England look to retain 3rd position in Windies series

 
England will have to win their upcoming three-match series against the Windies starting on Wednesday in order to retain third position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings while Australia and Sri Lanka will vie for important points in their two-match series starting a day later.
  • Australia and Sri Lanka compete in mid-table clash for important Test ranking points
  • Anderson, Khawaja, Holder and Chandimal leading players to be seen in action

 England’s challenge starts in Bridgetown with the Joe Root-led side knowing they have to win by at least a 1-0 margin to remain ahead of fourth-ranked New Zealand. A series victory will keep England ahead of New Zealand (107) on decimal points while a drawn series will see them drop to fourth position and 105 points.

 A 3-0 sweep will lift England to 109 points but they will remain behind India and South Africa, while the Windies will remain in eighth position irrespective of how the matches pans out.

 In the other series starting on Thursday, Australia and Sri Lanka will remain in fifth and sixth positions, respectively, whatever the series result. Australia will gain three points and go up to 104 if they win 2-0 with Sri Lanka losing two and going down to 89 in such a scenario. Sri Lanka can go up to 95 points and to within two points of Australia with a 2-0 series win. The predictor function is available here.

 In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, second-ranked England fast bowler James Anderson would be looking to overtake South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, with only eight points separating them while captain Joe Root will be the top-ranked batsman for the visiting side. For the Windies, Roston Chase (43rd) will the leading batsman in terms of rankings and captain Jason Holder (10th) the leading bowler.

 For Australia, the fast bowling pair of Pat Cummins (fourth) and Josh Hazlewood (11th) among bowlers and Usman Khawana (12th) among batsmen will be the ones fancying their chances of moving up high on the rankings. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal (16th) will be the top-ranked batsman for the visiting side in the absence of Angelo Mathews while Dilruwan Perera (26th) will be their top bowler.

 Series scenarios:

 Windies v England

  • England win 3-0 – England 109 points, Windies 69 points
  • England win 2-0 – England 108, Windies 70
  • England win 1-0 or 2-1 – England 107, Windies 72
  • Drawn series – England 105, Windies 74
  • Windies win 1-0 or 2-1 – England 104, Windies 77
  • Windies win 2-0 – England 103, Windies 78
  • Windies win 1-0 – England 102, Windies 79

 

Australia v Sri Lanka

 

  • Australia win 2-0 – Australia 104 points, Sri Lanka 89 points
  • Australia win 1-0 – Australia 103, Sri Lanka 90
  • Drawn series – Australia 100, Sri Lanka 92
  • Sri Lanka win 1-0 – Australia 98, Sri Lanka 94
  • Sri Lanka win 2-0 – Australia 97, Sri Lanka 95

 

Upcoming fixtures:

Windies v England:

23-27 Jan: 1st Test, Bridgetown

31 Jan-4 Feb: 2nd Test, Antigua

9-13 Feb: 3rd Test, Gros Islet

 

Australia v Sri Lanka:

 4-28 Jan: 1st Test, Brisbane

1-5 Feb: 2nd Test, Canberra

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 21 January, before the Windies-England and Australia-Sri Lanka series):

 

RANK  TEAM              POINTS

1.      India                 116

2.      South Africa     110

3.      England           108

4.      New Zealand   107

5.      Australia           101

6.      Sri Lanka           91

7.      Pakistan            88

8.      West Indies       70

9.      Bangladesh       69

10.   Zimbabwe         13

11.   Afghanistan       00

12.   Ireland               00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 21 January, before the Windies-England and Australia-Sri Lanka Tests)

 

Batsmen (top 20)

 

Rank    Player              Team      Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

   1        Virat Kohli         Ind       922      53.76   937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

   2        K. Williamson    NZ        897      51.44   915 v SL at Wellington 2018

   3        C.  Pujara         Ind       881      51.18   888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

   4        Steve Smith      Aus      874      61.37   947 v SA at Durban 2018

   5        Joe Root           Eng      807      50.44   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   6        David Warner    Aus      772      48.20   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   7        Henry Nicholls   NZ        763*!   43.54   763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

   8        Aiden Markram SA        741*    45.96   759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

   9        D. Karunaratne SL        715       37.08   754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

  10       Hashim Amla    SA        711       47.33   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  11       Dean Elgar        SA        693       40.10   784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

  12=     A. Mathews       SL        687       44.79   877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

            U. Khawaja       Aus      687       42.11   747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

  14       Q. de Kock        SA        683       38.17   802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

  15       Tom Latham     NZ        676!     41.59   676 v SL at Christchurch 2018

  16       D. Chandimal    SL        675       43.53   755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  17       Rishabh Pant    Ind       673*!   49.71   673 v Aus at Sydney 2019

  18       Kusal Mendis    SL        671       37.90   693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

  19       Faf du Plessis   SA        667       42.07   734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

  20       Babar Azam      Pak      658!     35.28   658 v SA at Johannesburg 2019 

 

Bowlers (top 20)

 

Rank    Player              Team   Pts         Avge    Highest Rating

 

   1        K. Rabada         SA        882      21.41    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

   2        J. Anderson      Eng      874      26.98    903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

   3        V. Philander      SA        809      21.73    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   4        Pat Cummins    Aus      804*    24.51    836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

   5        R. Jadeja          Ind       794      23.68    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   6        Trent Boult        NZ        771      27.90    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   7        M. Abbas          Pak      770*    18.86    838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

   8        Tim Southee     NZ        767      29.93    799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

   9        R. Ashwin         Ind       763      25.43    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  10       Jason Holder     Win      751*    28.50    766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

  11       J. Hazlewood    Aus      743      27.14    863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  12       S. Gabriel         Win      742      29.73    757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

  13       Nathan Lyon     Aus      723      32.10    774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

  14       Neil Wagner      NZ        721      28.88    785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  15       Jasprit Bumrah  Ind       711*!   21.89    711 v Aus at Sydney 2019

  16       Yasir Shah        Pak      710      28.72    878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

  17       Mehidy Hasan   Ban      696*!   29.78    696 v Win at Dhaka 2018

  18       Stuart Broad     Eng      694      29.04    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

  19       S. Al Hasan       Ban      675      31.27    705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  20       Mitchell Starc    Aus      670      28.91    805 v SA at Durban 2018

 

All-rounders (top five)

 

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      415      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

   2        ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind       387      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3        ( - )       Jason Holder     Win      365/*   381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

   4        (+1)      Ben Stokes       Eng      342      396 v Win at Lord's 2017

   5        (-1)       V. Philander      SA        341      378 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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