Jason Holder and Ben Stokes attain career-best ratings in ICC Test Player rankings

Jason Holder and Ben Stokes attain career-best ratings in ICC Test Player rankings

Ben Stokes is at the ninth position in the Test batting rankings.

Ben Stokes congratulates Jason Holder
Ben Stokes congratulates Jason Holder. (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Jason Holder and Ben Stokes make career-high gains in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, following the conclusion of the first England v West Indies Test. Captain Jason Holder has attained the highest points tally by any West Indies bowler in 20 years, reaching a career-best second place in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after playing a crucial role in his side’s four-wicket victory over England in Southampton that helped take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Holder, who picked seven wickets including a haul of six for 42 in the first innings, is now on a career-best 862 points, the best for any West Indies bowler since Courtney Walsh’s tally of 866 in August 2000.

Holder retained 35th position among batsmen after the first Test and has also reached a career-best tally of 485 points at the top of the all-rounders’ list. The competition at the top promises to gain momentum as number-two Ben Stokes has also made huge gains to attain a career-best tally of 431 points, narrowing the lead from 66 to 54 points.

Stokes, leading the side in the absence of Joe Root, has equaled his career-high ninth position among batsmen that he achieved last November, after scores of 43 and 46 at the Ageas Bowl. He is now only one place behind Root. Stokes has also risen three places in the bowlers’ list to 23rd position with six wickets in the match.

Other England players to move up the rankings include left-handed opener Rory Burns, who is in the top 30 for the first time after scores of 30 and 42, while middle-order batsman Zak Crawley is in the top 100 after accumulating 86 runs in the match.

For the visiting side, Shannon Gabriel has gained 46 points to reach a tally of 726 with a player-of-the-match effort of nine wickets, but risen only one place to 18th owing to the wide gap between him and Ravindra Jadeja (722) before the match.

Jermaine Blackwood’s superb second-innings knock of 95 has helped him advance 14 slots to 58th position among batsmen while Shane Dowrich is at a career-best 37th position after scores of 61 and 20.

What’s the situation in WTC?

The win for the West Indies earned them 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship after a 2-0 loss to India in their only previous series of the championship. England remain on 146 points and fourth place in the list led by India with 360 points. Australia are second with 296 points while New Zealand are third at 180.

Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series. More on the WTC is available here.

Here are the latest Test rankings:

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Rating Points
1 Steve Smith Australia 911
2 Virat Kohli India 886
3 Marnus Labuschagne Australia 827
4 Kane Williamson New Zealand 812
5 Babar Azam Pakistan 800
6 David Warner Australia 793
7 Cheteshwar Pujara India 766
8 Joe Root England 756
9 Ajinkya Rahane India 726
Ben Stokes England 726
29 Rory Burns England 596
35 Jason Holder West Indies 563
37 Shane Dowrich West Indies 562

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Rating Points
1 Pat Cummins Australia 904
2 Jason Holder West Indies 862
3 Neil Wagner New Zealand 843
4 Tim Southee New Zealand 812
5 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 802
6 Mitchell Starc Australia 797
7 Jasprit Bumrah India 779
8 Trent Boult New Zealand 770
9 Josh Hazlewood Australia 769
10 James Anderson England 767
18 Shannon Gabriel West Indies 726
23 Ben Stokes England 595
37 Jofra Archer England 421

All-Rounders

Rank Player Team Rating Points
1 Jason Holder West Indies 485
2 Ben Stokes England 431
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 397
4 Mitchell Starc Australia 298
5 Ravi Ashwin India 281