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Shuffling of the pack could be on the cards

Opportunity for Williamson and Root to break into the top five as England squares off against New Zealand in two-Test series

Shuffling of the pack could be on the cards  - Cricket News
Williamson is currently sitting in sixth spot, two points behind Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews.
England and New Zealand will face off in a two-Test series at Lord’s on Thursday with one eye on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings.
 
Fifth-ranked England trails third-ranked New Zealand by two points and the Black Caps will drop behind India by a fraction of a point if the series ends in a stalemate. However, there will be significant changes in the middle of the table if either side wins the series.
 
If New Zealand comes out on top, then it will retain its third position but England will drop to seventh. In contrast, if England wins the series, then it will rise to third position while New Zealand will slip to seventh spot.


 
This is due to the fact that four sides are bunched together in the middle of the table with just three points separating New Zealand from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka.
 
The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings predictor function is available hereThe Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.
 
Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and England’s Joe Root will be aiming to break into the top five.
 
Williamson is currently sitting in sixth spot, two points behind Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, while Root is eighth, another 17 points behind.
 
Other batsmen from either side aiming for upward movements include Ross Taylor (13th), Brendon McCullum (15th), Gary Ballance (20th), Alastair Cook (24th), Ian Bell (31st), BJ Watling (40th) and Tom Latham (51st).
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England’s James Anderson, in second position, is the highest-ranked bowler from either side. The Lancastrian will aim to consolidate his position, which, in turn, will help him to narrow the gap with number-one ranked Dale Steyn.
 
Stuart Broad is the other England bowler inside the top 10 in eighth position, while New Zealand also has two fast bowlers in Trent Boult (sixth) and Tim Southee (ninth) who feature in that top 10 list.
 
Broad is England’s highest-ranked all-rounder, sitting in fifth position, while Southee is New Zealand’s best all-rounder in 10th spot.
 
Schedule:
 
21-25 May – 1st Test, Lord’s
29 May-2 June – 2nd Test, Leeds
 
RELIANCE ICC TEST RANKINGS (as on 19 May, before the start of England-New Zealand series)
 
Rank               Team               Points 
1                      South Africa    130
2                      Australia          108
3                      New Zealand   99
4                      India                99
5                      England           97
6                      Pakistan           97
7                      Sri Lanka         96
8                      West Indies      84
9                      Bangladesh      39
10                    Zimbabwe        5
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 19 May, before the start of England-New Zealand series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
 
   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           Younus Khan       Pak         836         53.75     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   8           Joe Root                Eng         824         55.00     865 v WI at St George's 2015
   9           David Warner       Aus         805         48.20     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
  10         Virat Kohli            Ind          774         46.30     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
  13         Ross Taylor          NZ          741         45.40     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  15         B. McCullum        NZ          728         38.87     760 v SL at Christchurch 2014
  20         Gary Ballance      Eng         678*      62.35     702 v WI at St George's 2015
  24         Alastair Cook       Eng         651         46.22     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  31         Ian Bell                  Eng         624         44.57     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  40         BJ Watling            NZ          563         37.57     574 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2014
  51         Tom Latham        NZ          493*      40.23     569 v Pak at Dubai 2014
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
   1           Dale Steyn            SA           905         22.55     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           James Anderson  Eng         847!       29.22     847 v WI at Bridgetown 2015
   3           Ryan Harris          Aus         826         23.52     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   4           Rangana Herath  SL           807         29.57     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   5           Mitchell 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           Vernon Philander SA           780         21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8           Stuart Broad         Eng         761         29.97     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   9           Tim Southee         NZ          743         30.61     799 v WI at Kingston 2014
  10         Morne Morkel      SA           727         29.35     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Ranking
  21         Neil Wagner          NZ          537*      34.48     549 v WI at Bridgetown 2014
  38         Doug Bracewell    NZ          409*      35.10     538 v WI at Kingston 2012
  49         Mark Craig           NZ          349*!    39.58     349 v SL at Wellington 2015
All-rounders (top three)
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Highest Ranking
   1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        380        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           Vernon Philander SA           341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           R. Ashwin              Ind          318*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
 
*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
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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