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
The England World Cup side won Team of the Year and claimed Sporting Moment of the Year.
Marnus on day one, Mitchell on day two.
No Joe Root in England’s T20 squad for South Africa…
Somerset “disappointed” but won’t launch appeal.
All the evidence points to yes.
This might be the best reason tbh.
Bob Willis’ second best day at Headingley was also quite good.
Why do England hate Ben Foakes?