Joe Root and James Anderson up to third in ICC batting and bowling rankings

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Captain Joe Root and seamer James Anderson have moved up to third in the International Cricket Council’s batting and bowling rankings following England’s victory over India in Chennai.

Root followed his prolific tour of Sri Lanka with 218 in the first innings of his side’s 227-run win, adding another 40 in his second attempt.

Anderson and Root on the charge

That moves Root back into the top three batsmen for the first time since September 2017 on the back of 684 runs in six knocks, sitting behind Kane Williamson and Steve Smith but ahead of India skipper Virat Kohli after almost four years trailing.

Anderson is also back up to number three after taking five wickets against India, including three in a wonderful spell of reverse swing on day five.

Opener Dom Sibley is another England batsman to gain in the latest rankings update, his knocks of 87 and 16 helping him gain 11 places and reach 35th position, while their players also made the way up in the bowling rankings presently led by Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins.

For India, Rishabh Pant’s knock of 91 in the first innings has helped him become the first full-time wicketkeeper from his country to reach 700 rating points as he retained 13th position among batsmen. Shubman Gill has progressed seven places to 40th position while all-rounder Washington Sundar is in 81st place after moving up two slots. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem too has gained two places to reach 85th position among bowlers.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 10 February, after the Chennai, Chittagong and Rawalpindi Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 (-) Kane Williamson NZ 919! 54.31 919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
2 (-) Steve Smith Aus 891 61.80 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 (+2) Joe Root Eng 883 50.33 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
4 (-1) Marnus Labuschagne Aus 878*! 60.80 878 v Ind at Brisbane 2021
5 (-1) Virat Kohli Ind 852 53.24 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
6 (+1) Babar Azam Pak 760 44.22 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
7 (-1) Cheteshwar Pujara Ind 754 47.68 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
8 (+1) Henry Nicholls NZ 747 43.91 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
9 (+1) Ben Stokes Eng 746 37.95 827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
10 (+1) David Warner Aus 724 48.09 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
14 (+9) Aiden Markram SA 673 40.93 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
16= (+19) Mohammad Rizwan Pak 667*! 44.35 667 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
30= (+4) S Al Hasan Ban 584 39.69 694 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
33 (+8) Mominul Haque Ban 579 41.68 661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
35= (+11) Dom Sibley Eng 571* 37.00 575 v Pak at Southampton 2020
40 (+7) Shubman Gill Ind 562*! 48.28 562 v Eng at Chennai 2021
47 (+19) Faheem Ashraf Pak 547*! 41.25 547 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
49 (+12) Temba Bavuma SA 529 32.26 627 v Pak at Cape Town 2019
53 (+8) K Brathwaite WI 512 32.67 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
70= (NEW) Kyle Mayers WI 448*! 250.00 448 v Ban at Chittagong 2021
74 (+4) Fawad Alam Pak 439* 38.00 445 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2009
81= (+2) W Sundar Ind 413*! 56.33 413 v Eng at Chennai 2021
88 (NEW) N Bonner WI 395*! 51.50 395 v Ban at Chittagong 2021

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 (-) Pat Cummins Aus 908 21.59 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2 (-) Stuart Broad Eng 830 27.56 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
3 (+3) James Anderson Eng 826 26.49 903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018
4 (-1) Neil Wagner NZ 825 26.32 859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
5 (-1) Josh Hazlewood Aus 816 25.65 864 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
6 (-1) Tim Southee NZ 811 28.70 826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
7 (+1) R Ashwin Ind 771 25.47 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
8 (+1) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 769* 21.87 834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
9 (-2) Kagiso Rabada SA 753 23.36 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
10 (-) Jason Holder WI 745 27.94 862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
24 (+4) Mehidy Hasan Ban 610* 32.16 696 v WI at Dhaka 2018
30 (+4) Shaheen Afridi Pak 529*! 32.33 529 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
32 (+21) Hasan Ali Pak 499*! 26.32 499 v SA at Rawalpindi 2021
33 (+5) Anrich Nortje SA 493*! 29.84 493 v Pak at Rawalpindi 2021
37 (+3) Jack Leach Eng 473*! 30.46 473 v Ind at Chennai 2021
41 (+4) Dominic Bess Eng 439*! 32.00 439 v Ind at Chennai 2021
61 RE Mustafizur Rahman Ban 287* 36.73 396 v SA at Potchefstroom 2017
62 (+14) Jomel Warrican WI 279*! 36.62 279 v Ban at Chittagong 2021
65 (+6) Rahkeem Cornwall WI 267* 36.27 364 v Afg at Lucknow 2019
74 (+36) George Linde SA 227*! 28.00 227 v Pak at Rawalpindi 2021
85 (+2) Shahbaz Nadeem Ind 178*! 34.12 178 v Eng at Chennai 2021

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/–) Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 (-) Ben Stokes Eng 428 497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2 (-) Jason Holder WI 414 485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
3 (-) R Jadeja Ind 410 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4 (-) S Al Hasan Ban 359 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5 (-) Kyle Jamieson NZ 293*/*! 293 v Pak at Christchurch 2021

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

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