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Root breaks into the top five for the first time

De Villiers back as number-one ranked batsman; Broad, Starc, Hazlewood and Moeen Ali achieve career-best rankings

Root breaks into the top five for the first time - Cricket News
Root, who scored 134 and 60 in England’s 169 runs victory, has jumped three places to claim fourth position in the latest rankings.
De Villiers back as number-one ranked batsman; Broad, Starc, Hazlewood and Moeen Ali achieve career-best rankings
 
England vice-captain Joe Root has broken into the top five for first time in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after producing a man of the match performance in the first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff.
 
Root, who scored 134 and 60 in England’s 169 runs victory, has jumped three places to claim fourth position in the latest rankings, which were released on Sunday morning. In doing so, the Yorkshireman has leapfrogged Sri Lanka duo Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, and Younus Khan of Pakistan.
 
Root now has Hashim Amla firmly within his sights as he is now just seven points behind the South Africa captain after his Cardiff performance has earned him 69 points to give him a career-high 884 points.
 
The Cardiff Test also saw Australia’s Steven Smith hand over the number-one position to South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Smith had entered the Test on 913 points but after scores of 33 and 33, he has dropped 12 points to fall to 901 points, seven behind de Villiers. De Villiers will miss the two-Test series against Bangladesh, which means a couple of strong performances will put the 26-year-old from Sydney back on top of the tree.
 
Other notable batsmen to head in the right direction following the Cardiff Test include Chris Rogers in 21st (up by two places), Gary Ballance in 31st (up by two places), Ben Stokes in 37th (up by seven places) and Moeen Ali in 65th (up by 19 places).
 
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England’s Stuart Broad has claimed fifth position for the first time in his career after rising one place following his five wickets in the match, including three in the second innings. This has also helped him break the 800-point threshold for the first time as he now trails Pakistan’s Yasir Shah by nine points.
 
Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has slipped two places to seventh but Mitchell Starc has claimed a career-high 17th position. Starc returned figures of five for 114 and two for 60, which gave him a leap of three places.
 
Josh Hazlewood has followed in the footsteps of Starc by also achieving a career-high ranking of 21st. Hazlewood took five for 132, which has vaulted him five places to 21st. He now trails Pakistan’s 20th ranked Junaid Khan by three points.
 
Moeen Ali has followed up his career-high batting ranking with a career-best bowling ranking after his two for 71 and three for 59 has lifted him nine places to 28th spot.
 
South Africa’s Dale Steyn is the top-ranked bowler, followed by England’s James Anderson and Trent Boult of New Zealand.
 
Thanks to his fine contribution with the bat and ball, Moeen has also gained valuable places in the all-rounders’ category. He has broken into the top 10 in ninth position for the first time after jumping nine places. Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh remains the number-one ranked all-rounder.
 
The second Test starts at Lord’s on Thursday, 16 July.
 
ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 12 July, after first Ashes Test in Cardiff)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
   1           (+1)         AB de Villiers        SA           908         52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   2           (-1)          Steven Smith        Aus         901         55.27     913 v WI at Jamaica 2015
   3           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           891         52.78     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   4           (+3)         Joe Root                Eng         884!       56.06     884 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
   5           (-1)          K. Sangakkara     SL           874         58.04     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   6           (-1)          Angelo Mathews  SL           860         51.67     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   7           (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         829         54.07     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   8           ( - )          Kane Williamson NZ          813         45.70     860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9           (+1)         Virat Kohli            Ind          755         45.73     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  10         (-1)          David Warner       Aus         749         46.47     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  17         (-5)          Michael Clarke    Aus         707         50.31     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  20         (-5)          Alastair Cook       Eng         694         46.55     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  21         (+2)         Chris Rogers         Aus         691*      40.00     694 v Eng at Sydney 2014
  31         (+2)         Gary Ballance      Eng         600*      50.30     702 v WI at Grenada 2015
  35         ( - )          Ian Bell                  Eng         585         43.61     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  36         (+7)         Ben Stokes            Eng         570*!    35.31     570 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
  44         (-2)          Shane Watson      Aus         521         35.19     729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  53         (-1)          Jos Buttler             Eng         476*      46.18     494 v NZ at Headingley 2015
  57         (-3)          Brad Haddin        Aus         464         32.98     637 v WI at Perth 2009
  65         (+19)      Moeen Ali             Eng         427*!    30.44     427 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
  69         (-9)          Adam Voges         Aus         409*      66.33     441 v WI at Jamaica 2015
  77         (+4)         Mitchell Johnson Aus         384         23.34     477 v Eng at Lord's 2009
  85         ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         334         22.84     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  86         (+4)         Adam Lyth           Eng         333*!    32.16     333 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
 
Bowlers
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
 
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           905         22.55     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         823         29.39     847 v WI at Barbados 2015
   3           ( - )          Trent Boult           NZ          814         27.12     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   4           ( - )          Yasir Shah            Pak         810*!    24.81     810 v SL at Pallekele 2015
   5           (+1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         801!       29.59     801 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
   6           (+1)         Vernon Philander SA           780         21.95     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   7           (-2)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         766         28.01     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   8           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           752         30.17     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   9           ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           727         29.35     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  10         ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ          713         31.63     799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  17         (+3)         Mitchell Starc       Aus         589*!    31.43     589 v Eng at Cardiff 2015
  21         (+5)         Josh Hazlewood  Aus         548*!    20.34     548 v Eng at Cardiff 2015
  28         (+9)         Moeen Ali             Eng         480*!    31.73     480 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
  41         (-4)          Shane Watson      Aus         395*      33.68     633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
  55         (+12)      Mark Wood          Eng         306*!    32.15     306 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
  60         (-4)          Ben Stokes            Eng         296*      44.26     352 v Ind at Lord's 2014
  86         (+8)         Joe Root                Eng         172*!    39.00     172 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
 
All-rounders
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    HS Ranking
   1           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        381        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           ( - )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         294        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         268        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
 
*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