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.
Updated - Nov 26, 2019 7:44 pm
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:
Top 10 batsmen
|9||Quinton de Kock||SA||718|
|10||Francois du Plessis||SA||702|
Top 10 bowlers
Top 5 all-rounders
|2||Shakib Al Hasan||BAN||399|