The English all-rounder Ben Stokes becomes the new no.1-ranked Test all-rounder while the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder slipped down to the no.2 position in the Test all-rounder rankings.
On Tuesday (21st July), the International Cricket Council (ICC) updated the latest Test players’ rankings, where Ben Stokes achieves his two best Test rankings – no.1 Test all-rounder (497 ratings) and no.3 Test batsman (827 ratings). In the Test batting rankings, while Steven Smith (911 ratings) and Virat Kohli (886 ratings) are on the top two positions, Stokes and Marnus Labuschagne are in the joint-third position.
All-rounder Ben Stokes won Player of the Match award in the latest Manchester Test
In the recently concluded Manchester Test, while England won by 113 runs, Stokes played the most crucial roles as he won the Player of the Match award for his outstanding all-round performances. The left-handed batsman Stokes scored his slowest Test century in the first innings (100 off 255 balls) as he scored 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes).
Later, England’s second innings, the English Test vice-captain recorded the fastest Test fifty as an England opener (50 off 36 balls) as he scored 78 not out off just 57 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes).
Moreover, the right-arm fast-medium bowler Ben Stokes managed to pick up three wickets in that entire game (1/29 & 2/30).
On the other hand, English Test captain Joe Root slipped down from no.8 to no.9 position in the Test batting rankings. In that Manchester Test, Root scored 23 and 22 runs.
English opener Dom Sibley, who scored 120 runs off 372 balls in the Manchester Test, including England’s seventh slowest Test century (100 off 312 balls), climbed up 29 positions as he is now standing at the 35th position in the Test batting rankings.
Also, the West Indies cricketer Shamarh Brooks moved up to the 45th position (+27) in the Test batting rankings for scoring 68 and 62 runs in the Manchester Test.
Test bowling rankings
Like the latest Test all-rounder rankings, the Caribbean pacer Jason Holder also slipped down to one position in the Test bowling rankings as his present status in the Test bowling rankings is the third position. New Zealand left-arm pacer Neil Wagner moved up to the second position in the Test bowling rankings while the Aussie right-arm fast bowler Pat Cummins is continuing the top position of this ranking.
English pacer Stuart Broad, who took three wickets in each innings of the Manchester Test (3/66 & 3/42), climbed up to the four spots and he is currently holding the 10th spot in the Test bowling rankings.
Also, other English pacers Chris Woakes (21st; +3) and Sam Curran (38th; +2) and the Caribbean off-spinner Roston Chase (31st; +2) have improved their Test bowling rankings.
2019-21 ICC World Test Championship
In the meantime, England have also moved up to the third position in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship points table after winning their latest Manchester Test. While India and Australia are on the top two positions in this table with 360 and 296 points respectively, England have now earned 186 points. New Zealand have now slipped down to the fourth position with 180 points. Meanwhile, West Indies have retained the seventh position in this table with 40 points.