ICC rankings: Ben Stokes replaces Jason Holder as No. 1 Test all-rounder

Birmingham: England's Ben Stokes in action on Day 3 of the first match of ICC World Test Championship between Australia and England at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, England on Aug 3, 2019. (Photo: Twitter/@ICC)

Following a swashbuckling all-round show in Manchester England vice-captain Ben Stokes has gone past West Indies skipper Jason Holder to become the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder according to the lasted ICC rankings. In the recently concluded Old Trafford Test against West Indies, Stokes scored 176 and 78 and got three crucial scalps to help England win the match by 113 runs and level the three-match series 1-1.

Interestingly, going into this second Test trailed Holder by 54 rating points but courtesy to his memorable performance in Manchester, he now enjoys a lead of 38 points. He now has 497 rating points whereas Holder is stuck at 459 points.

Stokes ended Holder’s 18-month reign at the top, becoming the first from England at the summit since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006. His tall of 497 rating points is the highest by any Test all-rounder since Jacques Kallis aggregated 517 in April 2008.

Furthermore, Stokes has also attained a career-best third position among batsmen in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, after a match-winning performance at Old Trafford. He is the joint-third with Marnus Labuschagne, only behind Steve Smith and Virat Kohli and with specialist batsmen like Kane Williamson and Babar Azam below him in the list. His captain Joe Root is ninth while opener Dom Sibley has advanced 29 places to a career-best 35th position after a sturdy first innings 120.

Stuart Broad, who was not picked for the opening Test, returned to the top 10 after claiming three wickets in each innings. He is now England’s top-ranked bowler, one slot ahead of James Anderson, who dropped to 11th after being rested for the match. Chris Woakes, who scalped five in the match to reach the 100-wicket mark, is in 21st position, his highest since late 2016.

For the West Indies, Shamarh Brooks has moved up 27 places to a career-best 45th position after scores of 68 and 62. He is now just four slots behind Holder, who remains the top-ranked West Indies batsman in 41st position despite slipping four places. Holder has also dropped a slot among bowlers to take third place, behind Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner. Roston Chase has gained two places in the bowlers’ list after a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

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