England stay ahead of sixth-ranked Pakistan by a fraction of a point
New Zealand has slipped one place to fourth while England has maintained its fifth position on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following the conclusion of the Headingley Test, which the visitors won by 199 runs to square the two-Test series.
New Zealand had entered the series in third position on 99 points and would have plummeted to seventh if the second and final Test had drawn or won by the home side. However, the victory meant New Zealand fell behind India only by a fraction of a point, while England stayed ahead of sixth-ranked Pakistan also by a fraction of a point.
Meanwhile, the West Indies and Australia go ahead to head in a two-Test series from Wednesday. Second-ranked Australia (108 points) leads eighth-ranked West Indies (84 points) by 24 points. If Australia wins the series 1-0, then it will gain one point while the West Indies will concede one point. In case of a 2-0 victory, Australia will move to 111 points while the West Indies will drop to 81 points.
On the other side of the coin, if the West Indies wins the series 1-0, then will rise to 90 points and Australia will drop to 102 points while a 2-0 win will result in the home side jumping to 92 points with Australia sliding to 100 points.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, New Zealand’s BJ Watling, who won the player of the match award, has achieved a career-best ranking. His second-innings score of 120, his fourth career century, earned him eight places and puts him in 25th position in the latest rankings which were released immediately after the conclusion of the Headingley Test.
England captain Alastair Cook, who scored 75 and 56, has moved up two places to 16th while New Zealand opener Tom Latham’s first innings contribution of 84 has earned him six places and he sits at 41st position on the batting table.
Luke Ronchi has returned in 62nd spot, Mark Craig has vaulted 18 places to 69th and England opener Adam Lyth has rocketed 85 places to 85th position.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Tim Southee has gained two places and is now in 10th position following figures of four for 83 and one for 43. Mark Craig is the biggest mover, rising 10 places to 38th spot following match figures of five for 121.
The good news for England is the rise of Mark Wood, who has jumped 33 places to 66th, following match figures of five for 159. Stuart Broad has moved up one place to seventh but James Anderson has slipped one place to fourth.
When the West Indies and Australia lock horns at Roseau, fourth-ranked Steven Smith will be highest-ranked batsman from either side. David Warner (ninth) and Michael Clarke (13th) are the other Australia batsmen inside the top 20, while the West Indies’ highest-ranked batsman will be Darren Bravo in 27th spot with Marlon Samuel in 30th place.
Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka leads the field, with South Africa’s duo of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla in second and third positions, respectively.
Mitchell Johnson in sixth place will be the highest-ranked bowler from either side, while Kemar Roach of the West Indies will start in 12th spot.
Dale Steyn is the number-one ranked bowler in the world, and he leads an absent Ryan Harris by 79 points.