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Root moves back into top five of Test Rankings

Joe Root moves to joint-fifth in MRF Tyres ICC Test Batting Rankings; Wood advances 12 places in bowler's list after Player-of-the-Match performance
  • Buttler, Stokes and Chase others to move up among batsmen, Wood, Roach and Moeen Ali advance in bowlers’ list

England captain Joe Root has moved into the top five in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his fine century in the third Test against the Windies in St Lucia, which his side won by 232 runs on Tuesday.

The former number one Test batsman has gained three places to reach joint-fifth position after scores of 15 and 122, making a strong comeback on the rankings table after slipping from 827 to 740 points over the previous four Tests. He is now on 763 points, tied with New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls in the list for batsmen. Root’s career-high rankings points were 915 in 2015, the year that also saw him hold the No.1 position for 45 days.

Others to move up in the list for batsmen after the St Lucia Test include his teammates Jos Buttler (up eight places to 26th) after scores of 67 and 56 and all-rounder Ben Stokes (up seven places to 34th) after scores of 79 and 48 not out.

St Lucia Player of the Match Mark Wood has moved up 12 places to 52nd position after his six wickets in the match while Moeen Ali’s seven wickets have helped him move from 28th to joint-26th place in the list for bowlers. Ali is on 621 points, the same as South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, and only 12 points shy of his own best rating points.

Windies' Kemar Roach was the leading wicket-taker across both sides in the series with England
Windies' Kemar Roach was the leading wicket-taker across both sides in the series with England

For the Windies, fast bowler Kemar Roach has moved up one slot to 11th position after finishing with five wickets in the match. Roach has completed a fine run, having started the series in 24th position, gaining 13 places over three Tests after his Player of the Series effort of 18 wickets.

Meanwhile, England have slipped to fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC  Test Team Rankings after losing the series 2-1, while the Windies have moved up to 77 points but remain in eighth position.

Starting the series in third place, England have slipped behind New Zealand and Australia to 104 points. Australia are ahead of them on decimals after winning both Tests of their recent two-match series against Sri Lanka that helped them gain three points.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 13 February, after the Windies-England series):

1India   116
2South Africa     110
3New Zealand   107
4Australia  104
5England104 (-4)
6Sri Lanka          89
8West Indies      77 (+7)
12Ireland 00


MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 13 February, after the St Lucia Test):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-)      Player TeamPtsAvge   Highest Rating
( - )Virat KohliInd92253.76937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2( - )K. WilliamsonNZ89751.44915 v SL at Wellington 2018
3( - )C. PujaraInd88151.18888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
4( - )Steve SmithAus85761.37947 v SA at Durban 2018
5=(+3)Joe RootEng76349.51917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
     ( - )Henry NichollsNZ763*!43.54763 v SL at Christchurch 2018
7(-1)David WarnerAus75648.2880 v NZ at Perth 2015
8(-1)Aiden MarkramSA741*45.96759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9( - )Hashim AmlaSA71147.33907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
10( - )Dean ElgarSA69340.1784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018


Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
26 (+8)Jos ButtlerEng62435.87635 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018
34(+7)Ben StokesEng59033.89664 v Win at Lord's 2017
41(+10)Roston ChaseWin55233.08626 v Pak at Dominica 2017
110(+49)Joe DenlyEng273*!28273 v Win at St Lucia 2019


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
1( - )K. RabadaSA88221.41902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
2( - )Pat CumminsAus878*!22.02878 v SL at Canberra 2019
3( - )J. AndersonEng86226.93903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
4( - )V. PhilanderSA80921.73912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5( - )R. JadejaInd79423.68899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
6(+1)Trent BoultNZ77127.9825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
7=(-1)Jason HolderWin770*27.69778 v Eng at Antigua 2019
     (+1)M. AbbasPak770*18.86838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
9( - )Tim SoutheeNZ76729.93799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
10( - )R. AshwinInd76325.43904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016


Other selected rankings

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
11(+1)Kemar RoachWin74427.17774 v SA at Centurion 2014
26=(+2)Moeen AliEng62136.37633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017
51(+2)Alzarri JosephWin299*!32.84299 v Eng at St Lucia 2019
52(+12)Mark WoodEng298*37.36369 v Pak at Dubai 2015


All-rounders (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPtsHighest Rating
1( - )Jason HolderWin439/*448 v Eng at Antigua 2019
2( - )S. Al HasanBan415489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
3( - )R. JadejaInd387438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4(+1)Ben StokesEng357395 v Win at Lord's 2017
5(-1)V. PhilanderSA341377 v SL at Galle 2018


*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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