England’s James Anderson reclaims no.1 spot, Karunaratne rises in the rankings

England’s premier bowler James Anderson has climbed to no.1 spot according to the latest ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers. The pacer has been out of action for at least six weeks following a shoulder injury sustained during the second game against Pakistan played at Leeds.

James Anderson has reclaimed his position despite South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada taking eight wickets in the second game of the series against Sri Lanka played at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo. Rabada has dropped a place and is currently placed at 2nd in the table following South Africa’s defeat in the two-match series against Sri Lanka.

England’s spearhead James Anderson last played two-match Test series against Pakistan in the month of June. He took nine wickets and helped his side level the two-match series against Pakistan. He now has 892 points to his name in the ICC Test Rankings while Rabada has 882 points. India’s left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja is at third place with 866 points.

James Anderson is currently leading wicket-taker for England in Test cricket with 540 wickets and is just 23 behind Glenn McGrath tally of 563 runs to become most successful pace bowler of all time. On the other hand, there are no major changes in the top half of the table in the ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen. Steven Smith still leads the way with 903 points followed by Virat Kohli who has 855 points to his name. Third on the list is England’s Joe Root who has 847 points to his name.

Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne has moved to seventh place in the table after his match-winning performance against South Africa in the two-match Test series. Karunaratne was also awarded man of the series following his consistently good performances in the two games played against South Africa. Sri Lanka Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal is at 8th place despite serving a one-match ban and did not play the first game of the series against South Africa.