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Cook achieves highest ranking in three years

Alistair Cook
Australia must beat Bangladesh to retain fourth place in Test team rankings

Alistair Cook has made a strong charge on the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following a stellar performance in the day/night Test against the Windies, which England won by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Cook not only walked away with the Player of the Match award for his 243, but his fourth career double-century also earned him six points that has put him in sixth spot in the latest rankings, which were released on Sunday morning.

This is Cook’s highest ranking since he surged to number five in March 2013.

Cook, who achieved a career-high second place in September 2011, now has Virat Kohli firmly within his sights as the England opener is just eight points behind the India captain.

England captain Joe Root has returned to the 900-point mark following his 13th career century. For scoring 136, Root received 14 points, which has taken him to 905 points – 36 behind Australia captain Steve Smith, who will defend his number-one ranking in the upcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh.

Second-ranked James Anderson has trimmed number-one ranked Ravindra’s Jadeja’s lead to just nine points after collecting 15 points.
Second-ranked James Anderson has trimmed number-one ranked Ravindra’s Jadeja’s lead to just nine points after collecting 15 points.

There is no change in the top 20 bowlers, but both James Anderson and Stuart Broad have gained valuable points after equally sharing 10 wickets between them with the pink ball at Edgbaston.

Second-ranked Anderson has trimmed number-one ranked Ravindra’s Jadeja’s lead to just nine points after collecting 15 points, while seventh-ranked Broad has picked up six points to narrow Kagiso Rabada’s lead to just four points.

The only good news for the Windies is the movement of Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase in the batting and bowling tables respectively.

Blackwood, who scored 79 not out and 12, has moved up six places to 41st, while Chase, who took four for 113, has climbed four places and is now in 73rd place in the bowling chart.

Meanwhile, Australia has arrived in Bangladesh for a two-Test series, fully aware that it has to win the series to retain its number-four position. In all other outcomes, Australia will drop places. It will slip to fifth if either the series is drawn or Bangladesh wins 1-0, but will drop to sixth if the home side wins both the Tests.

Bangladesh v Australia series permutations 

  • If Bangladesh wins 2-0 – Australia 92 (6th), Bangladesh 81 (8th)
  • If Bangladesh wins 1-0 – Australia 94 (5th), Bangladesh 79 (8th)
  • If series end in a draw – Australia 97 (5th), Bangladesh 74 (8th)
  • If Australia wins 1-0 – Australia 100 (4th), Bangladesh 69 (8th)
  • If Australia wins 2-0 – Australia 101 (4th), Bangladesh 66 (8th)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 20 August 2017, before the start of Bangladesh v Australia Test series)

Rank   Team              Points

  1. India 125
  2. South Africa 110
  3. England 105
  4. Australia 100
  5. New Zealand 97
  6. Pakistan 93
  7. Sri Lanka 90
  8. West Indies 75
  9. Bangladesh 69
  10. Zimbabwe 00

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on August 2017, after the Edgbaston Test and before the start of Bangladesh v Australia Test series)

BATSMEN (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1           ( - )          Steve Smith          Aus         941!       61.05     941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

   2           ( - )          Joe Root                Eng         905         54.07     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

   3           ( - )          Kane Williamson NZ           880         51.16     893 v Aus at Perth 2015

   4           ( - )          C. Pujara               Ind          876         52.65     888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   5           ( - )          Virat Kohli             Ind          806         49.55     895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

   6           (+6)         Alastair Cook        Eng         798         46.83     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

   7           ( - )          Azhar Ali                Pak         769         46.86     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

   8           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           764         49.00     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   9           ( - )          Lokesh Rahul       Ind          761*!     46.27     761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

  10         ( - )          Ajinkya Rahane   Ind          760         47.61     825 v NZ at Indore 2016

Selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

  12         (-6)          Jonny Bairstow    Eng         756         40.92     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  23         (-3)          Moeen Ali              Eng         636         34.58     655 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  25         (-1)          Ben Stokes           Eng         616         34.01     631 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

  30         (-3)          Kraigg Brathwaite                Win         606         35.14     677 v Pak at Sharjah 2016

  32         (-7)          Roston Chase      Win         602*      44.23     626 v Pak at Dominica 2017

  41         (+6)         J. Blackwood        Win         551         32.94     575 v Eng at Barbados 2015

  61         (-10)       Jason Holder        Win         455         29.23     486 v Pak at Dominica 2017

BOWLERS

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

   1           ( - )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          884         23.60     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

   2           ( - )          James Anderson Eng         875         27.71     884 v SL at Durham 2016

   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          852         25.26     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

   4           ( - )          Josh Hazlewood  Aus         826         25.39     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

   5           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           809         28.25     867 v Zim at Harare 2016

   6           ( - )          Kagiso Rabada    SA           785*      24.56     821 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   7           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         781         28.47     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

   8           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           763         22.30     909 v Win at Centurion 2014

   9           ( - )          Vernon Philander                SA           751         22.45     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

  10         ( - )          Neil Wagner         NZ           745         28.90     767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

Selected rankings

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating

  18         ( - )          Moeen Ali              Eng         633!       36.49     633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017

  22         ( - )          Ben Stokes           Eng         565*      35.32     590 v SA at The Oval 2017

  28         (RE)        Kemar Roach       Win         522         30.44     774 v SA at Centurion 2014

  39         (-4)          Jason Holder        Win         434*      37.71     447 v Pak at Dominica 2017

  42         (+2)         T Roland-Jones   Eng         401*!     19.35     401 v Win at Edgbaston 2017

  73         (+4)         Roston Chase      Win         242*!     47.66     242 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

  74         (-1)          Jeetan Patel         NZ           241*      47.35     368 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2009

  75         (-1)          Jayant Yadav        Ind          236*      33.36     298 v Eng at Mohali 2016

  76         (-1)          Carl Mumba         Zim         221*      37.25     223 v SL at Harare 2016

  77         (-11)       Alzarri Joseph      Win         206*      38.86     260 v Pak at Dominica 2017

ALL-ROUNDERS

Rank      (+/-)         Player                    Team     Points    Highest Rating

   1           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         431        443 v NZ at Christchurch 2017

   2           ( - )          Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          430        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

   3           ( - )          R. Ashwin              Ind          422        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

   4           ( - )          Moeen Ali              Eng         403        409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

   5           ( - )          Ben Stokes           Eng         348/*     362 v SA at The Oval 2017

*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

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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