England pacer James Anderson with an excellent bowling performance at Lord’s against India became the seventh bowler from England to get to 900 rating points in the ‘ICC Player Bowler Rakings’ in Tests. He is also the first England player in 38 years to breach this milestone. All-rounder Ian Botham in 1980 was the previous bowler from England to breach this milestone.
Jimmy picked up 9 for 43 (5 wickets in the first innings, 4 wickets in the second innings) in the second Test match against India to cross the 900-mark in the rankings. He is currently the top ranked Test bowler with 903 points, his career best rating points. South African pacer Kagiso Rabada is second in this list with 882 rating points.
Sydney Barnes (932 rating points), George Lohmann (931), Tony Lock (912), Ian Botham (911), Derek Underwood (907) and Alec Bedser (903) are the other six England bowlers to have breached the 900 rating points mark so far in this format of the game. James Anderson is currently the leading wicket taker for England in this format with 553 scalps and is also the only bowler till date to pick up 100 wickets in Test matches played at Lord’s.
Indian captain Virat Kohli with scores of 149 and 51 in the first Test match at Edgbaston dethroned Steven Smith from the top position in the ICC Player Batsman Rankings. However, with two low scores in the second Test match at Lord’s, he is now back to the second position. After the Lord’s Test match, Steven Smith is at the top of the Batsmen Rankings with 929 rating points while Virat Kohli is second with 919 points.
England all-rounder Chris Woakes slammed his maiden Test century (unbeaten on 137*) in the only innings England batted at Lord’s and also picked up 4 wickets in the match – 2 wickets apiece in both the innings. With his unbeaten 137*, Woakes is now placed at 50th position (gained 34 places) in the ICC Player Batsmen Rankings while moved up three places to 32nd in the ICC Player Bowler Rankings.
With an all-round performance in the Lord’s Test, Chris Woakes moved up five places in the ICC Player All-rounder Rankings and is currently stationed at 7th position.
Ravindra Jadeja with 849 points is at the third position of the ICC Player Bowler Rankings in Tests and he is India’s best ranked bowler in this format. Shocking to see him warming the bench while India lost both the first two Test matches against England. May be Indian team management too are agreeing to the fact that they need spinners only to whitewash teams in the Indian conditions.
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