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Shaheen Afridi celebrates after taking a wicket (L) and Fawad Alam acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century. Photo: AFP
Shaheen Afridi celebrates after taking a wicket (L) and Fawad Alam acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century. Photo: AFP

Fawad Alam And Shaheen Shah Afridi Achieved Career-Best Positions In ICC Test Player Rankings

Fawad Alam, a left-handed batsman and left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi have achieved career-best positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after helping Pakistan win the second Test against the West Indies in Kingston to draw their two-match ICC World Test Championship series 1-1.

Fawad Alam’s unbeaten 124 in the first innings has helped him shoot up 34 places to 21st position. Shaheen Shah Afridi has gained 10 slots to reach the eighth position after a 10-wicket match haul that helped seal a 109-run victory and won him the Player of the Match award.

Fawad Alam (Photo-Twitter)
Fawad Alam (Photo-Twitter)

Fawad Alam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan Gain Positions In ICC Test Ratings

Fawad Alam, who has struck four centuries since his return to Test cricket in August last year, had a previous best of 47th position attained in May this year while Shaheen Shah Afridi’s 18th position before this Test was his highest.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, who also finished as the Player of the Series with 18 wickets, had started the series in 22nd position. Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed 4-43 to add to his career-best figures of 6-51 in the first innings as West Indies were dismissed for 219 on the last day to give Pakistan victory by 109 runs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi returned 6 for 51 in 1st innings to help bowl West Indies for 150.© AFP
Shaheen Shah Afridi returned 6 for 51 in 1st innings to help bowl West Indies for 150.© AFP

Captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, the two Pakistan players ahead of Fawad Alam in the batters’ list, have also gained.  Babar Azam’s scores of 75 and 33 have helped him advance one slot to the seventh position, two below his career-best fifth position in August last year, while Mohammad Rizwan is back in the top 20 with scores of 31 and 10 not out.

Jason Holder Advanced 6 Places

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali is another one to gain in the latest weekly update to the men’s rankings that is carried out across formats on Wednesdays. His three-wicket haul in the second innings has helped him progress from 48th to 44thposition.

West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder
West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder (Photo | AP)

For the West Indies, all-rounder Jason Holder has advanced six places to 37th among batters with scores of 26 and 47. Fast bowler Jayden Seales, the most successful after Shaheen Shah Afridi with 11 wickets in the series, has moved up four slots to 54th after his three first-innings wickets.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, the Pakistan pacer was the hero, finishing with a match haul of 10 wickets as West Indies folded against a well-rounded attack. It meant they will have to wait a few more years to record a first Test series win over Pakistan since 2001.

Pakistan 302 for 9 dec (Alam 124, Azam 75, Roach 3-68) and 176 for 6 dec (Butt 37, Azam 33) beat West Indies 150 (Bonner 37, Afridi 6-51) and 219 (Holder 47, Afridi 4-43, Nauman 3-52) by 109 runs

Tom Latham is an underrated weapon for the Black Caps. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 29: Tom Latham of New Zealand bats during day 1 of the second Test match between New Zealand and England at Seddon Park on November 29, 2019 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Tom Latham Leads New Zealand To First Series Win In The UK Since 1999

Tom Latham led the New Zealand team to a memorable 1-0 Test series triumph in the two-match series against hosts England, in the absence of injured Kane Williamson, which is their first in the UK since 1999.

Tom Latham, New Zealand vice-captain on Sunday said of their challengers for the World Test Championship crown, describing the Virat-Kohli unit as a “completely different side” from vanquished England.

New Zealand's Tom Latham, left, holds the winners' trophy as he stands with teammate Kane Williamson after their win in the second cricket test match against England at Edgbaston. (Photo | AP)
New Zealand’s Tom Latham holds the winners’ trophy.  (Photo | AP)

Tom Latham: India Has Got A Fantastic Set Of Bowlers And Quality Batsmen

Kane Williamson (elbow), BJ Watling (back), and Mitchel Santner (finger) were ruled out before the toss in the 2nd Test through injury and were replaced by Will Young, Tom Blundell, and Ajaz Patel. Trent Boult and Matt Henry shared the new ball in place of Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson, while Daryl Mitchell replaced Colin de Grandhomme at number seven as New Zealand made as many as 6 changes from the 1st Test.

Asked where does he see the biggest danger from India coming, Latham said, “All around the board.”

“They’ve got a fantastic set of bowlers, a lot of quality batsmen that have scored runs in different conditions all round the world. They were over here a few years ago and played really well, so we know we’ll have to play well to beat them.”

Ishant Sharma (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)
Ishant Sharma (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

While the team celebrated a fine series triumph, Tom Latham said the focus will shift to India in two days’ time.

“The preparation has been great but it’s important that we do shift our focus and adapt to a completely different side,” he said at the post-match press conference.

Ishant Sharma(3/36) and Rishabh Pant have been some of the best performers in the ongoing India intra-squad practice match in Southampton before the WTC final. Openers Shubman Gill (85 off 135 balls) and Rishabh Pant (121* off 94 balls) shone with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 54 off 76 balls in India’s intra-squad practice match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. With the ball, Mohammed Siraj impressed with figures of 2/22 on the third day of the four-day practice match.

The duo of Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway are in terrific form of late. Henry Nicholls who has a Test career average of 43.4 has averaged 47.3 in 2020 and 65.5 in 2021 amassing more than 500 runs combined in the last two years. Devon Conway, who cemented his place in the side with 200 on debut in the series opener at Lord’s, produced another valuable inning of 80 in the 2nd Test against England.

Tom Latham Stresses On Celebrating Since It Was Their First Test Series Win Since 1999 In England

Tom Latham said that India’s performances on their tour of England in 2018 — albeit in a 4-1 series defeat — showed that they would be tough to beat at the Ageas Bowl. The inaugural WTC final is scheduled to be held in Southampton from June 18-23. With the match finishing in under four days, the Kiwis will get a day extra to rest and prepare for the India challenge.

“Great to put the feet up for a day, the big challenge coming up but looking forward to celebrating, haven’t won here since 1999, so celebrate tonight and then look forward,” Latham said.

“Great support from Kiwis, the English, and also back home. The atmosphere was amazing.”

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)
New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)

New Zealand won the match by eight wickets and when asked what he would rate higher — a series triumph in England or a victory in the WTC final — Tom Latham said both.

“Both sounds pretty good. From our point of view, it was about coming here and focusing on these first two Test matches against England and trying to continue doing what we’ve been doing over a couple of years now.

“Now that we’ve ticked them off, it’s important that our focus shifts to India in a couple of days. It’s a fantastic achievement from the group. I think it’s important that we celebrate with each other. It hasn’t been done since ’99. It’s certainly an achievement that’s worth celebrating.”

“For us to come here as a group, it was about trying to play our brand of cricket and I thought we did that really well over the four days and got our rewards at the end.”

New Zealand’s first Test series win in England in 22 years moved them back to the top of the ICC rankings ahead of India. This was England’s first home Test series defeat since 2014.

England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)

We’ve Been Outplayed In All Three Departments, Particularly The Batting: Joe Root

Joe Root said that his side England needs to learn some hard lessons after losing the two-match series against New Zealand. Neil Wagner and Matt Henry took three wickets each as England was bundled out for 122 in the second innings, and in the end, New Zealand won the second Test on Day Four comfortably by eight wickets at Edgbaston, Birmingham as they reclaimed the top spot in ICC Test rankings.

Joe Root
Joe Root
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Joe Root Admits Having Been Outplayed In All Three Departments Particularly The Batting Which Was Poor In The 2nd Innings

England’s batters from No. 3 to No. 7 scored just 59 runs between them in the second innings while in the first Daniel Lawrence – with an unbeaten 81 – scored more than three times as many runs as the other four middle-order batsmen combined.
The difference was that openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley were dismissed for single figures in the second innings – Rory Burns, England’s leading run-scorer for the series with 238 at 59.50, fell for a duck – exposing England’s middle-order frailties before tea on the third afternoon.
“It’s been a frustrating and disappointing performance this week. I don’t think we’ve given a fair account of ourselves. We’ve been outplayed in all three departments, particularly the batting. We didn’t get the runs in the first innings.
“We missed chances in the field and didn’t help our bowlers in that respect. And with the bat in the second innings, we were poor,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Joe Root as saying.
Rory Burns in action (Reuters)
Rory Burns in action (Reuters) (Action Images via Reuters)

“Sometimes in Test cricket, you can have a poor session with the ball and you’re still very much in the game. But a session that like can cost you a Test. That’s where we find ourselves. It’s cost us the series and we have some hard lessons to learn. We have to look at where we can get better individually and collectively. We need to be honest about that. We have to have some hard conversations and move forward,” Joe Root added.

No England batter was able to stay at the crease for a long time in the second innings and as a result, the hosts were bundled out for 122. For the Kiwis, Matt Henry and Neil Wagner scalped three wickets each.

Joe Root: It Would Be The Wrong Time To Start Panicking As Every Single Batsman Has Proven They Can Score Big Test Runs

Zak Crawley is having a poor run as he averaged a mere 8.75 against Sri Lanka, 16.75 against India, and 5.25 against New Zealand in the ongoing Test series, but is still being persisted with. Rory Burns, despite his 132 and 81 in the two Tests, averaged a mere 5 against Pakistan and 14.5 against India in the two preceding series. Dominic Sibley’s average hasn’t been above 35 in any of the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and New Zealand.
Joe Root, the captain of the side managed only 97 runs averaging a mere 24.25 in stark contrast to Rory Burns who managed 238 runs averaging 59.5. Dominic Sibley managed 103 runs averaging 34.33. Daniel Lawrence managed 81 runs averaging 40.5.

“We have to front up, look to get better and learn some hard lessons sometimes. We’ve all underperformed this week. But we have to be constructive. I think every single one of those guys has proven they can score big Test runs.

“I think it would be the wrong time to start panicking and trying to rip up all the hard work we’ve done for such a long period of time. It’s something that historically we’ve done going into big tournaments and big Test series and it’s made things even worse,” said Joe Root.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter

“There’s a huge desire to keep getting better as a team. We know there’s talent and ability in the group. Sometimes you really learn about a group of players, going through a difficult period like this. We have had a poor week, a poor series, and have got to front up to that. But it doesn’t make them bad players.

“There’s been a lot of talk about technique and batting. My view is batting is very much an individual thing. There’s no right or wrong way of doing it. Look at the best players in the world: they all have different methods of how they play. How they stand, their bat paths, where they score their runs,” Joe Root added.

Talking about his own form, Joe Root said: “As the leading run-scorer within our squad currently I feel like I’ve put a lot of pressure on those guys by not performing myself. As a captain, you pride yourself on getting big runs and leading from the front and I’ve not managed to follow through on that. So I’ve probably compounded that situation slightly.”

England will now lock horns against India in the longest format as both these teams will play five Tests against each other, beginning August 8.

New Zealand 388 (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 80, Broad 4-48) and 41 for 2 (Latham 23*) beat England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) and 122 (Wood 29, Wagner 3-18, Henry 3-36) by eight wickets

Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP

Ravi Shastri Elated As India Retain No. 1 Spot In ICC Team Rankings After Annual Update

Ravi Shastri, India’s head coach has praised his boys for showing grit and determination to finish as the top-ranked Test team after ICC released the team rankings on Thursday.

The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) finalists India and New Zealand finished as the top two teams respectively in the ICC Men’s Test team rankings after the annual update carried out on Thursday.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri Elated To See India Crowned No. 1 In Test Rankings Yet Again Showing Resolve And Focus And Playing Tough Cricket In Tough Times

Virat Kohli’s men are closely followed by their World Test Championship final opponents, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, with a rating of 120. The Kiwis have garnered 2166 points from 18 Tests. India heads the table after gaining one rating point for an aggregate of 121, having accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches.

Taking to Twitter, Ravi Shastri wrote: This (India flag) team has shown steely resolve & unwavering focus to be crowned No. 1. It is something the boys have earned fair & square. Rules changed midway but #TeamIndia overcame every hurdle along the way. My boys played tough cricket in tough times. Super proud of this bunch.”

Virat Kohli congratulates Kane Williamson
New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson (L) hugs India’s captain Virat Kohli after New Zealand’s win (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to change the criteria for qualifying for the final in 2020. A percentage system was introduced. But India still ended as the No.1 team in the World Test Championship points table. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli and the under the watchful eyes of head coach Ravi Shastri, Team India has performed consistently well in the longest format of the game.

Ravi Shastri, the head coach of India’s men’s cricket team, applauded the “steely resolve and unwavering focus” shown by his side that saw them lead the Test rankings for the fifth consecutive year.

England Overtook Australia While South Africa Ranked 7th- Their Lowest In Test Ranking History

India gained one rating point for an aggregate of 121 and New Zealand was only one point behind after gaining two points in Thursday’s update, which eliminated results from 2017-18. India’s 2-1 win over Australia and 3-1 win over England over the past year and New Zealand’s 2-0 series win over the West Indies and Pakistan helped them keep ahead of the pack.

The latest update rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100% and those of the previous two years at 50%. It saw England (109) overtake Australia (108) to the third position as England’s 4-0 defeat to Australia in 2017-18 was dropped from the rankings.

Pakistan (94) gained three points but remained in the fifth position while the West Indies (84), who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in series played this year, moved from eighth to sixth, their best position since 2013.

India head the table with a rating of 121 having accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches. (BCCI)
India heads the table with a rating of 121 having accumulated 2914 points from 24 matches. (BCCI)

South Africa (80) was in the seventh position, equaling their lowest in Test ranking history, while Sri Lanka (78) was next on the list.

Bangladesh(46) lost five points but remained in the ninth position while Zimbabwe gained eight points(35) but was still nine points behind Bangladesh. India and New Zealand will square off in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl from June 18 to 22.

India had won the Test series against Australia despite missing key players due to injuries. At home, they overcame England by winning Tests 3-1. On both occasions, the team lost the 1st Test.

Rohit, Ashwin
Rohit, Ashwin

Rohit Sharma And Ravichandran Ashwin Gain In ICC Test Rankings

Rohit Sharma, Indian opener, and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin have made notable gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after playing defining roles in a massive 317-run victory over England in the second Test that levelled the four-match series 1-1.

Rohit Sharma’s first innings score of 161, which set the platform for a series-levelling win that kept India in contention to reach the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, has helped him gain nine places to reach 14th position, which is his best in Tests since November 2019.

Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma Reaches 14th Position While Ravichandran Ashwin Is Now 81st In The List Of Batsmen While Rishabh Pant Is Now At Career Best 11th Position

Rohit Sharma who is at 14th among batsmen this time around attained a career-best position in October 2019, when he was ranked 10th after notching a double century against South Africa in Ranchi in Tests.

All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin’s second-innings century at his home ground in Chennai and his 5th overall has lifted him 14 places to 81st in the list of batsmen, and he remains seventh among bowlers after grabbing eight wickets in the match. He has also gained 33 rating points to reach within three points of sixth-ranked Stuart Broad and to within 21 of second-ranked Neil Wagner.

Rohit Sharma’s 7th Test hundred helped India win the 2nd Test by a mammoth 317 run margin after losing the first Test by a 227-run margin. Rohit Sharma has scored 864 runs as an opener in 13 innings averaging 66.46 and has 4 tons there including his career-best score of 212.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who contributed with unbeaten 58 in the first innings has continued his upward movement trajectory and he attained a career-best 11th position. Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, and 8 in the 4 innings against England amassing 168 runs in 4 innings.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav returns in 50th position after picking 2 scalps on return to Test fold while left-arm spinner Axar Patel has entered the rankings in 68th place after an impressive debut that saw him take seven wickets including a five-wicket haul in the second innings.

Jack Leach Reaches 31st Position, Rahkeem Cornwall Enters Top 50 For First Time And Tamim Iqbal And Liton Das Moves Upward In Rankings

For England, left-arm spinner Jack Leach who is 2nd highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps in the ongoing series has gained six places to reach 31st position at a career-best 524 points after grabbing six wickets in the match even as several of his team-mates have slipped down the rankings including star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has lost his top position among all-rounders.

The West Indies, who pulled off a thrilling 17-run victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2nd and last Test to wrap up the two-Test series 2-0, have much to rejoice about in terms of players’ rankings. Nkrumah Bonner is in 63rd position, with scores of 90 and 38 in Dhaka helping him advance six places since his debut in the previous Test.

Rahkeem Cornwall Source: Wisden
Rahkeem Cornwall Source: Wisden

Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall’s nine wickets in the match have helped him break into the top 50 for the first time. Nkrumah Bonner scored 331 runs while Rakheem Cornwall- the 140 kg spinner picked 14 scalps and was leading wicket-taker.

West Indian wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva (up 33 places to 78th) and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (up to three places to 59th) are the other West Indies players to register upward movement. For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has moved from 37th to 32nd spot after scoring 44 and 50 in the 2nd Test.

Keeper Liton Das who amassed 200 runs has reached 54th from 65th among batsmen. Left-arm spinner Tajiul Islam is in 22nd position after his eight wickets in the match helped him gain five places. Tajiul Islam picked 12 scalps averaging 26.58.

Kane Williamson Expecting Birth Of His First Child
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Kane Williamson Joins Virat Kohli For No.2 Spot In ICC Test Rankings

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who added a third Test double ton during the first Test against West Indies, has jumped two positions to stand with Indian captain Virat Kohli in the ICC Men’s Test batsman rankings.

In Hamilton during the first Test against West Indies, Kane Williamson batted for almost two days to register his highest individual score in the extended format. While his other end kept losing wickets, the kiwi skipper orchestrated a knock of determination and discipline to score 251 runs. He tested the patience of the visitors and batted until 143rd over to put a ginormous 519 total on board in New Zealand’s first innings.

Kane Williamson Joins Virat Kohli For No.2 Spot In ICC Test Rankings

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

His prolific performance has propelled from number four position to number two to join the former no.1 Test batsman Virat Kohli in rankings with 886 points.

Apart from New Zealand captain, his teammate Tom Lathan has risen through rankings to enter in Top 10. He scored 86 runs while stitched up a match-winning partnership with Williamson.

In Top 10, Australia’s street-smart batsman Marnus Labuschagne has fallen to number four in the ranking

As far as a Test match is concerned, New Zealand registered a comfortable win after bundling out West Indies in both the innings for 138 and 247. They will play the second and last Test match of the series on December 11 at Wellington.

Virat Kohli set to play the first Test against Australia:

Virat Kohli,
Image: Getty

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who is currently leading Team India in the limited over series, will play the first test match of the four-match Test Series against Australia. It will be the maiden pink-ball Test of India on Australian soil scheduled on December 17. The Team Indian captain, after playing the opening Test match, will return home to attend the birth of his first child in India.

Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar
Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Facebook)

Top 5 Batsmen From Modern Times Who Enjoyed The Top Spot On The ICC Test Batting Rankings For Many Years

It is a great honour for a cricketer to reach on the top position in any kind of ICC players’ rankings table. The batsmen also feel the similar respects after reaching on the top position of the ICC Test batting rankings.

To achieve the top spot of the ICC Test batting rankings, the batsmen need to give their best ever effort for a long time. The batsmen, who successfully hold this spot for a long time, they maintain their best-ever performances for a long time.

Here we are talking about the top five batsmen from modern times who enjoyed the top spot on the ICC Test batting rankings for many years (information has been taken from ICC’s official ranking page)

AB de Villiers (2013-2014 and 2015)

AB de Villiers, batsmen, Test batting rankings, Enjoyed The Top Spot On The ICC Test Batting Rankings
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Former South African captain AB de Villiers was a very dangerous batsman. The right-handed batsman had the remarkable ability to score runs from all over the ground as he was famously known as the Mr. 360. Serving for South Africa between 2004 and 2018, De Villiers scored 8765 runs in 114 Tests with an average of 50.66. The right-handed batsman hit 22 centuries and 46 half-centuries during his Test career.

In late 2013, De Villiers reached the top spot on the ICC Test batting rankings for the first time, which he maintained that position till 2014. In early 2015, he again climbed up the top position on the ICC Test batting rankings. His highest Test rating was 935 (23rd February 2014), which was the joint 12th highest rating in the Test batting rankings history.

England sealed an unlikely three-wicket victory against Pakistan in the first Test (AP)
England sealed an unlikely three-wicket victory against Pakistan in the first Test (AP)

Pakistan And England Players Improve Test Rankings After First Test Against England

Pakistan opener Shan Masood’s knock of 156 has lifted him 14 places to his career-best 19th position in the latest rankings of batsmen by ICC. His solid first-innings ton reflects in ICC Men’s test player rankings which have been updated Sunday after the conclusion of the first test at Manchester.

Crucial second innings knock by England pair Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler also reflected in the rankings and former top-ranked Pakistan spinner, Yasir Shah also updated his position.

Left-hander Shan Masood’s knock of 156 which helped Pakistan to take 107 first-innings lead and lifted him 14 places to his career-best 19th position in the rankings. He is now the second-highest ranked Pakistan Test batsman after Babar Azam who is placed sixth. His previous best was 32 position which was in February in 2020.


Shan Masood celebrates his hundred  Getty Images
Shan Masood celebrates his hundred Getty Images

ICC Test Rankings: England And Pakistan Players Advance In ICC Test Rankings

Man of the match, Chris Woakes has leapt 18 places to 78th position after building a 139 run partnership for the sixth wicket with Jos Buttler which guided England a narrow win by three wickets.

Chris Woakes who scored 19 and 84 in the two innings jumped to 7th position among all-rounders while wicketkeeper Jos Buttler’s innings of 38 and 75 saw him rise from 44th to 30th while teammate Ollie Pope has attained career-best 36th position after scoring 62 and 7.

Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler lead England recovery in thriller
Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler lead England recovery in thriller Source: ICC

Pakistan leg spinners Yasir Shah who was a former top-ranked bowler has gained notably by moving up two places to 22nd position after taking eight wickets whereas Shadab Khan has re-entered rankings at career-best 69th position.

ICC Rankings: England Inches Closer To Australia In ICC Test Rankings

England’s Stuart Broad remains in 3rd position after taking 6 wickets and thereby closing the gap with New Zealander Neil Wagner to 7 points while Jofra Archer’s four wickets helped him to advance two places to 37th in the bowlers’ rankings.

In ICC World Test Championship points table, England has moved to 266 points and is within 30 points of second-placed Australia.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

India leads the table with 360 points, whereas New Zealand are fourth with 180 points and Pakistan are fifth with 140 points.

Ben Stokes. Credit: Twitter

Latest ICC Test Players’ Rankings: Ben Stokes Moves On Top Of Test All-Rounder Rankings

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).

Ben Stokes, Test all-rounder rankings, England
Ben Stokes (Image Credits: Twitter)

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).

Ben Stokes, Test all-rounder rankings, England
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Getty Images)

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.

Dom Sibley, England
Dom Sibley (Image Credits: Twitter)

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.

Latest ICC Test Players’ Rankings: Ben Stokes Moves On Top Of Test All-Rounder Rankings 1
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2019-21 ICC World Test Championship

England cricket team (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.






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Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir Lashes Out At ICC’s Ranking System After Australia Dethroned India As No. 1 Team In Tests

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has lashed out at the ICC-ranking system after Australia replaced India from the No.1 position in Test cricket. He also showed his disappointment against the distribution of points in the World Test Championship 2019-21.

Earlier this month, Team India, which was at No.1 position in ICC Test ranking since 2016, moved to the 3rd spot behind New Zealand and Australia. India had a fall in the ranking because ICC has removed the points that teams had accumulated from the 2016-17 season.

Gautam Gambhir believes India is No.1:

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Team India. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gambhir is not in favour of placing the Australian cricket team at the top spot. He believes Team India has performed better than the Aussies in every area. He lauded the Virat Kohli-led side, saying that India is No.1 because they have won Test matches in foreign soil, especially over Australia in 2019. Gambhir didn’t even shy to say that Australians have been pathetic in away series.

Gautam Gambhir also lashed out on point distribution system in WTC. He suggested that the team should get more points for away series.

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Gautam Gambhir. Photo Getty Images.

“No, I am not surprised (India slipping to No. 3). I don’t believe in points and ranking system. Probably the worst was there in the World Test Championship… that you win the same points when you win a Test match away from home. That’s ridiculous,” Gambhir said during the Cricket Connected show on Star Sports.

“Yes, absolutely. 100 percent. If you have to see from the overall impact point of view, India have lost series away from home but won against Australia. Hands down, they have been the most competitive side. They won a Test in South Africa, won a Test match in England… not many countries have done that.

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Australia national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

“For me, India should be there (No. 1) because Australia… I have serious doubts On what front have you given Australia the No. 1 ranking? They have been absolutely pathetic away from home, especially in the sub-continent.”

Further, Gautam Gambhir supported BCCI‘s plan for considering the Indian team tour to Australia later this year under safety guidelines. India and Australia are scheduled to play the four-match Test series and three-match ODI series in December.

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