Virat Kohli retains No.1 position in the newly updated ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli retains No.1 position in the newly updated ICC Test rankings

James Anderson has a chance to become the number 1 bowler during the Ashes.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

New-ball bowler James Anderson will be looking to work his way back to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings as England take on Ireland in their one-off Test at Lord’s from Wednesday, only 10 days after the iconic venue hosted the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Virat Kohli continues to rule the charts in the whites. He is nine points ahead of the second-placed Kane Williamson while Cheteshwar Pujara is at the third position.

Anderson, who was overtaken by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in November last year and subsequently by the present No. 1 Pat Cummins of Australia, is ranked second and has a chance to bridge the 16-point gap in the one-off Lord’s Test before featuring in a potential direct contest with Cummins in the subsequent Ashes series.

Anderson’s fellow England fast bowler Stuart Broad (19th) will be looking to retain a top-20 place, which he has maintained since 2009, while Moeen Ali (25th, 621 points) is only 12 points behind his best ever rating points achieved in August 2017.

Captain Joe Root is the highest-ranked batsman on either side in sixth place while Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are in 26th and 27th places, respectively.

For Ireland, Kevin O’Brien’s scores of 40 and 118 on debut against Pakistan and a subsequent half-century against Afghanistan have lifted him to 68th place while Gary Wilson is 140th in the batting table. Stuart Thompson is their highest-ranked bowler in 64th position with Tim Murtagh just two places behind. Boyd Rankin, who played one Test for England in 2014, would be looking to improve his 106th position.

Team Ranking scenario

In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, England will remain in fourth position and on 105 points if they win the match but will go down to 104 in case of a draw and to 102 should they suffer a loss. Ireland will gain 13 points with a draw and 30 if they win, but will still need to play another five matches for a full ranking.

Here are the latest ICC Test rankings:

Team Rankings

Rank Country Points
1  India 113
2  New Zealand 111
3  South Africa 108
4  England 105
5  Australia 98
6  Sri Lanka 94
7  Pakistan 84
8  West Indies 82
9  Bangladesh 65
10  Zimbabwe 16

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Virat Kohli IND 922
2 Kane Williamson  NZ 913
3 Cheteshwar Pujara  IND 881
4 Steve Smith  AUS 857
5 Henry Nicholls  NZ 778
6 Joe Root  ENG 763
7 David Warner  AUS 756
8 Aiden Markram  SA 719
9 Quinton de Kock  SA 718
10 Francois du Plessis  SA 702

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Pat Cummins AUS 878
2 James Anderson  ENG 862
3 Kagiso Rabada  SA 851
4 Vernon Philander  SA 813
5 Neil Wagner  NZ 801
6 Ravindra Jadeja  IND 794
7 Trent Boult  NZ 787
8 Mohammad Abbas  PAK 770
Jason Holder  WI 770
10 Ravichandran Ashwin IND 763

Top 5 all-rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Jason Holder WI 439
2 Shakib Al Hasan  BAN 399
3 Ravindra Jadeja  IND 387
4 Ben Stokes  ENG 357
5 Vernon Philander  SA 326