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England look to retain third position in Windies series

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England will have to win their upcoming three-match series against the Windies in order to retain their third position on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

    • Australia and Sri Lanka compete in mid-table clash for important Test ranking points 
    • Anderson, Khawaja, Holder and Chandimal leading players to be seen in action

England will have to win their upcoming three-match series against the Windies starting on Wednesday in order to retain third position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings while Australia and Sri Lanka will vie for important points in their two-match series starting a day later.

England’s challenge starts in Bridgetown with the Joe Root-led side knowing they have to win by at least a 1-0 margin to remain ahead of fourth-ranked New Zealand. A series victory will keep England ahead of New Zealand (107) on decimal points while a drawn series will see them drop to fourth position and 105 points.

A 3-0 sweep will lift England to 109 points but they will remain behind India and South Africa, while the Windies will remain in eighth position irrespective of how the matches pans out.

In the other series starting on Thursday, Australia and Sri Lanka will remain in fifth and sixth positions, respectively, whatever the series result. Australia will gain three points and go up to 104 if they win 2-0 with Sri Lanka losing two and going down to 89 in such a scenario. Sri Lanka can go up to 95 points and to within two points of Australia with a 2-0 series win. The predictor function is available here.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings, second-ranked England fast bowler James Anderson would be looking to overtake South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, with only eight points separating them while captain Joe Root will be the top-ranked batsman for the visiting side. For the Windies, Roston Chase (43rd) will the leading batsman in terms of rankings and captain Jason Holder (10th) the leading bowler.

For Australia, the fast bowling pair of Pat Cummins (fourth) and Josh Hazlewood (11th) among bowlers and Usman Khawana (12th) among batsmen will be the ones fancying their chances of moving up high on the rankings. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal (16th) will be the top-ranked batsman for the visiting side in the absence of Angelo Mathews while Dilruwan Perera (26th) will be their top bowler.

Series scenarios:

Windies v England

• England win 3-0 – England 109 points, Windies 69 points
• England win 2-0 – England 108, Windies 70
• England win 1-0 or 2-1 – England 107, Windies 72
• Drawn series – England 105, Windies 74
• Windies win 1-0 or 2-1 – England 104, Windies 77
• Windies win 2-0 – England 103, Windies 78
• Windies win 1-0 – England 102, Windies 79

Australia v Sri Lanka

• Australia win 2-0 – Australia 104 points, Sri Lanka 89 points
• Australia win 1-0 – Australia 103, Sri Lanka 90
• Drawn series – Australia 100, Sri Lanka 92
• Sri Lanka win 1-0 – Australia 98, Sri Lanka 94
• Sri Lanka win 2-0 – Australia 97, Sri Lanka 95

Upcoming fixtures:

Windies v England:

23-27 Jan: 1st Test, Bridgetown
31 Jan-4 Feb: 2nd Test, Antigua
9-13 Feb: 3rd Test, Gros Islet

Australia v Sri Lanka:

24-28 Jan: 1st Test, Brisbane
1-5 Feb: 2nd Test, Canberra

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 21 January, before the Windies-England and Australia-Sri Lanka series):

Rank Team Points
1. India 116
2. South Africa 110
3. England 108
4. New Zealand  107
5. Australia 101
6. Sri Lanka 91
7. Pakistan 88
8. West Indies 70
9. Bangladesh 69
10. Zimbabwe 13
11. Afghanistan 00
12. Ireland 00

 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 21 January, before the Windies-England and Australia-Sri Lanka Tests)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank

Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating

1

Virat Kohli

Ind

922

53.76

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2

K. Williamson

NZ

897

51.44

915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3

C. Pujara

Ind

881

51.18

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4

Steve Smith

Aus

874

61.37

947 v SA at Durban 2018

5

Joe Root

Eng

807

50.44

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6

David Warner

Aus

772

48.20

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

Henry Nicholls

NZ

763*!

43.54

763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

8

Aiden Markram

SA

741*

45.96

759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9

D. Karunaratne

SL

715

37.08

754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

10

Hashim Amla

SA

711

47.33

907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

11

Dean Elgar

SA

693

40.10

784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

12=

A. Mathews

SL

687

44.79

877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

 

U. Khawaja

Aus

687

42.11

747 v Pak at Sydney 2017

14

Q. de Kock

SA

683

38.17

802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

15

Tom Latham

NZ

676!

41.59

676 v SL at Christchurch 2018

16

D. Chandimal

SL

675

43.53

755 v Win at St Lucia 2018

17

Rishabh Pant

Ind

673*!

49.71

673 v Aus at Sydney 2019

18

Kusal Mendis

SL

671

37.90

693 v Win at St Lucia 2018

19

Faf du Plessis

SA

667

42.07

734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

20

Babar Azam

Pak

658!

35.28

658 v SA at Johannesburg 2019 

 

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

K. Rabada

SA

882

21.41

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2

J. Anderson

Eng

874

26.98

903 v Ind at Lord's 2018

3

V. Philander

SA

809

21.73

912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4

Pat Cummins

Aus

804*

24.51

836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

5

R. Jadeja

Ind

794

23.68

899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6

Trent Boult

NZ

771

27.90

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

7

M. Abbas

Pak

770*

18.86

838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

8

Tim Southee

NZ

767

29.93

799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

9

R. Ashwin

Ind

763

25.43

904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10

Jason Holder

Win

751*

28.50

766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

11

J. Hazlewood

Aus

743

27.14

863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

12

S. Gabriel

Win

742

29.73

757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

13

Nathan Lyon

Aus

723

32.10

774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

14

Neil Wagner

NZ

721

28.88

785 v Win at Wellington 2017

15

Jasprit Bumrah

Ind

711*!

21.89

711 v Aus at Sydney 2019

16

Yasir Shah

Pak

710

28.72

878 v Eng at Lord's 2016

17

Mehidy Hasan

Ban

696*!

29.78

696 v Win at Dhaka 2018

18

Stuart Broad

Eng

694

29.04

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

19

S. Al Hasan

Ban

675

31.27

705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

20

Mitchell Starc

Aus

670

28.91

805 v SA at Durban 2018

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Highest Rating

1

( - )

S. Al Hasan

Ban

415

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2

( - )

R. Jadeja

Ind

387

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3

( - )

Jason Holder

Win

365/*

381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

4

(+1)

Ben Stokes

Eng

342

396 v Win at Lord's 2017

5

(-1)

V. Philander

SA

341

378 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
 
For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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