On the back of his remarkable vigil of 243, England’s all time leading run-getter and champion opening batsman Alastair Cook, jumped to the sixth spot in the ICC Test Batsmen Rankings.
Cook has been in the decent form of late, starting with the series against South Africa, where he got off to starts, but failed to convert them into three figures.
However, against West Indies in the pink ball Test at Birmingham, Cook was just outstanding, as his master class of 243 was enough to bat the visitors out of the game. Being clinical in his approach, Cook made his knock look like an absolute joy. With him amassing a double ton, it didn’t come as surprising news to find him ascend among the rankings, and be at the sixth spot in the elite list.
The Indian duo of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara is ahead of Cook, one at the fifth and fourth place, respectively. At number three, is New Zealand’s batting beast and run machine, Kane Williamson, who has accumulated 880 rating points.
The second spot is held by England captain Joe Root, and at the numero uno spot stands none other than Australian captain, Steven Smith, with a jaw dropping tally of 941 points.
ICC Test Batsmen Rankings:
- Steve Smith (AUS) – 941
- Joe Root (ENG) – 905
- Kane Williamson (NZ) – 880
- Cheteshwar Pujara (IND) – 876
- Virat Kohli (IND) – 806
- Alastair Cook (ENG) – 798
- Azhar Ali (PAK) – 769
- Hashim Amla (SA) – 764
- KL Rahul (IND) – 761
- Ajinkya Rahane (IND) – 760