England’s engrossing 22-run win over Bangladesh in the opening Test in Chittagong that ended on Monday, has seen wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow move up two slots to a career-best 11th place in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen with scores of 52 and 47.
Moeen Ali has also reached a career-high 26th rank as his scores of 68 and 14 have helped him move up two slots.
England’s Ben Stokes won the player of the match award for his performance in the Chittagong Test and this is reflected in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.
Stokes, who along with Root and Jos Buttler played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 in New Zealand, has not only gained eight positions to reach 36th in the batting rankings with scores of 18 and 85, but has also moved up four slots to 23rd rank among bowlers after grabbing six wickets in the match.
The 25-year-old has also reached a career-best fourth rank in the all-rounders’ list after gaining three places and is now just 11 points behind Ali, who is England’s highest-ranked all-rounder in third place
For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has moved up two slots to reach 24th position with scores of 78 and nine, while debutant Sabbir Rahman has entered the top 100 in 92nd position with innings of 19 and 64 not out.
For the West Indies, who are currently playing Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo has slipped out of the top 20 but Kraigg Brathwaite has moved up three places to 32nd rank following scores of 21 and 67, while Jermaine Blackwood has gained 11 places to 41st rank following contributions of eight and 95.
In the MRF Tyres Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, which is led by India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s match haul of 10 for 210 in Abu Dhabi has seen him return to the top five.
Yasir, who peaked to the top during the summer series against England, has joined England’s Stuart Broad in fifth place, who has dropped one place after claiming just two Bangladesh wickets in Chittagong.
Other bowlers to head in the right direction include, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in 15th (up by two places), England’s Ali in 27th (up by four places), Taijul Islam of Bangladesh in 36th (up by six places) and West Indies captain Jason Holder in 59th (up by two places).
The player rankings will now be updated following the Sharjah Test between Pakistan and the West Indies, which is scheduled to conclude on 3 November.
Edgbaston hosts England’s first day/night Investec Test Match next summer, when they entertain West Indies from Thursday 17 to Monday 21 August.
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