Jimmy Anderson's chance to move up the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings

Jimmy Anderson and Moeen Ali
Jimmy Anderson and Moeen Ali
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New-ball bowler James Anderson will be looking to work his way back to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings as England take on Ireland in their one-off Test at Lord’s from Wednesday, only 10 days after the iconic venue hosted the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Captain Root is the highest ranked batsman from either side while Kevin O’Brien is the pick of the Ireland players in the four-day Lord’s Test

Anderson, who was overtaken by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in November last year and subsequently by the present No. 1 Pat Cummins of Australia, is ranked second and has a chance to bridge the 16-point gap in the one-off Lord’s Test before featuring in a potential direct contest with Cummins in the subsequent Ashes series.

Anderson’s fellow England fast bowler Stuart Broad (19th) will be looking to retain a top-20 place, which he has maintained since 2009, while Moeen Ali (25th, 621 points) is only 12 points behind his best ever rating points achieved in August 2017.

Captain Joe Root is the highest-ranked batsman on either side in sixth place while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are in 26th and 27th places, respectively.

 For Ireland, Kevin O’Brien’s scores of 40 and 118 on debut against Pakistan and a subsequent half-century against Afghanistan have lifted him to 68th place while Gary Wilson is 140th in the batting table. Stuart Thompson is their highest-ranked bowler in 64th position with Tim Murtagh just two places behind. Boyd Rankin, who played one Test for England in 2014, would be looking to improve his 106th position.

 In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, England will remain in fourth position and on 105 points if they win the match but will go down to 104 in case of a draw and to 102 should they suffer a loss. Ireland will gain 13 points with a draw and 30 if they win, but will still need to play another five matches for a full ranking.

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 22 July, before the one-off England-Ireland Test)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank   

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

1

Virat Kohli

India

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

K Williamson

NZ

913

53.38

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

3

C Pujara

India

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

Steve Smith

Aus

857

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5

Henry Nicholls

NZ

778*!

45.75

778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

6

Joe Root

Eng

763

49.51

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

7

David Warner

Aus

756

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

8

Aiden Markram

SA

719*

43.80

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

Q de Kock

SA

718

39.31

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

10

Faf du Plessis

SA

702

42.95

734 v India at Centurion 2018

 

Other selected rankings

Rank   

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

26

J Bairstow

Eng

626

36.95

772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

27

Jos Buttler

Eng

624

35.87

635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018

31

Ben Stokes

Eng

590

33.89

664 v WI at Lord's 2017

55

Sam Curran

Eng

504*

32.42

566 v SL at Galle 2018

68

Kevin O'Brien

Ire

448*!

56.50

448 v Afg at Dehradun 2019

140=

Gary Wilson

Ire

183*

45.00

185 v Pak at Malahide 2018

     

Tim Murtagh

Ire

183*!

45.50

183 v Afg at Dehradun 2019

142

Ed Joyce

Ire

182*

23.50

184 v Pak at Malahide 2018

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank   

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

1

Pat Cummins

Aus

878*!

22.02

878 v SL at Canberra 2019

2

J Anderson

Eng

862

26.93

903 v India at Lord's 2018

3

Kagiso Rabada

SA

851

21.77

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

4

V Philander

SA

813

21.64

912 v India at Johannesburg 2013

5

Neil Wagner

NZ

801!

27.51

801 v Ban at Wellington 2019

6

R Jadeja

India

794

23.68

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

7

Trent Boult

NZ

787

27.54

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   8=

Jason Holder

WI

770*

27.69

778 v Eng at Antigua 2019

     

M Abbas

Pak

770*

18.86

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

10

R Ashwin

India

763

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank   

Player

Team

Pts

Average

Highest Rating

19

Stuart Broad

Eng

680

29.05

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

25

Moeen Ali

Eng

621

36.37

633 v WI at Edgbaston 2017

28

Ben Stokes

Eng

606!

31.92

606 v WI at St Lucia 2019

33

Chris Woakes

Eng

523*

32.94

609 v Pak at The Oval 2016

37

Adil Rashid

Eng

436*

39.83

488 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018

40

Jack Leach

Eng

402*

24.90

414 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018

64=

S Thompson

Ire

253*!

18.57

253 v Afg at Dehradun 2019

66

Tim Murtagh

Ire

240*!

21.14

240 v Afg at Dehradun 2019

107

Boyd Rankin

Ire

60*

53.25

61 v Pak at Malahide 2018

108=

Andy McBrine

Ire

58*!

37.33

58 v Afg at Dehradun 2019

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank   

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

Jason Holder

WI

439/*

448 v Eng at Antigua 2019

2

S Al Hasan

Ban

399

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

3

R Jadeja

India

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

Ben Stokes

Eng

357

395 v WI at Lord's 2017

5

V Philander

SA

326

377 v SL at Galle 2018