England players Sam Curran and Jack Leach have made significant gains in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a 143-run victory over Ireland in their one-off Test at Lord’s even as they prepare to host Australia for the Ashes series starting on Thursday.
In a low-scoring Test that saw Ireland earn the early honours, spinner Leach’s knock of 92 on being promoted to open the innings after coming in at number 11 in the first innings, has seen him not only win the player of the match award but also gain 57 places to reach 117th position.
Curran has gained in all three lists, moving up three places to 52nd among batsmen after scores of 18 and 37 and advancing six places to 67th with a first innings haul of three for 28. His efforts have also lifted him eight places to 23rd among all-rounders.
Stuart Broad has moved up one place to 18th after finishing with seven wickets in the match, while Chris Woakes’s second innings haul of six for 17 has helped him retain 33rd position among bowlers.
Ireland, who ensured a dramatic start to the four-day Test as they bowled England out for only 85, saw quite a few of their bowlers move up the rankings. New-ball bowler Tim Murtagh has gained 25 places to reach 41st position after his impressive haul of five for 13 in the first innings while Stuart Thompson (up 11 places to 53rd) and Boyd Rankin (up 21 places to 84th) have advanced in the bowlers’ list.
In the batting rankings, Andy Balbirnie (up 27 places to 115th), Paul Stirling (up 18 places to 144th) and opener James McCollum (up eight places to 147th) have made their way up.
England’s players will get a chance to improve their rankings in the upcoming Ashes when they take on some of the best in the business.
England captain Joe Root slipped a place to seventh after the Test against Ireland but will be hoping to work his way towards the top while new-ball bowler James Anderson will be looking to wrest back the top place from Australia’s Pat Cummins after missing the one-off Test at Lord’s.
Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner, currently in fourth and sixth positions, too have the chance of improving their rankings, while Nathan Lyon will be looking to move up again after being overtaken by Broad.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, England remain in fourth position and on 105 points after winning the match while Ireland have yet to win a point after three matches.
In the upcoming Ashes, Australia will overtake England to fourth position with a series win while England can gain up to six points and move up the table.
- England win 5-0 – England 111 points, Australia 90 points
- England win 4-0 – England 110, Australia 92
- England win 3-0 or 4-1 – England 109, Australia 93
- England win 2-0 – England 108, Australia 95
- England win 1-0 or 3-2 – England 106, Australia 96
- Australia win 5-0 – Australia 108, England 97
- Australia win 4-0 – Australia 107, England 98
- Australia win 3-0 or 4-1 – Australia 105, England 99
- Australia win 2-0 – Australia 104, England 100
- Australia win 1-0 or 3-2 – Australia 102, England 102 (Australia ahead on decimals)
MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 27 July, after the one-off England-Ireland Test):
Rank Team Points
- India 113
- New Zealand 111
- South Africa 108
- England 105
- Australia 98
- Sri Lanka 94
- Pakistan 84
- West Indies 82
- Bangladesh 65
- Zimbabwe 16
*Afghanistan and Ireland have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table