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Anderson and Root soar in Test rankings after Edgbaston triumph

Career high gain for Hazlewood despite defeat; Moeen and Starc rise in all-rounder rankings

Anderson and Root soar in Test rankings after Edgbaston triumph - Cricket News
James Anderson's returns of 7 for 62 helped him leap four places to second in the Test rankings for bowlers.
England fast bowler James Anderson has climbed to second place in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after helping inspire the hosts to an eight-wicket victory inside three days against Australia in Edgbaston on Friday.

The Lancashire man, who turned 33 during his 107th Test appearance, claimed match figures of seven for 62 to leap four places to second and he is now 80 points behind South Africa’s Dale Steyn who is currently in action against Bangladesh in Mirpur. Though Anderson has already been ruled out of contention for the fourth Test in Trent Bridge next week because of a side strain, there was further good news for Alastair Cook’s men in that his team-mate Steven Finn, playing in his first Test in more than two years, put in a man of the match performance and has re-entered the rankings in 19thposition after taking match figures of eight for 117.

As a consequence of Anderson’s rise, Mitchell Johnson has dropped a place and is now joint fifth alongside Stuart Broad on 791 points. However Johnson reached a significant personal milestone by passing 300 wickets in Birmingham. 

Despite the defeat, there was a career high gain for the leading wicket-taker in the series, Australia’s Josh Hazlewood, who has moved up three places to 14th after claiming his 14th wicket of the series to date, while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has risen one place to 15th

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen Steven Smith continues to lead the way at the top, but Joe Root has climbed three places to third after scoring 63 and 38 not out which means that in 30 Test matches to date, the Sheffield man has scored seven centuries and 13 fifties. Root now stands on 882 points, 17 behind South Africa’s AB de Villiers. Ian Bell has climbed six places to 30th after back-to-back half centuries (53 and 65 not out) on his home county ground, while there were also advances for Moeen Ali (up 11 to a career high 52nd) and Broad (up four places to 78th). 

It was a disappointing Test for Australia’s top order batsmen all round, with none gaining ground and skipper Michael Clarke dropping two places to 22nd. However Mitchell Starc’s scores of 11 and 58 have helped the 25-year-old climb four places to 83rd.
 
After a fine all-round performance, Moeen Ali has climbed two places to a career high seventh position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders, while there was also a career high gain for left arm pacer Starc who rises three places to draw level with team-mate Shane Watson in ninth. Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh remains the number-one ranked all-rounder in an unchanged top five.
 
The fourth Test starts at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday, 6 August.

Meanwhile, with the Bangladesh and South Africa Test match at the midway point in Mirpur, further movements in the player rankings are expected over the coming days.
 
ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 1 August, after third Ashes Test in Edgbaston)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank   (+/-)        Player                Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
   1           ( - )          Steven Smith        Aus         912        56.55     936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   2           ( - )          AB de Villiers        SA           899        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           (+3)         Joe Root                Eng         882        55.02     884 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
   4           (-1)          Hashim Amla       SA           881        52.48     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   5           (-1)          K. Sangakkara     SL           874        58.04     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   6           (-1)          A. Mathews          SL           860        51.67     877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   7           ( - )          Younus Khan       Pak         829        54.07     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   8           ( - )          K. Williamson       NZ          813        45.70     860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9           ( - )          Chris Rogers         Aus         783        43.63     793 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  10         ( - )          David Warner       Aus         762        46.66     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
Selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player               Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  19         (-1)          Alastair Cook       Eng         698        46.36     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  22         (-2)          Michael Clarke    Aus         670        49.73     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  30         (+6)         Ian Bell                  Eng         618        43.61     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  35         (-3)          Ben Stokes            Eng         571*      34.56     594 v Aus at Lord's 2015
  52         (+11)      Moeen Ali             Eng         485*!    30.76     485 v Aus at Edgbaston 2015
  58         (-2)          Jos Buttler             Eng         439*      38.64     494 v NZ at Headingley 2015
  76         (-1)          M. Johnson           Aus         363        22.90     477 v Eng at Lord's 2009
  78         (+4)         Stuart Broad         Eng         358        22.92     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  82         (-12)       Adam Voges         Aus         347*      40.00     441 v WI at Jamaica 2015
  83=       (+4)         Mitchell Starc       Aus         345*      26.77     368 v Eng at The Oval 2013
                (RE)        Jonny Bairstow    Eng         345*      26.00     461 v Aus at Durham 2013
  89         (-2)          Peter Nevill            Aus         311*!    35.33     311 v Eng at Edgbaston 2015
  93         ( - )          Adam Lyth           Eng         283*      22.20     333 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
100         (-11)       Mitchell Marsh     Aus         265*      30.70     322 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
Bowlers
 
Rank      (+/-)     Player                Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
 
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           903        22.58     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           (+4)         James Anderson  Eng         823        29.38     847 v WI at Barbados 2015
   3           (-1)          Trent Boult           NZ          814        27.12     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   4           (-1)          Yasir Shah            Pak         810*!    24.81     810 v SL at Pallekele 2015
   5=        (-1)          M. Johnson           Aus         791        27.78     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
                ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         791        29.67     801 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
   7           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           783        21.92     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           752        30.17     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   9           ( - )          Tim Southee         NZ          713        31.63     799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
  10         ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           709        29.58     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
Selected rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player             Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  14         (+3)         Josh Hazlewood  Aus         626*!    20.34     626 v Eng at Edgbaston 2015
  15         (+1)         Nathan Lyon        Aus         617        34.07     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
  19         (RE)        Steven Finn           Eng         581*      28.19     624 v NZ at Headingley 2013
  20         (-1)          Mitchell Starc       Aus         575*      32.11     589 v Eng at Cardiff 2015
  33         (-5)          Moeen Ali             Eng         451*      35.38     480 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
  63         (-1)          Ben Stokes            Eng         277*      46.87     352 v Ind at Lord's 2014
  80         (-3)          Joe Root                Eng         189*      40.33     196 v Aus at Lord's 2015
All-rounders
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player                Team     Points    HS Ranking
  1            ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban        383        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           343*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           ( - )          M. Johnson           Aus         287        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5           ( - )          S. Broad Eng         283        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

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