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Root soars to the top of the world rankings as England seals Ashes

Broad climbs to career high second in bowling rankings; Broad and Stokes on the rise amongst all-rounders

Root soars to the top of the world rankings as England seals Ashes - Cricket News
Joe Root has climbed to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen for the first time after helping England defeat Australia by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, which the home side won within three days, for the second successive Test.
 
The Yorkshire man, who top scored with 130 in England’s innings, has overtaken Steven Smith at the summit and the Australia batsman has dropped two places to third, with South Africa’s AB de Villiers unmoved in second position. Root has also become just the sixth English player to hit the top of either the batting or bowling rankings since 1980. The full list is as follows; Ian Botham (bowling, 1980 for 361 days), David Gower (batting, from 1984-86 for 198 days), Graham Gooch (batting, from 1991-94 for 988 days), Michael Vaughan (batting, in 2003 for 44 days) and Steve Harmison (bowling, in 2004 for 120 days).
 
In lifting the Ashes, England captain Alastair Cook has become only the third English captain ever, after W.G. Grace and Mike Brearley, to win the coveted Urn twice at home. The left-handed batsman remains in 19th position, while Moeen Ali has broken into the top 50 for the first time and has climbed two places to 50th after scoring 38. There were also gains for Jonny Bairstow (up 19 places to 63rd), Stuart Broad (up two to 76th) and Adam Lyth (up one to 91st).
 
For Australia, David Warner has dropped out of the top 10 and is now in 11th place, while skipper Michael Clarke has dropped one place to 23rd. However Adam Voges’ second innings 51 not out has helped elevate the Perth man by seven places to 74th.
 
There was further good news for England in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers as Broad put in a man of the match performance, largely due to a notable spell in the opening innings where he took 8 for 15 runs. The 29-year-old has climbed to a career-high second place in the bowling rankings after inspiring the hosts to victory on his home ground. Broad’s ninth wicket of the match, captured in Australia’s second innings, has also seen him overtake Fred Trueman into fourth place in the all-time English leading wicket-takers. He has now captured 308 wickets in 83 Tests to date and is 17 behind Bob Willis on the all-time list. Broad has narrowed Dale Steyn’s lead to 53 points at the top, but as a consequence of his upward movement, his team-mate James Anderson has dropped one place to third, while Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has also fallen two places to seventh.
 
Elsewhere, there was upward movement for Ben Stokes who has soared 20 places to a career high 42nd, while Mark Wood has also moved up nine places to 57th. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood remains in 14th place, while Mitchell Starc has continued his recent ascent in all forms after taking six for 111 runs. As a result of that effort in the match, the left-arm fast bowler has moved up five places to a career high 15th.



After a fine all-round performance, Broad has also climbed one place to fourth in the ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders, while there was also a career high gain for Stokes who has vaulted eight places to ninth after a fine all-round performance.
 
The fifth and final Test starts at The Oval on Thursday, 20 August. Though the Test Team Rankings will be updated at the end of the series, if England wins the series 4-1, Australia will drop to 102 points, while England will advance to second place on 105 points. If Australia wins, in what is set to be Clarke’s final Test, it will stay ahead of England in the rankings on 106 points, with England on 102 points.
 
ICC TEST PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 9 August, after fourth Ashes Test in Trent Bridge)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
   1           (+2)         Joe Root                Eng         917!       56.58     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   2           ( - )          AB de Villiers       SA           890        52.09     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           (-2)          Steven Smith        Aus         884        54.66     936 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   4           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           881        52.48     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   5           ( - )          K. Sangakkara     SL           874        58.04     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   6           ( - )          Angelo 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         763        42.86     793 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  10         (+1)         Virat Kohli            Ind          755        45.73     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014 

Selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  11         (-1)          David Warner       Aus         754        46.28     880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
  19         ( - )          Alastair Cook       Eng         707        46.34     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  23         (-1)          Michael Clarke     Aus         645        49.30     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  30         ( - )          Ian Bell                  Eng         603        43.36     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  38         (-3)          Ben Stokes            Eng         554*      33.42     594 v Aus at Lord's 2015
  50         (+2)         Moeen Ali             Eng         506*!    31.09     506 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
  60         (-2)          Jos Buttler             Eng         432*      36.86     494 v NZ at Headingley 2015
  63         (+19)      Jonny Bairstow     Eng         425*      28.00     461 v Aus at Durham 2013
  65         (-11)       Shaun Marsh        Aus         420*      33.11     472 v WI at Jamaica 2015
  74         (+7)         Adam Voges         Aus         382*      41.71     441 v WI at Jamaica 2015
  76         (+2)         Stuart Broad         Eng         370        23.15     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  81         (-5)          M. Johnson           Aus         351        22.60     477 v Eng at Lord's 2009
  87         (-5)          Mitchell Starc       Aus         318*      24.58     368 v Eng at The Oval 2013
  91         (+1)         Adam Lyth           Eng         283*      21.45     333 v Aus at Cardiff 2015 

Bowlers
 
Rank     (+/-)     Player                       Team     Points    Avge     HS Ranking
   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           905        22.48     909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2           (+3)         Stuart Broad         Eng         852!       28.97     852 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   3           (-1)          James Anderson  Eng         815        29.38     847 v WI at Barbados 2015
   4           (-1)          Trent Boult           NZ          814        27.12     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   5           (-1)          Yasir Shah            Pak         810*!    24.81     810 v SL at Pallekele 2015
   6           (+1)         V. Philander          SA           770        22.13     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   7           (-2)          M. Johnson           Aus         765        28.03     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   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           705        29.66     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011 

Selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      HS Ranking
  14         ( - )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         634*!    21.75     634 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2015
  15         (+5)         Mitchell Starc       Aus         627*!    31.06     627 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2015
  18         (-3)          Nathan Lyon        Aus         604        34.37     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
  20         (-1)          Steven Finn           Eng         568*      28.54     624 v NZ at Headingley 2013
  34         (-1)          Moeen Ali             Eng         438*      36.19     480 v Aus at Cardiff 2015
  42         (+20)      Ben Stokes            Eng         378*!    40.24     378 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
  57         (+9)         Mark Wood          Eng         297*      35.05     306 v Aus at Cardiff 2015  

All-rounders
 
Rank    (+/-)           Player                   Team     Points    HS Ranking
  1            ( - )          S. Al Hasan           Ban         384        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           ( - )          V. Philander          SA           337*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin             Ind          336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4           (+1)         Stuart Broad          Eng         315        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
   5           (-1)          M. Johnson           Aus         269        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009 

*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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