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Anderson returns to top three as Bairstow achieves career-high ranking

Anderson returns to top three as Bairstow achieves career-high ranking
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Anderson now trails his new-ball partner and number-one ranked Stuart Broad by 18 points.
England fast bowler James Anderson has returned to the top three of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a stellar performance in the Headingley Test against Sri Lanka, which the home side won by an innings and 88 runs to go one-up in the three-Test series. 

The 33-year-old Lancastrian returned figures of five for 16 and five for 29, his first 10-wicket haul at Headingley and third in 114 Tests, to leapfrog Yasir Shah of Pakistan and South Africa’s Dale Steyn into third place. Anderson earned 49 points for his performance, which has put him on a career-high 854 points. 

Anderson now trails his new-ball partner and number-one ranked Stuart Broad by 18 points. Broad took five wickets in the Test and has retained his one-point lead over India’s off-spinner Ravichandaran Ashwin.  

England’s Moeen Ali has moved up one place to 25th, Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga has returned to the 35th spot, Dushmantha Chameera has gained three places and is now in 41st spot, and Dasun Shanaka, who took three for 36 on his Test debut, has entered in 86th place. 

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, England’s man of the match Jonny Bairstow has achieved a career-best ranking. 

The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 140 and featured in a 141-run sixth wicket partnership with opener Alex Hales, which lifted England from 83 for five to 298. For this performance, Bairstow has been rewarded with 84 points, which has lifted the 26-year-old Yorkshireman 14 places to 22nd spot in the latest rankings. 



Bairstow now has Pakistan’s Azhar Ali firmly within his sights as he aims to break into the top 20 for the first time in his career. He trails the Pakistan top-order batsman by 27 points.

Hales, who scored 86, has rocketed 38 places to 81st, while Kusal Mendis (60th, up by 13) and Lahiru Thirimanne (67th, up by nine) are the other batsmen to make upward movements. 

Joe Root has retained his second place behind Australia captain Steve Smith, but the pre-Test 36-point gap has now opened to 49 points after Root failed to score any runs. He is now just eight points ahead of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. 

Rival captains Angelo Mathews and Alastair Cook both failed to hold on to their places and have slipped one position each to ninth and 15th respectively. 

The Test player rankings will now be updated following the Durham Test, which begins on Friday, 27 May.

 

MRF ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 22 May, after Leeds Test)

Batsmen (top 10)
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating


   1         ( - )        Steve Smith         Aus        925        60.18    936 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   2         ( - )        Joe Root               Eng        876        54.06    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3         ( - )        Kane Williamson NZ         868        49.23    893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         860        51.45    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   5         ( - )        Younus Khan       Pak        826        53.94    880 v SL at Lahore 2009

   6         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         818        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   7         ( - )        Adam Voges        Aus        811*!    95.50    811 v NZ at Christchurch 2016

   8         (+1)       David Warner      Aus        800        50.06    880 v NZ at Perth 2015

   9         (-1)        Angelo Mathews SL          793        49.43    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

  10        ( - )        Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak        764        48.89    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014

 

Other selected rankings
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating


  15        (-1)        Alastair Cook      Eng        711        46.41    874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

  22        (+14)     Jonny Bairstow    Eng        646!      35.36    646 v SL at Headingley 2016

  36        (-7)        D. Karunaratne    SL          561        33.93    619 v WI at Galle 2015

  37        ( - )        Ben Stokes           Eng        548        33.21    594 v Aus at Lord's 2015

  45        (-3)        Kaushal Silva      SL          500        31.06    638 v Pak at Colombo (PSS) 2015

  48        (-2)        Moeen Ali           Eng        476*     27.11    517 v Aus at The Oval 2015

  60        (+13)     Kusal Mendis      SL          427*!    29.50    427 v Eng at Headingley 2016

 

Bowlers (top 10)
Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating


   1         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        872        28.47    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   2         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         871!      25.39    871 v SA at Delhi 2015

   3         (+2)       James Anderson  Eng        854!      28.62    854 v SL at Headingley 2016

   4         (-1)        Yasir Shah           Pak        846*!    24.17    846 v Eng at Sharjah 2015

   5         (-1)        Dale Steyn           SA         841        22.53    909 v WI at Centurion 2014

   6         ( - )        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         789*!    23.76    789 v SA at Delhi 2015

   7         ( - )        Trent Boult          NZ         757        29.14    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

   8         ( - )        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        741*     25.77    792 v WI at Hobart 2015

   9         ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         724        29.33    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

  10        ( - )        Vernon Philander SA         717        22.08    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

 

Other selected rankings

 Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating

  11        ( - )        Rangana Herath   SL          716        29.76    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014

  19        ( - )        Steven Finn         Eng        593        28.00    624 v NZ at Headingley 2013

  25        (+1)       Moeen Ali           Eng        510*     39.18    557 v SA at Durban 2015

  27        ( - )        Ben Stokes           Eng        501*!    37.84    501 v SL at Headingley 2016

  35        (RE)       Shaminda Eranga SL          419*     35.49    541 v Eng at Headingley 2014

  41        (+3)       D. Chameera        SL          377*!    27.28    377 v Eng at Headingley 2016

 

All-rounders (top five)

 Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating

   1         ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind         406       419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   2         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        384       419 v Zim at Khulna 2014

   3         ( - )        Stuart Broad        Eng        301       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

   4=       (+1)       Vernon Philander SA         275*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

              ( - )        Ben Stokes           Eng        275 /*   276 v SA at Centurion 2016

 

*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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