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
Bowling – Top 10
All-Rounders – Top 10
Both sides also wore the Black Lives Matter logo on their collars.
Persistent rain meant only 17 overs were completed before an early tea break.
Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before play got under way.
Two minutes’ silence were also observed.
England and West Indies players took the knee ahead of the First Test in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
England displayed names of key workers, including nurse practitioner Tom Field, on their training shirts to honour their work in the Covid-19 crisis.
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The toss for the first Test has been pushed back.
The Red Rose could be without a home venue as Emirates Old Trafford is being used by England as a ‘bio-secure venue’ this summer.
Persistent drizzle in Southampton has put back the return of international cricket.