Ben Stokes displaces Holder to develop into world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder


Dubai, July 21

England’s Ben Stokes has outdone West Indies captain Jason Holder to develop into the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder whereas additionally attaining a career-best third place amongst batsmen within the ICC Test Player Rankings, following a match-winning efficiency at Old Trafford.

Stokes, who trailed Holder by 54 ranking factors going into the second Test in Manchester, enjoys a lead of 38 factors after his knocks of 176 and 78 not out, and a match haul of three wickets helped England win by 113 runs and degree the three-match collection 1-1.

Stokes ended Holder’s 18-month reign on the high, turning into the primary from England on the summit since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006. His tally of 497 ranking factors is the best by any Test all-rounder since Jacques Kallis aggregated 517 in April 2008.

India’s Ravindra Jadeja stays in third spot with Australian Mitchell Starc and Ravichandran Ashwin rounding up the top-five.

Among batsmen, Stokes is joint-third with Marnus Labuschagne, solely behind Steve Smith and India skipper Virat Kohli, with specialist batsmen like Kane Williamson and Babar Azam under him within the listing. England captain Joe Root is ninth whereas opener Dom Sibley has superior 29 locations to a career-best 35th place after a sturdy first innings 120.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have a dropped a spot every to be eighth and 10th respectively, having not performed since March as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuart Broad, who was not picked for the opening Test, returned to the highest 10 of the bowlers’ rankings after claiming three wickets in every innings.

He is now England’s top-ranked bowler, one slot forward of James Anderson, who dropped to 11th after being rested for the match. Chris Woakes, who scalped 5 wickets within the match to achieve the 100-wicket mark, is in 21st place, his highest since late 2016.

For the West Indies, Shamarh Brooks has moved up 27 locations to a career-best 45th place after scores of 68 and 62. He is now simply 4 slots behind Holder, who stays the top-ranked West Indies batsman in 41st place regardless of slipping 4 locations.

Holder has additionally dropped a slot amongst bowlers to take third place, behind Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner.

Roston Chase has gained two locations within the bowlers’ listing after a five-wicket haul within the first innings.

The win at Old Trafford has additionally lifted England to 3rd place within the ICC World Test Championship. They are actually on 186 factors, six greater than New Zealand.

India lead with 360 factors whereas Australia are second at 296. The West Indies stay on 40 factors.

Each collection of the WTC is price 120 factors, distributed evenly over the variety of matches in a collection. The factors vary from 60 for every match of a two-Test collection to 24 for every match of a five-Test collection. PTI



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