Ben Stokes and Jasprit Bumrah make big strides in latest ICC Test rankings

Sudhir Gupta 18:58 27/08/2019
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Stokes is the man of the hour in Test cricket.

Ben Stokes’ unforgettable heroics in the third Ashes Test between England and Australia has seen the star all-rounder make substantial gains in the latest ICC Test rankings for players.

Stokes’ unbeaten innings of 135 along with four wickets with the ball in England’s dramatic one-run victory has seen the Englishman climb to second and 13th spot in the ICC Test rankings for all-rounders and batsmen respectively.

The other player to make significant inroads in the updated rankings is Jasprit Bumrah with the India pacer breaking into the top 10. Bumrah picked up sensational figures of 5-7 in the second innings against Windies at Antigua and that effort has seen the India man climb to seventh position in the charts with a career-best rating of 774 points.

Australia pacer Pat Cummins continues to top the bowlers’ rankings after his four-wicket match haul at Headingley while Jofra Archer has made remarkable strides just two matches into his England Test career. The England pacer is up to 43rd now after his latest display at Leeds where he claimed a six-wicket haul in the first innings.

In the batting department, India skipper Virat Kohli has held on his No1 ranking but only just. The India man registered a half-century in the second innings at Antigua but his lead over second-ranked Steve Smith is now down to just six rating points despite the Aussie’s absence at Headingley due to a concussion injury.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson retains the third spot ahead of India’s Cheteshwar Pujara while Tom Latham has risen to the eighth position after his splendid ton in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen (Top three)

  1. Virat Kohli – 910 points
  2. Steve Smith – 904 points
  3. Kane Williamson – 878 points

ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers (Top three)

  1. Pat Cummins – 908 points
  2. Kagiso Rabada – 851 points
  3. James Anderson – 814 points

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