After the completion of the Test series between England and Windies, the ICC Rankings have witnessed massive changes. English fast bowler James Anderson has moved to the top spot in the bowlers’ rankings, pushing Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja to No.2, who was occupying the pole position earlier
James Anderson’s career best figures of 45/7 helped his side defeat Windies in the 3rd and the final Test at Lord’s to claim the series 2-1. He was the top-ranked bowler in August 2016 and has again reclaimed it and in the process, he became the oldest bowler to be top-ranked since Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran in July 2009 and the oldest fast bowler to be at the top since Australia’s Glenn McGrath in January 2006.
Other notable changes in the rankings saw Ben Stokes move up from 24th to 20th spot in batsmen’s rankings and from 23rd to 21st in bowlers’ rankings. Moeen Ali moved up one place to 19th in bowlers’ rankings. Stokes also moved to the 4th spot in all-rounders’ rankings by displacing Moeen.
For Windies, the star batsman of the series, Shai Hope, who was also the joint Man of the Series alongside James Anderson, has gained 11 spots to achieve his career best ranking of 30.
There is no change in the teams’ rankings as both the sides retained the spot as well as the ratings. Australia’s captain Steve Smith continues to stay on top of the batsmen’s rankings while Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan remained the top all-rounder in Test cricket.
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