Kohli reclaims rankings top spot, Warner and Root climb after big runs this week

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Virat Kohli has reclaimed top spot in the ICC Test batting rankings, while David Warner has climbed into the top five and England captain Joe Root has returned to the top 10.

A quiet series against Pakistan has seen Steve Smith drop below Kohli into second spot, while Warner’s extraordinary 335 not out in the day-night second Test has inevitably given him a huge ratings boost.

Root dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since August 2014 a week ago after scores of two and 11 in the first-Test defeat to the Black Caps.

 

However, Root’s absence from the top 10 was brief as he has climbed back to seventh following his 226 in the drawn second Test which confirmed England’s series defeat.

Rory Burns has climbed to 36th and is now the fourth-highest England player, having become his country’s first opener to score centuries in home and away Tests since Sir Alastair Cook.

There’s no change in the top five of the bowling rankings, with Pat Cummins still top of the pile ahead of Jason Holder, Neil Wagner and Jasprit Bumrah. James Anderson’s ongoing injury absence sees him slip behind Vernon Philander into seventh.

Chris Woakes has moved back into the top 10 of the all-rounder category after returning for the second Test and taking four wickets in Hamilton. Holder, Ravindra Jadeja and Ben Stokes remain the runaway top three there.

India remain comfortably top of the Test rankings – albeit not quite as far clear as they are in the World Test Championship – with New Zealand, England, South Africa and Australia bunched behind them; just seven rankings points separate those four.

Men’s Test Rankings

Batting – Top 10

  1. Virat Kohli (Ind) – 928
  2. Steve Smith (Aus) – 923
  3. Kane Williamson (NZ) – 877
  4. Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind) – 791
  5. David Warner (Aus) – 764
  6. Ajinkya Rahane (Ind) – 759
  7. Joe Root (Eng) – 752
  8. Marnus Labuschagne (Aus) – 731
  9. Henry Nicholls (NZ) – 726
  10. Dimuth Karunaratne (SL) – 723

Bowling – Top 10

  1. Pat Cummins (Aus) – 900
  2. Kagiso Rabada (SA) – 839
  3. Jason Holder (WI) – 830
  4. Neil Wagner (NZ) – 814
  5. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind) – 794
  6. Vernon Philander (SA) – 783
  7. James Anderson (Eng) – 782
  8. Josh Hazlewood (Aus) – 776
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) – 772
  10. Mohammad Shami (Ind) – 771

All-Rounders – Top 10

  1. Jason Holder (WI) – 473
  2. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 406
  3. Ben Stokes (Eng) – 381
  4. Vernon Philander (SA) – 315
  5. Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) – 308
  6. Mitchell Starc (Aus) – 284
  7. Pat Cummins (Aus) – 278
  8. Roston Chase (WI) – 238
  9. Colin de Grandhomme (NZ) – 237
  10. Chris Woakes (Eng) – 227

Team

  1. India – 120
  2. New Zealand – 109
  3. England – 104
  4. South Africa – 102
  5. Australia – 102
  6. Sri Lanka – 95
  7. West Indies – 81
  8. Pakistan – 80
  9. Bangladesh – 60
  10. Afghanistan – 49
  11. Zimbabwe – 16
  12. Ireland – 0