Fast bowlers lead the charge in Test rankings
Windies captain Jason Holder and Australia’s Pat Cummins led a charge of the fast brigade in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after their sides completed commanding victories over England and Sri Lanka, respectively.
Holder’s five wickets in the Antigua Test have lifted him four places to a career-best sixth position after the Windies scored an impressive 10-wicket win over England to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Holder, who last week became the first Windies player since ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sir Gary Sobers to top the list of Test all-rounders, added another feather to his cap by reaching a tally of 778 rating points, the highest by any Windies bowler since the retirement of Courtney Walsh in 2001.
— ICC (@ICC) February 4, 2019
The Player of the Match in Antigua though was Kemar Roach, who grabbed four wickets in each innings. He was rewarded with a jump of eight slots to 12th position, just one place behind his compatriot Shannon Gabriel, who advanced one slot.
The presence of three Windies bowlers in the top 12 is reminiscent of the dominance of their pace bowlers in the past, and the best since they had four in the top 12 in mid-1996 – Curtley Ambrose (first), Courtney Walsh (fifth), Ian Bishop (seventh) and Kenny Benjamin (12th).
Australia fast bowlers too have made a mark in the latest rankings update. Pat Cummins has reached a career-best second position after taking four wickets in the Canberra Test while new-ball bowler Mitchell Starc’s Player of the Match haul of 10 wickets has lifted him 10 places to 15th position after the 366-run victory.
— ICC (@ICC) February 2, 2019
Other bowlers to improve in the latest rankings update include Moeen Ali of England (up two places to 28th) and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia (up 20 places to a career-best 54th).
In the rankings for batsmen, Usman Khawaja has gained three slots to reach 13th position after an unbeaten 101 in the second innings while his teammate Travis Head has gained a whopping 23 slots to reach a career-best 20th position after scores of 161 and 59 not out.
The Windies batsmen to advance include Kraigg Brathwaite (up one place to 33rd), Shane Dowrich (up two places to 45th), Shai Hope (up five places to 46th) and Darren Bravo (up two places to 55th) after his determined 50 in 342 minutes.
“Points are still up for grabs in the overall rankings” – Jason Holder wants Windies to rise through the ranks and win the #WIvENG Test series 3-0.
— ICC (@ICC) February 3, 2019
For England, Jonny Bairstow’s first-innings half-century has helped him push up two places to 23rd position while wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has gained eight places to reach 64th in the list.
Meanwhile, there has been no change in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, which are updated at the end of each series. Australia though have gained three points after winning the two Tests against Sri Lanka. They remain in fifth position with 104 points while Sri Lanka have lost two points but stay ahead of Pakistan with 89 points.
Sri Lanka, however, face the prospect of slipping behind Pakistan during an upcoming two-Test tour of South Africa should they suffer another series loss. On the other hand, second-placed South Africa risk losing their second position, depending on how results pan out in that series as well as the last match of the Windies-England series in St Lucia.
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MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 5 February after the Australia-Sri Lanka series)
|6.||Sri Lanka||89 (-2)|
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 5 February, after the Antigua and Canberra Tests)
Batsmen (top 10)
|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||857||61.37||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|5||(+2)||Henry Nicholls||NZ||763*!||43.54||763 v SL at Christchurch 2018|
|6||( – )||David Warner||Aus||756||48.2||880 v NZ at Perth 2015|
|7||(+1)||Aiden Markram||SA||741*||45.96||759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|8||(-3)||Joe Root||Eng||740||49.23||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|9||( – )||Hashim Amla||SA||711||47.33||907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013|
|10||(+1)||Dean Elgar||SA||693||40.1||784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
Other selected rankings
|20||(+23)||Travis Head||Aus||644*!||51||644 v SL at Canberra 2019|
|23||(+2)||Jonny Bairstow||Eng||642||37.29||772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017|
|33||(+1)||K. Brathwaite||Win||596||35.35||701 v Eng at Headingley 2017|
|45||(+2)||Shane Dowrich||Win||535!||29.88||535 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|46=||(+5)||Shai Hope||Win||534||28.88||653 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017|
|53=||(+2)||Tim Paine||Aus||509*||35.14||528 v Ind at Melbourne 2018|
|55||(+2)||Darren Bravo||Win||508||39.23||709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012|
|58||(+6)||Moeen Ali||Eng||474||30.28||655 v SA at Old Trafford 2017|
|64||(+8)||Ben Foakes||Eng||451*||41.5||507 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2018|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( – )||Kagiso Rabada||SA||882||21.41||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|2||(+1)||Pat Cummins||Aus||878*!||22.02||878 v SL at Canberra 2019|
|3||(-1)||James Anderson||Eng||860||26.97||903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018|
|4||( – )||Vernon Philander||SA||809||21.73||912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013|
|5||( – )||Ravindra Jadeja||Ind||794||23.68||899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017|
|6||(+4)||Jason Holder||Win||778*!||27.69||778 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|7||(-1)||Trent Boult||NZ||771||27.9||825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015|
|8||(-1)||M. Abbas||Pak||770*||18.86||838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018|
|9||(-1)||Tim Southee||NZ||767||29.93||799 v Win at Jamaica 2014|
|10||(-1)||R. Ashwin||Ind||763||25.43||904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016|
Other selected rankings
|11||(+1)||S. Gabriel||Win||732||29.64||757 v Ban at Jamaica 2018|
|12||(+8)||Kemar Roach||Win||730||27.41||774 v SA at Centurion 2014|
|15||(+10)||Mitchell Starc||Aus||719||28.2||805 v SA at Durban 2018|
|28||(+2)||Moeen Ali||Eng||609||37.07||633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017|
|53||(+12)||Alzarri Joseph||Win||288*!||31.27||288 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|54||(+20)||M. Labuschagne||Aus||285*!||27.11||285 v SL at Canberra 2019|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( – )||Jason Holder||Win||448/*!||448 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|2||( – )||S. Al Hasan||Ban||415||489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|3||( – )||R. Jadeja||Ind||387||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|4||(+1)||V. Philander||SA||341||377 v SL at Galle 2018|
|5||(-1)||Ben Stokes||Eng||331||395 v Win at Lord’s 2017|
*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.