DUBAI: England’s fast bowler James Anderson has leapfrogged his new-ball partner Stuart Broad to become the No. 1 Test bowler in the ICC rankings.
This is the first time Anderson has occupied the top of the table in his Test career, which began in 2003, An sports based news website reported Tuesday.
Anderson has picked up 18 wickets in the first two Tests of the ongoing home series against Sri Lanka, collecting 79 points in that period and gaining four spots in the rankings.
His figures of 3 for 36 and 5 for 58 in the second Test in Chester-le-Street gave him 30 points, and moved him above Broad and India off-spinner R Ashwin. Broad, who took five wickets in the second Test, dropped three points and slipped behind Ashwin to third place.
Other bowlers to improve their rankings post the Chester-le-Street Test are Nuwan Pradeep (43rd, up by five places), Milinda Siriwardana (50th, up by 13 places) and Chris Woakes (73rd, up by 16 places).
In the batting table, England’s Moeen Ali has achieved a career-best ranking.
Moeen Ali, who scored a career-best unbeaten 155 in England’s first innings, achieved his highest batting ranking, jumping 12 places to No. 35. He has also moved to sixth on the allrounders’ list, and sits a point behind his team-mate Ben Stokes.
Opener Alex Hales has also continued to head in the right direction. After scoring 83 and 11, the 27-year-old batsman has moved up nine places to 70th.
In the past two Tests, Hales has gained 47 places and looks strong to gain further spots as he is still in the qualification period. A batsman qualifies for a full rating after he has played 40 Test innings, while Hales has so far batted in only 11 Test innings.
Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal, who scored 126 in the second innings, has moved up one place to 19th, while Nick Compton is now in 67thspot after rising one place.
Alastair Cook, who became the first England batsman to complete 10,000 Test runs while scoring 47 not out in the second innings, has retained his 15th position.
Australia captain Steve Smith is the number-one ranked Test batsman, followed by Joe Root of England and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
1 : James Anderson Eng 884!
2 : R. Ashwin Ind 871!
3 : Stuart Broad Eng 869
4 : Yasir Shah Pak 846*!
5 : Dale Steyn SA 841
6 : Ravindra Jadeja Ind 789*!
7 : Trent Boult NZ 757
8 : Josh Hazlewood Aus 741*
9 : Morne Morkel SA 724
10 : Vernon Philander SA 717
1 : Steve Smith Aus 925
2 : Joe Root Eng 878
3 : Kane Williamson NZ 868
4 : Hashim Amla SA 860
5 : Younus Khan Pak 826
6 : AB de Villiers SA 818
7 : Adam Voges Aus 811*!
8 : David Warner Aus 800
9 : Angelo Mathews SL 784
10 : Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 764