With the help of 71 and 147 in his swansong, Alastair Cook bid adieu to the game in style. The England vanguard batsman ended his career after reaching the tenth place in the latest ICC Test rankings. Cook wasn’t in the best of forms in the first four Test matches against India. However, he was able to find his Midas Touch in his final game as he scored a total of 218 runs. Thus, it must be satisfying for Cook to end his career on a high as went out with his head held high.
Furthermore, England went on to win the fifth Test match at the Oval by 118 runs and therefore the series by 4-1. Consequently, it acted as the perfect cherry on the cake at the farewell of one of the finest England players. Cook ended his career with 12,472 runs and 33 Test hundreds as the most successful English player. Moreover, Cook received the Player of the match award in his last appearance in the England whites.
Alastair Cook goes out on a high.
Cook also ended his career as the fifth highest run-getter in the red ball version. In fact, there is no doubt he will go down as one the best openers in the longest format.
Meanwhile, England captain Joe Root who had slipped in the rankings got back to the fourth place in the ladder. However, Virat Kohli remained at the numero uno position despite his golden duck in the final innings of the series.
KL Rahul gained significantly in the latest rankings as he jumped by 16 places to occupy the 19th place. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant who scored his maiden Test century gained 63 places to take the 111th rank with the career-high rating of 285 points.
Ravindra Jadeja jumped by 12 positions to move to the 58th rank after scoring an unbeaten 86 on his return to the Test playing XI. Jos Buttler ended as the second highest run-getter in the series with 349 runs and moved up by nine places to perch at 23rd rank.
James Anderson continues to rule at the pinnacle of the bowler’s rankings. Meanwhile, India continues to be at the summit of the latest ICC Test rankings despite the series loss. On the other hand. England moved to the fourth place in the rankings tree.
Here is the ICC Test Batsmen Rankings: