James Anderson Breaches Coveted 900-point Mark

James Anderson Breaches Coveted 900-point Mark
James Anderson Breaches Coveted 900-point Mark
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James Anderson has become only the seventh England bowler and the first in 38 years from his country to breach the 900-point mark in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after an excellent performance in the second Test against India at Lord’s, which his side won by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Anderson’s outstanding match figures of nine for 43 have enabled him to reach 903 points and join a select group comprising Sydney Barnes (932), George Lohmann (931), Tony Lock (912), Ian Botham (911), Derek Underwood (907) and Alec Bedser (903), all of whom peaked at over 900 points during their careers.

Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests with 553 scalps and the only one to claim 100 Test wickets at Lord’s, is the first England bowler to breach the coveted mark since Botham touched 900 points in August 1980. Anderson now leads second-placed South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada by 21 points in the bowlers’ list.

Another one to make a mark in the Lord’s Test and whose performances reflect strongly in the latest rankings update is player of the match Chris Woakes, whose splendid century and useful bowling efforts see him move up all three charts - for batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.

Woakes, who slammed an unbeaten 137 in England’s only innings and chipped in with four wickets in the match, has gained 34 places to reach a career-best 50th position among batsmen while also moving up three places to 32nd among bowlers and by five places to seventh among all-rounders.

Another England player to catch the eye in the latest rankings is wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, whose 93-run knock has lifted him back to the top 10, in ninth place. Stuart Broad (up one place to 12th) among bowlers, and batsmen Jos Buttler (up one place to 69th) and Ollie Pope (125th), have also done well with regard to rankings.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has conceded the top spot for batsmen just over a week after overtaking Steve Smith, failing to lift his team out of difficult situations in the Lord’s Test. The India captain played knocks of 23 and 17 even as his side succumbed for 107 and 130.

The low scores and one-sided loss have led to a fall in rankings for most India players with Ravichandran Ashwin the notable exception, moving up in the list for batsmen from 67th to 57th, with defiant innings of 29 and 33 not out. Ashwin has also leap-frogged South Africa’s Vernon Philander to grab the third position among all-rounders.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has moved up 25 places to take 74th spot among bowlers.

BATSMEN (top 20)
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Points  Avge    Highest Rating
   1         (+1)        Steve Smith         Aus        929       61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018
   2         (-1)         Virat Kohli            Ind         919       53.64     934 v Eng at Edgbaston 2018
   3         ( - )         Joe Root              Eng        851       51.90     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       48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6         ( - )         C. Pujara              Ind         759       49.44     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7         ( - )         D. Karunaratne    SL          754!      37.28     754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
   8         ( - )         D. Chandimal       SL          733       44.96     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
   9         (+3)        Jonny Bairstow    Eng        729       39.24     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  10        (-1)         Dean Elgar           SA          724       41.05     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
  11        (-1)         Aiden Markram    SA          703*      47.27     759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
  12        (-1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          697       47.22     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
  13        (-1)         Kraigg Brathwaite Win        695       37.94     701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
  14        ( - )         Hashim Amla       SA          673       47.23     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
  15        ( - )         Azhar Ali              Pak        672       44.84     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  16        ( - )         Faf du Plessis      SA          665       42.33     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  17        ( - )         Alastair Cook       Eng        651       45.27     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  18        ( - )         Kusal Mendis       SL          641       36.78     693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
  19        (+1)        Usman Khawaja   Aus        633       42.00     747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
  20        (+1)        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        632       39.69     694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017 
 
BOWLERS (top 20)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Avge      Highest Rating
   1         ( - )         James Anderson  Eng        903!      26.83     903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
   2         ( - )         Kagiso Rabada    SA          882       21.71     902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
   3         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         849       23.11     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4         ( - )         Vernon Philander SA          826       21.54     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   5         ( - )         R. Ashwin             Ind         802       25.38     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6         ( - )         Pat Cummins       Aus        800*!     23.81     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   7         ( - )         Trent Boult           NZ          795       27.84     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   8         ( - )         Rangana Herath  SL          791       27.95     867 v Zim at Harare 2016
   9         ( - )         Neil Wagner         NZ          765       28.26     785 v Win at Wellington 2017
  10        ( - )         Josh Hazlewood  Aus        759       26.84     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
  11        ( - )         Shannon Gabriel  Win        757!      29.57     757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
  12        (+1)        Stuart Broad         Eng        750       28.80     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  13        (-1)         Jason Holder        Win        731*!     29.35     731 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
  14=      ( - )         Tim Southee        NZ          720       30.82     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
              ( - )         Mitchell Starc       Aus        720       28.17     805 v SA at Durban 2018
  16        ( - )         Nathan Lyon        Aus        710       32.21     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
  17        ( - )         Keshav Maharaj   SA          692*      27.65     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
  18        ( - )         Yasir Shah           Pak        683       29.44     878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
  19        ( - )         M. Shami              Ind         679       29.12     703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  20        ( - )         Kemar Roach       Win        667       28.31     774 v SA at Centurion 2014 
 
ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Highest Rating
   1         ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        420       489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         378       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3         (+1)        R. Ashwin             Ind         374       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   4         (-1)         V. Philander         SA          370       379 v SL at Galle 2018
   5         ( - )         Jason Holder        Win        354/*     355 v Ban at Jamaica 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