ICC Test Rankings: England, Zimbabwe Players Make Significant Gains
England and Zimbabwe players were the amongst the significant gainers in the latest update of ICC Test rankings. Zimbabwe went on to stun Bangladesh by 151 runs whereas England won the first Test match at Galle by 211 runs. Thus, players of both these teams made gains in the ICC Rankings. England’s southpaw opener Keaton Jennings and debutant Ben Foakes were the biggest gainers.
Keaton Jennings who continued his love affair with the subcontinent pitches scored a fine knock of 46 and unbeaten 146. Thus, the left-handed batsman jumped by 41 places to occupy the 46th rank. On the other hand, Ben Foakes had a perfect start to his Test career as the wicketkeeper-batsman scored a century on debut. Therefore, the right-hander made a fine entry to the ICC Test rankings as he takes the 69th place.
Keaton Jennings moves up.
Sam Curran gained nine places to move to the 35th rank in ICC Batsmen list after scoring an invaluable 48 in the first innings. Ben Stokes also made a vault of three places after scoring 62 in the second innings.
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali scalped four wickets in both innings to take 8-137. Thus, the off-spinner moved up by four places to the 27th position. On the other hand, Moeen Ali’s spin partner Adil Rashid took a jump of three places after taking three scalps.
Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Dilruwan Perera who took seven wickets in the first Test match moved to the 19th place in the ICC Test rankings. However, Sri Lanka’s veteran spinner Rangana Herath could not end his career on a high as he slipped by one position to eighth place in the rankings table.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza scored 52 and 48 in the first Test match against Bangladesh. Thus, the right-hander took a leap of 12 places to claim the 34th rank. Sean Williams who was the Man of the match for his 88 and 20 jumped by 17 places to perch at the 77th spot.
Peter Moor scored a fine knock of 63 which has helped him gain six places in the ICC Test rankings to move to 86th position. Kyle Jarvis takes the 60th place, Sikander Raza makes a jump of five places to take 70th rank whereas Brandon Mavuta entered the rankings with 81st rank after four wickets in the second innings.
Meanwhile, Taijul Islam made a gain of five places to move to the 31st rank after taking 11 wickets in the first Test.