England’s most decorated Test-match bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have surged up in the bowling rankings. It comes after their scintillating show in the drawn second Test between England and Pakistan in Southampton. Due to rains and poor light, the two teams could bat only once with the tourists managing 236 and England finishing with 110-4.
After a four-wicket haul (4/56) in Southampton, Stuart Broad has moved up one place to second with 846 points. Australia’s Pat Cummins leads the chart with 904 in his kitty. On the other hand, another veteran bowler in James Anderson moved up two spots to 14th, bagging three scalps for 60 runs. The elusive fast-bowling pair put Pakistan’s batting line-up under trouble for the most part.
Pakistan fast bowler advances to the eighth position:
The visiting team’s pace spearhead and fast bowler Mohammad Abbas surged to the eighth spot, moving upwards by two places. He took the wickets of Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley to reduce the home side to 110-4. Nevertheless, Abbas is still far away from his career-best ranking of third in October 2018.
Pakistan batting mainstay Babar Azam retained the fifth spot in the batsman’s rankings while Rizwan’s knock of 72 help him gain the 75th slot, bagging his career-best. After mustering 53, Zak Crawley attained to a career-best 81st ranking while captain and vice-captain Joe Root and Ben Stokes retained seventh and eighth spot respectively.
As far as the Test Championship points table goes, England remain only 17 points adrift of Australia’s 296, who are currently second. India leads the list with 360 points while Pakistan remains at fifth with 180.