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James Anderson, Joe Root Go Up In ICC Rankings

James Anderson, Joe Root Go Up In ICC Rankings
England pacer James Anderson have climbed up the rankings in the latest list released by the ICC following his performance in the second Test against West Indies in Grenada.
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England pacer James Anderson and batsman Joe Root have climbed up the Test rankings in the latest list released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The duo who played a significant role in England’s nine-wicket win over West Indies in Grenada have both got into the top five lists of bowlers and batsmen respectively.

Root, who followed up his twin fifties in Antigua with a mammoth unbeaten knock of 182 has moved up five slots to a career-best fifth place in the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen.

The 24-year-old has been in a superb form over the last one year, notching four centuries in his last 10 Tests.

Meanwhile, Anderson’s six-wicket haul in the match, including a match-winning performance (4-43) in the second innings helped him to move up three places in the list.

The 32-year-old is now level on second place with Australian pacer Ryan Harris in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers.

Apart from Root and Anderson, the other England players who gained from the Grenada Test are Alastair Cook and batsman Gary Ballance who also moved up the ICC rankings.

The England captain has moved up two places to 27th after compiling half-centuries in both innings of the Test match.

The 25-year-old Ballance followed up his century in the first Test with twin fifties in Grenada that has enabled him to go up five places to the 17th place.

While England players made a surge in the rankings, their West Indies counterparts weren’t to be left behind with batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo moving up the rankings.

Samuels, who compiled a century in the first innings in Grenada moved three places to 28th place while Brathwaite (eight places up to 34th) and Bravo (two places up to 32nd) were rewarded for consistent performances with the willow.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara top the rankings for batsmen while South Africa’s Dale Steyn holds the number one slot among the bowlers.

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