Lord's 2015|
|9||Rangana Herath||SL||777||28.18||867 v Zim at Harare 2016|
|10||Neil Wagner||NZ||765||28.26||785 v Win at Wellington 2017|
Other selected rankings
|12||Stuart Broad||Eng||732||29.04||880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016|
|29||M. Abbas||Pak||539*!||18.78||539 v Ire at Malahide 2018|
|30||Ben Stokes||Eng||533*||34.13||596 v Win at Lord's 2017|
|33||Moeen Ali||Eng||502||40.68||633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017|
|34||Chris Woakes||Eng||489*||35.53||609 v Pak at The Oval 2016|
|37||M. Amir||Pak||453*||31.95||658 v Eng at Lord's 2010|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||S. Al Hasan||Ban||421||489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|2||R. Jadeja||Ind||391||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|3||V. Philander||SA||372||376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014|
|4||R. Ashwin||Ind||368||493 v Eng at Mohali 2016|
|5||Ben Stokes||Eng||329/*||396 v Win at Lord's 2017|
*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