Anderson replaces Ashwin as the top ranked test bowler
English pacer, James Anderson has once again reclaimed the top spot in the ICC test ranking for bowlers, dethroning India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in the newly released raking after the conclusion of Edgbaston test.
England stood victorious in the third test of the four-match series and now leading the series by 2-1. Before the start of Edgbaston test, Anderson was just one point behind India’s key spinner and now he is leading by 12 points, making him the top ranked test bowler.
Anderson’s four wickets against the third ranked Pakistan team earned him six points, on the other hand, Ashwin’s six wickets against the eighth ranked West Indies deprived him of six points. It has accumulated the twelve points lead.
England’s most successful pacer claimed the top spot in his career for the first time on May 31 due to his destructive bowling against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. However, the competition for the top rank is quite stiff as it has been occupied by Ashiwn, Yasir Shah and once again by Anderson within just a week.
Another English pacer that has shown tremendous improvement in ranking is Chris Woakes. Before the commencement of the season, he held 87th rank, whereas, he is now the 20th ranked test bowler of the world. He has been the pick of the bowlers for England against Pakistan in the ongoing series.
Other bowlers that have claimed the highest ranking of their career are Mitchel Starc (7th) and Sri Lanka’s Dilruwan Parera at 16th spot.
Yasir Shah is still ranked at the fifth spot.