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Alastair Cook signs off in 10th position

Alastair Cook
England opener Alastair Cook scored 71 and 147 in his last Test match to break into the top 10 rankings for batsmen

• Virat Kohli ends the series as the world’s highest-ranked batsman

England opener Alastair Cook has signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after a Player of the Match performance in the final Test against India at The Oval.

The left-hander’s scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by 118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series. This memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest rankings, which were released on Wednesday morning.

Cook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he had scored a Test best 294 against India at Edgbaston. This was the same year when Cook won the prestigious ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.

Alastair Cook poses with the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award trophy for the year 2011
Alastair Cook poses with the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award trophy for the year 2011

The former England captain has ended an impressive career with the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and Geoff Boycott (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the batsmen who scored more runs then him in the pinnacle format. Jacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot and Ricky Ponting finished in 26th place.

Apart from winning the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2011, Cook was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 (as captain). He also made his way in the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, the year in which he reached his career-best fifth position in ODIs during the month of June.

India captain Virat Kohli may have failed in his last innings on the tour, but he has finished as the number-one ranked batsman in world. He had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.

Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which starts on 4 October.

In other movements amongst the batsmen, captain Joe Root has moved up one place to fourth position after a fine knock of 125 in the second innings while other England batsmen to gain in the rankings include Jos Buttler (up nine places to 23rd) and Moeen Ali (up five places to 43rd).

Virat Kohli finished the series as the No.1 batsman in the world
Virat Kohli finished the series as the No.1 batsman in the world

India’s Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant have made big gains in the latest rankings update. Rahul has advanced 16 places to 19th position after his knock of 149 and Pant has moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.

Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the all-rounder’s list to second position.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, England fast bowler James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. After the Lord’s Test, Anderson reached a career-high 903 points. Anderson started the series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point mark.

Other bowlers to make an upward movement after The Oval Test include Ben Stokes (up one place to 27th), Adil Rashid (up six places to 44th) and Sam Curran (up four places to 51st) all advancing after taking three wickets each.

Meanwhile, England have advanced to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. They have gained eight points to move above New Zealand to 105 points and just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.

India remain the top side in the format but the result has seen them lose 10 points and slip to 115 points.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings
(as on 12 September, following the England v India Test series)

1India115 (-10)
2South Africa106
4England105 (+8)
5New Zealand102
6Sri Lanka97
8West Indies77

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings
(as on 12 September, following the England-India Test series)

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1( - )Virat KohliInd93053.92937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
2( - )Steve SmithAus92961.37947 v SA at Durban 2018
3( - )Kane WilliamsonNZ84750.35893 v Aus at Perth 2015
4(+1)Joe RootEng83551.04917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
5(-1)David WarnerAus82048.2880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6( - )C. PujaraInd77249.57888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7( - )D. KarunaratneSL754!37.28754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
8( - )D. ChandimalSL73344.96755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
9( - )Dean ElgarSA72441.05784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
10(+11)Alastair CookEng70945.35874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
11(-1)Aiden MarkramSA703*47.27759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
12(-1)Ross TaylorNZ69747.22871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
13(-1)Kraigg BrathwaiteWin69537.94701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
14(-1)Hashim AmlaSA67347.23907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
15(-1)Azhar AliPak67244.84787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
16(-1)Faf du PlessisSA66542.33734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
17( - )Kusal MendisSL64136.78693 v Win at St Lucia 2018
18(-2)Jonny BairstowEng63737.19772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
19(+16)Lokesh RahulInd63538.53761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
20(-2)Usman KhawajaAus63342747 v Pak at Sydney 2017  


BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsAvgeHighest Rating
1( - )James AndersonEng89926.84903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
2( - )Kagiso RabadaSA88221.71902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
3(+1)Vernon PhilanderSA82621.54912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
4(-1)Ravindra JadejaInd81423.65899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
5( - )Pat CumminsAus800*!23.81800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
6( - )Trent BoultNZ79527.84825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
7( - )Rangana HerathSL79127.95867 v Zim at Harare 2016
8( - )R. AshwinInd76925.59904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
9( - )Neil WagnerNZ76528.26785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10( - )Josh HazlewoodAus75926.84863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
11( - )Shannon GabrielWin757!29.57757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
12( - )Stuart BroadEng73428.92880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
13( - )Jason HolderWin732*!29.35732 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
14=( - )Tim SoutheeNZ72030.82799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
     ( - )Mitchell StarcAus72028.17805 v SA at Durban 2018
16( - )Nathan LyonAus71032.21774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
17( - )Keshav MaharajSA692*27.65695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
18( - )Yasir ShahPak68329.44878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
19(+1)Kemar RoachWin66728.31774 v SA at Centurion 2014
20(+1)Shakib Al HasanBan66531.87705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017


ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank(+/-)PlayerTeamPointsHighest Rating
1( - )Shakib Al HasanBan420489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2(+1)Ravindra JadejaInd383438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3(-1)Vernon PhilanderSA370378 v SL at Galle 2018
4( - )Jason HolderWin355/*!355 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
5( - )R. AshwinInd343493 v Eng at Mohali 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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