England’s all-rounder Sam Curran and spinner Jack Leach have moved up the ladder in the latest ICC Test rankings. The English team was able to defeat Ireland by a massive margin of 143 runs in the one-off Test match. Jack Leach who was awarded the Man of the match for the superb knock of 92 runs has made a jump of 57 places to take the 117th rank.
The southpaw batsman was promoted as the opener in the second innings and he was able to grab the opportunity with both hands. On the other hand, all-rounder Sam Curran made gains in all three departments. Curran who scored vital knocks of 18 and 37 runs made a jump of three positions to take the 52nd place in batsmen rankings.
England players make significant gains.
The southpaw seamer vaulted by six places in the bowler’s rankings after taking three wickets in the first dig. Consequently, the all-rounder made a jump of eight places to get to 23rd rank in all-rounders’ list.
On the other hand, England veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad has moved up by a place to take the 18th place. Broad had scalped seven wickets in the one-off Test match. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes who scalped his career-best figures of 6-17 in the second essay retains his 33rd place in the bowlers’ ladder.
Meanwhile, Ireland Tim Murtagh who scalped a five-wicket haul in the first innings to bundle out England for 85 made a jump of 25 places to take the 41st rank. Furthermore, Stuart Thompson (up 11 places to 53rd) and Boyd Rankin (up 21 places to 84th) have advanced in the bowlers’ rankings.
In the batsmen rankings, Andrew Balbirnie who scored a 55 in the first innings has moved up by 27 places to 117th rank. Moreover, Paul Stirling (up 18 places to 144th) and opener James McCollum (up eight places to 147th) have gone up in the rankings.
England Test captain Joe Root slipped by one position in the latest update of rankings after having a quiet match with the bat.