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Stokes leads England’s charge in Reliance ICC Test Player Ranking

England will jump to third position if its wins or draws Headingley Test

Stokes leads England’s charge in Reliance ICC Test Player Ranking - Cricket News
Ben Stokes moved 27 places up to the 44th ranking in the batting table, following England's win over New Zealand at Lord's.
Ben Stokes, the star of England’s 124 runs victory over New Zealand in the Lord’s Test, has led the home side’s charge in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Tuesday morning.
 
Stokes, who along with Joe Root and Jos Buttler played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2009-10 in New Zealand, scored 92 and 101, and also took three for 38 runs on the final day. For this performance, he not only won the player of the match award but has also vaulted in the rankings.
 
The 23-year-old Durham player has rocketed 27 places to 44th spot in the batting table; has moved up four places to 51stposition in the bowlers’ chart and has jumped 12 places to 13th spot in the all-rounders’ category.
 
All three are his career-best rankings to date and since he is still in a qualification period*, he can potentially move further up the ladder depending how he performs in the second Test.
 
There is further good news for England, whose vice-captain Joe Root has broken into the top five for the first time in his career. Root scored 98 and 84, for which he has been rewarded with a jump of three places that, in turn, has put him in fifth position, just one point behind Australia’s Steven Smith.
 
Alastair Cook’s epic 162 in the second innings has helped him return to the top 20 in 18th position after his effort earned him six places, Buttler’s contributions of 67 and 14 has given him a lift of nine places and has put him in 56th spot while Moeen Ali has gained 13 places and is now in 78th spot following scores of 58 and 43.
 
For New Zealand in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, the positive news is that sixth-ranked Kane Williamson has achieved a career-high rating of 860 points (gain of 21 points) and he remains in close pursuit of Smith and Root, while BJ Watling has moved up five places to 35th and Corey Anderson is in 76th spot after rising seven places.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, New Zealand’s Trent Boult has achieved a career-best ranking to date. The left-arm fast bowler returned figures of four for 79 and five for 85, which has allowed him to leapfrog Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Australia’s Mitchell Johnson into fourth position.
 
Boult now trails Australia’s Ryan Harris by just one point, while England’s second-ranked James Anderson, who is one wicket short of becoming the first England bowler to take 400 Test wickets, is ahead by four points.
 
Dale Steyn comfortably leads the field and is the only bowler over the 900-point mark.
 
Meanwhile, England will move up to third and New Zealand will drop to seventh in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings if the home side wins or draws the Headingley Test, which starts on Friday, 29 May. If New Zealand bounces back to draw the series, then New Zealand will slip to fourth and England will retain its fifth spot.
 
The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings predictor function is available here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 26 May, after the Lord’s Test between England and New Zealand)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player                 Team      Pts          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           (+3)         Joe Root                                Eng         872!       56.80     872 v NZ at Lord's 2015
   6           ( - )          Kane Williamson NZ          860!       46.95     860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   7           (-2)          Angelo Mathews  SL           841         51.50     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   8           (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         836         53.75     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   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      Pts          Ave       HS Rating
  14         (-1)          Ross Taylor          NZ          730         45.20     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  16         (-1)          B. McCullum        NZ          708         38.64     760 v SL at Christchurch 2014
  18         (+6)         Alastair Cook       Eng         696         46.67     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  30         (-10)       Gary Ballance      Eng         621*      55.84     702 v WI at St George's 2015
  33         (-2)          Ian Bell                  Eng         604         44.22     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  35         (+5)         BJ Watling            NZ          600!       39.48     600 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  44         (+27)      Ben Stokes            Eng         540*!    36.00     540 v NZ at Lord's 2015
  51         ( - )          Tom Latham        NZ          498*      39.10     569 v Pak at Dubai 2014
  56         (+9)         Jos Buttler             Eng         475*!    55.85     475 v NZ at Lord's 2015
  76         (+7)         Corey Anderson   NZ          390*!    31.35     390 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  77         (RE)        Martin Guptill       NZ          386         29.80     597 v WI at Kingston 2012
  78         (+13)      Moeen Ali             Eng         385*!    32.35     385 v NZ at Lord's 2015
  90         (-4)          Stuart Broad         Eng         326         22.84     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  92         (-12)       Mark Craig           NZ          314*      32.20     378 v SL at Christchurch 2014
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                Team       Pts          Ave      Econ      HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           905         22.55     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         829         29.37     847 v WI at Bridgetown 2015
   3           ( - )          Ryan Harris          Aus         826         23.52     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   4           (+2)         Trent Boult           NZ          825!       26.69     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   5           (-1)          Rangana Herath  SL           807         29.57     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   6           (-1)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         804         27.84     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   7           ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           780         21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         779         29.78     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   9           (+1)         Morne Morkel      SA           727         29.35     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  10         (+1)         Saeed Ajmal         Pak         710         28.10     855 v Zim at Harare 2013
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player                Team       Pts          Ave      Econ      HS Rating
  12         (-3)          Tim Southee         NZ          693         31.86     799 v WI at Kingston 2014
  31         (+1)         Moeen Ali             Eng         458*!    29.84     458 v NZ at Lord's 2015
  49         ( - )          Mark Craig           NZ          339*      42.42     349 v SL at Wellington 2015
  51         (+4)         Ben Stokes            Eng         324*      40.10     352 v Ind at Lord's 2014
  77         (-3)          Corey Anderson   NZ          204*      38.46     377 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  78         (NEW)    Matt Henry           NZ          196*!    33.16     196 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  84         (-4)          Kane Williamson NZ          173*      41.04     291 v Eng at Headingley 2013
  92         (+6)         Joe Root                                Eng         140*!    42.37     140 v NZ at Lord's 2015
100         (NEW)    Mark Wood          Eng         111*!    35.00     111 v NZ at Lord's 2015   
 
All-rounders (top three)
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player                 Team       Pts        HS Rating
   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 career-highest rating
* Indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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