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England needs to beat West Indies to retain third Test spot

Anderson set to become 13th Englishman to complete century of Tests, four wickets shy of becoming leading wicket-taker for his country

England needs to beat West Indies to retain third Test spot - Cricket News
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After an enthralling and exciting ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the focus now shifts to the traditional format of the game when the West Indies and England go head to head in a three-Test series which starts in Antigua on Monday.
 
England is currently sitting in third place on 104 ratings points, while the West Indies is in eighth spot on 76 ratings points. This gap of 28 ratings points means England is expected to win the series convincingly, and because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, failure to win comfortably will mean Alastair’s Cook’s side will drop points.
 
A 1-0 series win for England will only help it to retain its pre-series ranking but a 1-1 draw will mean it will drop behind Pakistan in fourth position. A 2-0 win will earn England one ratings point, while it will move to 106 ratings points in case of a 3-0 series win.
 
In contrast, eighth-placed West Indies, currently 17 ratings points adrift of seventh-ranked India, will be aiming to narrow the gap with Virat Kohli’s side. A 3-0 whitewash will help the West Indies close the gap by eight ratings points on the rankings table with England dropping to fifth and just one ratings point ahead of sixth-ranked Sri Lanka (96).
 
A 2-0 series win will advance Denesh Ramdin’s men up seven rankings points to 83, with England slipping to fifth position on 98 ratings points. A 1-0 series win for the West Indies will mean it will move to 82 ratings points, while the West Indies will join England on 99 ratings points but will be ranked above the Black Caps when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
 
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the rankings table, please click here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.
 
Reliance ICC Player Rankings
 
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the highest-ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. The 40-year-old currently sits in seventh position on 834 points, five points adrift of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. Chanderpaul’s highest Test ranking came in July 2008 when he occupied the top spot in the summit.
 
England’s Joe Root is on a career-high 10th position and will be looking to close the 16-point gap on Australia’s David Warner. Ian Bell (20th) is the only other batsman from either side inside the top 20, while the next highest-ranked batsmen from either side, who are likely to feature in the series are Cook (25th), Gary Ballance (29th), Marlon Samuels (31st) and Darren Bravo (32nd).
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, fourth-ranked James Anderson will become the 13th Englishman to complete a century of Tests when he will take the field for the Antigua Test. Anderson is just three wickets shy of equaling Ian Botham’s Test record haul of 383, a feat which the legendary all-rounder achieved in 102 Tests from 1977-92.
 
Anderson is currently on 806 points, one behind Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath, and will be aiming to celebrate the Test by returning inside the top three.
 
Anderson is joined in the top 10 by his team-mate Stuart Broad who is sitting in eight position and will be eyeing to leapfrog South Africa’s Vernon Philander.
 
West Indies’ Kemar Roach is ranked ninth, 15 ratings points behind Broad, while left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (20th) is the next highest-ranked bowler in the series.
 
Broad in fourth spot is the leading all-rounder on either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-roundersheading into the three-match series.
 
Upcoming Test fixtures
 
West Indies v England
13-17 Apr – 1st Test, Antigua
21-25 Apr – 2nd Test, Grenada
1-5 May – 3rd Test, Barbados
 
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 10 April, ahead of West Indies-England Test series)
1.      South Africa               124
2.      Australia                     119
3.      England                      104
4.      Pakistan                      103
5.      New Zealand              99
6.      Sri Lanka                    96
7.      India                           93
8.      West Indies                76
9.      Bangladesh                 32
10.  Zimbabwe                   18

(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 10 April, ahead of West Indies-England Test series)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
   1           K. Sangakkara     SL           909        58.66     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   2           AB de Villiers        SA           908        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           Hashim Amla       SA           891        52.78     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   4           Steven Smith        Aus         873!       52.36     873 v Ind at Sydney 2015
   5           Angelo Mathews  SL           841        51.50     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   6           Kane Williamson NZ          839!       45.96     839 v SL at Wellington 2015
   7           S.Chanderpaul     WI          834        52.33     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   8           Younus Khan       Pak         818        53.37     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   9           David Warner       Aus         805        48.20     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
  10         Joe Root                Eng         789!       50.94     789 v Ind at The Oval 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
  20         Ian Bell                  Eng         652        45.00     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  25         Alastair Cook       Eng         643        46.02     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  29         Gary Ballance      Eng         622*!    60.75     622 v Ind at The Oval 2014
  31         Marlon Samuels  WI          608        35.72     672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
  32         Darren Bravo       WI          593        43.60     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012
  40         K. Brathwaite       WI          556*      37.96     579 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2014
  55         Jos Buttler             Eng         455*!    66.66     455 v Ind at The Oval 2014
  57         Denesh Ramdin   WI          450        26.70     493 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014
  68         Leon Johnson       WI          409*!    39.28     409 v SA at Cape Town 2015
  72=       Jonny Bairstow    Eng         382*      26.95     461 v Aus at Chester-le-St 2013
                Stuart Broad         Eng         382        24.09     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  83         Ben Stokes            Eng         341*      25.36     441 v Aus at Sydney 2014
  91         J. Blackwood        WI          307*      34.71     390 v NZ at Port-of-Spain 2014

Bowlers
 
Rank       Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
   1           Dale Steyn            SA           905        22.55     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           Ryan Harris          Aus         826        23.52     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   3           Rangana Herath  SL           807        29.57     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   4           James Anderson  Eng         806        29.72     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
   5           M. Johnson           Aus         804        27.84     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   6           Trent Boult           NZ          795        27.39     805 v SL at Christchurch 2014
   7           V. Philander          SA           780        21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8           Stuart Broad         Eng         774        29.90     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   9           Kemar Roach       WI          759        25.98     774 v SA at Centurion 2014
  10         Tim Southee         NZ          743        30.61     799 v WI at Kingston 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
 20          Sulieman Benn    WI          556*      37.67     574 v Ban at St Lucia 2014
  49         Ben Stokes            Eng         342*      32.90     352 v Ind at Lord's 2014
  50         Liam Plunkett      Eng         325*      37.46     335 v Ind at Lord's 2014
  58         Jerome Taylor      WI          281*      36.07     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009
  61         Chris Jordan         Eng         274*!    33.06     274 v Ind at The Oval 2014
  63         Shannon Gabriel  WI          261*      37.32     360 v Zim at Dominica 2013
  76         Marlon Samuels  WI          188*      56.41     250 v Zim at Dominica 2013
  85         Jason Holder        WI          136*!    39.80     136 v SA at Cape Town 2015 

All-rounders

 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points    HS Rating
   1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        398        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           V. Philander          SA           341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           R. Ashwin              Ind          318*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           Stuart Broad         Eng         296        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
   5           M. Johnson           Aus         291        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

*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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