Joe Root and Gary Ballance performed exceptionally well in England’s first test against Sri Lanka. Root did hit a double ton in the first innings of the test while Ballance had hit a vital century in the second innings to save the English men from a batting collapse at the heaven of Lord’s this week.

And they got the price of their recent international performances. Root and Ballance have acquired their career-best rankings to date in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings For Test Batsmen.

Root hit his maiden test double hundred which helped the English man to impose a whooping first innings total of 575 runs. For this emphatic achievement, the 23-year old batsman from Yorkshire did not only won the Man of the Match award in the first test but made a jump of 15 places in the current ICC rankings and he is standing in the 23rd position at present.

The nearby English man in the rankings to Root is his captain, Alastair Cook. The English test captain stands at number 19 in test ranking and he is ahead of Root by 29 rating points. Ahead of him is Ian Bell, who stands at number 17 in the present ICC rankings and he stands at 17 with 38 rating points more than that of Root’s.

Balance had scored 23 and 104 not out in both innings respectively which made him jump 44 positions ahead in just his second test and he presently stands at 89th position/ The left handed English batsman will be aiming to improve his rankings further by playing well in the second test which starts from Friday at Headingley.

Sangakkara, after scoring his maiden test century at Lord’s has regained his position in the second spot and he regained it from Shiv Chanderpaul of West Indies. Angelo Mathews even played well and he stands at 13th spot in the ICC rankings. He retains his spot.

Mr. 360 degree, Abraham Benjamin De Villiers, in short AB De Villiers tops the list with 922 rating points.

Meanwhile there has also been a change in the top 20 spots of Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. James Anderson, after his stunning performances with the ball has jumped off to 13th spot and replaced Pakistani spinner, Abdur Rehman.

Another mentionable one is being held by Shaminda Eranga, who had a great performance in the first match and took 3 for 163 and 3 for 63 in both innings of the first test at Lord’s respectively. He has jumped upto the 27th spot in tests.