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Anderson, Woakes make big gains, Kohli slips back to No.2

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James Anderson’s nine wickets in the Lord’s Test has earned him 19 points, helping him break the 900-point barrier – he is the first England bowler to do so since Ian Botham in 1980.

Anderson tore through the Indian batsmen in the second Test, returning an excellent 5/20 in 13.2 overs in the first innings to restrict India to 107. In the second innings, he picked up four more wickets to end with an excellent match haul of 9/43. His performance helped England beat India by an innings and 159 runs.

Anderson currently sits atop the MRF Tyres ICC Rankings for Test bowlers with 903 rating points, with South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada close on his heels at No.2 with 882 points.

Chris Woakes hit a maiden Test century with an unbeaten 137 against India at Lord's
Chris Woakes hit a maiden Test century with an unbeaten 137 against India at Lord's

The big story to emerge from the Lord’s Test, however, was Chris Woakes’ massive leap across the rankings in all departments.

His maiden century – a 177-ball 132* – helped England recover from 131/5 and post a lead of 289. It earned him the Player of the Match award. Woakes also picked up the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli in the first innings, and his returns of 2/19 and 2/24 helped him jump five spots in the rankings for all-rounders – he is now in the top 10, ranked No.7.

Woakes also made a giant leap of 34 places in the rankings for batsmen, and now sits at No.50, with a career-high 496 points. Among the bowlers, he rose three places to No.32.

All-time high rating points for England bowlers in Test matches
All-time high rating points for England bowlers in Test matches

Jonny Bairstow was another Englishman to fare well in the latest rankings, entering the top 10 among batsmen with a jump of three places – Bairstow agonisingly missed out on a century at Lord’s when he was dismissed by Hardik Pandya for 93.

The Indians, meanwhile, had a few slip-ups. For starters, Virat Kohli’s stay at the top of the batsmen’s rankings turned out to be a brief one.

Last week, he became the first Indian to become the No.1-ranked Test batsman since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011, but his scores of 23 and 17 at Lord’s cost him 15 points. He is now back at No.2 with 919 points, behind Steve Smith, who leads the charts with 929 despite not being involved in any action.

Virat Kohli's stay at the top of the batting charts was a brief one
Virat Kohli's stay at the top of the batting charts was a brief one

Murali Vijay slipped eight places to No.33 after being dismissed for a pair at Lord’s. This, after he managed just 20 and 6 in the first Test at Edgbaston. Dinesh Karthik fell 18 places and is now ranked No.195 after totalling just one run across two innings at Lord’s.

Among the bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav fell by 13 places to No.70 after his returns of 1/44 in nine overs at Lord’s.

Pleasingly for India, a couple of players made decent gains. Ravichandran Ashwin’s stock as a batsman rose after scores of 29 and 33* – he jumped 10 places to No.57 in the batting charts, and is now the No.3-ranked player among all-rounders after moving up by one place.

Hardik Pandya jumped 18 places in the all-rounders’ charts, and is now ranked No.44 – he returned 3/66 and resisted the relentless English attack during knocks of 11 and 26.

It also earned him a jump of 25 places among the batsmen, and he is now ranked No.74 in the world.

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