England Players Lead Surge In ICC Test Rankings
England players, led by all-rounder Ben Stokes, have risen up the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after their 124-run win over New Zealand at Lord’s on Monday.
Stokes’ all-round performance at Lord’s, which saw him rattle up the quickest century by an England batsman since 1902, had the left-hander move up 27 places to 44th spot among Test batsmen.
The Durham all-rounder was effective with the ball too on the final day and his three-wicket haul has seen him move three spots up to 51st spot among bowlers and 12 places up to 13th spot among all-rounders.
Vice-captain Joe Root’s purple patch with the willow continued at Lord’s as he narrowly missed out on tons in both innings but his performances have seen him get into the top five rankings at fifth spot.
Skipper Alastair Cook rode on his marathon century in the second innings at Lord’s to move up six spots up to 18th position while wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler went up nine places to 56th spot.
All-rounder Moeen Ali also made progress in the batting rankings as he climbed up 13 places to go to 78th spot.
Among New Zealand batsmen, Kane Williamson’s superlative century saw him gain career-best rating points as he held on to his sixth position among batsmen.
Wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling pushed himself up five spots to 35th while all-rounder Corey Anderson rose up seven places to 76th spot.
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara is the number one ranked batsmen in Tests followed by South Africans AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla.
Among the bowlers, New Zealand seamer Trent Boult’s match haul of nine wickets at Lord’s has seen the left-arm pacer has seen him go up two spots to fourth spot.
Boult went past Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath and Australia’s Mitchell Johnson in the process and is now just a point short of Ryan Harris.
The bowler rankings continue to be led by South Africa’s Dale Steyn who remains the only one with rating points above 900.
A series win for England will see them move to third spot while New Zealand will slip down to seventh spot while a drawn series will see the visitors move a spot down to fourth spot with the hosts remaining unmoved.
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