England and Sri Lanka have improved their positions on the ICC Test Team Championship after winning their series against India and Pakistan, respectively.
England's Joe Root has continued his impressive march up the rankings for Test Batsmen, having breaking into the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Whilst contemporaries Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Joe Root have become established international cricketers across all three formats, Hales has been confined to Twenty20 by the national set-up until his ODI call-up this week.
Former captain and fast bowler Sir Ian Botham is eager to see seamer James Anderson become England's leading wicket-taker in Test match cricket later this year.
Alex Hales' star is rising fast and Ravi Bopara's unexpectedly perhaps on the wane after their respective inclusion and omission from England's 15-man Royal London Series squad.