Following receiving the man of the match award in the final Test against Pakistan in Southampton, Zak Crawley surged in the ICC rankings too. Zak Crawley scored a record-breaking knock of 267 in the first innings that played a significant part in England making 583. In the process, the 22-year old shared a mammoth partnership of 359 and soared to 28th spot.
Zak Crawley recorded the 10th highest score by an English batsman and began the series in the 95th position. Crawley’s 320-run aggregate made him the fourth best-ranked batsmen after only eight Tests, behind Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Jos Buttler. England won the three-match by 1-0 following a victory in Manchester while the last two Tests in Southampton culminated in a draw.
Two more England batsmen fluctuate in the rankings:
Jos Buttler, who received the man of the series award, reached to the 21st spot after gaining a career-best 637 points. While Buttler’s show behind the stumps was indifferent, he found the much-needed form with the bat. He scored 75 in the fourth-innings successful chase in Southampton while the 152 in the final match was his highest Test score.
West Indian Test skipper and all-rounder Jason Holder returned to the top spot in the all-rounder’s rankings as Ben Stokes missed the final two Tests against Pakistan. For every Test skipped, the players lose one per cent each of their batting and bowling points with a simultaneous loss of two per cent on a player’s all-round rating.
For Pakistan, skipper Azhar Ali surged 11 places to 23 following his unbeaten 141 in the first innings of the final Test while gloveman Mohammad Rizwan reached to the 72nd spot. Part-time spinners Fawad Alam and Asad Shafiq soared to 94th and 100th spot respectively.