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Trott and Anderson into second place

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July 26, 2011

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James Anderson is all smiles after picking up his fifth wicket, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 25, 2011
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James Anderson has leapfrogged team-mate Graeme Swann to take the No.2 spot in the bowling rankings, while Jonathan Trott has overtaken Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara to be rated the second best Test batsman in the world.

Anderson has achieved his career-best mark - this is the first time he has touched 800 points - following his second-innings figures of 5 for 65 on the final day at Lord's, when he claimed the key wickets of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. It has put him ahead of Swann who, despite playing an important role in both innings, only claimed two wickets.

Trott scored a vital 70 in England's first innings at Lord's, where he batted in the toughest conditions on the first day to help set the home side a platform. Kevin Pietersen followed that with an unbeaten 202, which has been enough to propel him back into the top 20.

"That first innings total was a magnificent performance and Kevin was mainly responsible for that," Andrew Strauss, the England captain, said. "That was one of the great innings I've seen since being involved [with cricket], in very difficult circumstances. He had to be smart in the way he played their seamers, he had to graft and then when we had the opportunity to attack, he attacked. Jonathan Trott also showed great temperament and technique to get to 70."

Matt Prior, who hit 71 and an unbeaten 103 has also achieved a new career-best rating, rising 10 places to 21st. Chris Tremlett's four wickets in the match have helped him to ninth place in the bowlers rankings, while Stuart Broad climbs four places and has also moved to fifth in the all-rounders' table.

India still have two bowlers in the top ten with Zaheer Khan, who is expected to miss the Trent Bridge Test due to injury, and Ishant Sharma lying in fifth and seventh place respectively. In the batting top ten, apart from Tendulkar in fourth, India have VVS Laxman in seventh while Virender Sehwag, who missed the Lord's Test through injury, has dropped to 10th.

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Posted by   on (July 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Let SEHWAG come and continue his strong opening stand together with GOUTHAM GAMBHIR.

Posted by jfgvjksnkka on (July 28, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Can we clear up some confusion here - I'm pretty sure India took the no1 test spot from South Africa who held it around 2009/2010 ish? So unless its now 2015 I dont see how India have held the No1 ranking for 5 years? Is there a test ranking history somewhere?

Posted by ygkd on (July 28, 2011, 5:02 GMT)

When I first saw Jonathon Trott his batting irritated me as did his rigmarole of getting ready for every ball. But over time that has changed to respect and then admiration. Trott's style appears also to have even influenced my son's batting practice lately and that is something I certainly didn't expect, even with England touring here for the Ashes. Hats off to Trott.

Posted by 9717669381 on (July 27, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

the expression of satisfaction on the face of pietersen after the century after 3 years on home soil,,just makes me think that king kevin is going to rock the batting charts again,,in very near future,,in next 3 tests,,he will be back in top 10 after a long time,,absolutely..:)go on kevin ,,score 12000 runs and 40 centuries..

Posted by Stark62 on (July 27, 2011, 17:23 GMT)

Anderson is mediocre on flat pitches!

Who saw him in the sub-continent?

Even, bowlers like Kyle Mills are better than him in the sub-continent.

Posted by jackiethepen on (July 27, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

Most fans aren't aware that players lose points in the ICC Rankings when they are injured. Every missed Test means points are deducted. So players dropped, rested, or injured all lose points. Another bizarre quirk is that players who play few Tests stick in their positions. For example Iqbal who hardly ever plays Tests. Trott is currently a beneficiary of joining the rankings relatively late in his career like Hussey did. Sometimes there seems quite a wide discrepancy between points awarded to one player compared to another. But worst of all, there is no indication on the ICC Rankings website how the rankings are worked out. It should be transparent so we can see the system operates fairly.

Posted by Clive_Dunn on (July 27, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

Ignore my earlier question regarding Phil Hughes, I can confirm he is still behind Phil Tufnell in the batting rankings.

Posted by Vilander on (July 27, 2011, 14:53 GMT)

Reason indians never had jumps in their ranking is because they never did well against no 1 team, they were always the no 1 team for the last 5 years. There is still possibility for india to fight back in this series.

Posted by vijayshankar2003 on (July 27, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

I find very strange and funny that some of here compare sangakkara to matt prior.. sanga is way a head as a keeper and batsman. dont compare prior to world class batsmen like sanga . prior has a lot to improve in his technic.. one century or two doesnt mean he is great.

Posted by vak1997 on (July 27, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

india depend a lot on zak. if zak if not there then indian bowling attack will become weaker. the english batsmen can easily go against the indian bowling attack. remember, indians failed to get every1 out in both the innings. zak was in a good form in the game but his injury forced him to sit out. bad luck 4 india in that match. india had only 3 specialist bowlers wherein eng had 4. hope india will do better in this series in the upcoming matches.

Posted by Clive_Dunn on (July 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

Is Phil Hughes in the top 100 yet ?

Posted by HookAndPull on (July 27, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

I think Trott deserves it. He's played well in all conditions. Anderson? questionable - look at his performance against Pakistan in England and in the sub-continent. But, you have to take rankings with a pinch of salt, particularly when English players are seemingly at the top. Who can accept Luke Donald as the #1 golfer in the world - he's never won a major and he missed the cut in the last two majors while being #1.

Posted by HookAndPull on (July 27, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

I think Trott deserves it. He's played well in all conditions. Anderson? questionable - look at his performance against Pakistan in England and in the sub-continent. But, you have to take rankings with a pinch of salt, particularly when English players are seemingly at the top. Who can accept Luke Donald as the #1 golfer in the world - he's never won a major and he missed the cut in the last two majors while being #1.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

Posted by nzcricket174 on (July 26 2011, 14:54 PM GMT) Funny how the rankings are only talked about when they involve England.

@nzcricket . Probably because this article is included in the coverage of the series between India and England?? Don't give the rest of the country a bad name bro.

Posted by 200ondebut on (July 27, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

I would suggest that they adopt a system whereby rankings are based on recent performances over, say, the last two years and are weighted to take into account the strength of the opposition. Whilst this would degrade the amount of points available for performances against Australia (lol) it would give a more accurate picture of which players and sides are doing the best at this point in time.

(NB - before you respond to this please google "irony" first)

Posted by loveb on (July 27, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

congrats ENGLISHMEN........ byt remember.... CHAMPIONS and WOUNDED lions do come back HAARDD.....

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

Just so everyone knows; the wicket and conditions are taken into account when calculating the rankings. Read the FAQ page. Saying that though, I rarely agree with the player rankings. They seem to go by whho is fashionable to like at the time.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (July 27, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

In addition, you cant just consider batting averages across teams - subcontinental batsmen are generally 10-15 points of batting average above what thier average would be if they played home games in normal conditions. Are you really saying Samaraweera is a better batsman than any Englishman that has ever lived since Herbert Sutcliffe? And he is better than every Australian batsman to ever have walked this earth bar Bradman? If so, and given Samaraweera is only SL's 4th best batsmen, and that they had the best bowler as well in Murali, SL should have been 1st in the world for the last 10 years at least...

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 11:15 GMT)

Prior certainly seems to be doing the business at the moment. That's all you can hope for. History will look after itself.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (July 27, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

Sangakaara *was* a better WK/batsman than Prior, yes Gilchrist *was* a better WK/batsman then Sanga, and the inventor of the modern WK/batsmen position in ODI's Stewart *was* a better wicketkeeper/batsman than Gilchrist, also the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman of all time and the inventor of the modern wicketkeeper-batsman position in Tests

Unfortunatly none of those 3 keep any more, so Prior is the best. Its like saying Trott can never claim the number 1 batting position until he averages a hundred, because Bradman will always be better than him.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

@Missaka Senanayake, u said it....that's the truth

Posted by 5wombats on (July 27, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

@Sir_Freddie_Flintoff - love that attitude of yours! Keep posting mate! :-)

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (July 27, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Guys, the rankings are calculated by an algorith based on statistics- the same one as when Tendulkar was no.1. It is untouched by human hands. There is no bias, only the shortcomings of the algorithm and the fact that stats don't tell the entire story. Actually I reckon the rankings (now and at most other times) look about right to me. On the WK batsman thing, part of the problem is it is very hard to quantify wiketkeeping. Byes, catches and stumpings tell a less complete story than batting or bowling stats. The question is also who IS the best batsman keeper in the world, not who HAS BEEN. Dhoni or Sanga in their prime probably weer better than Prior now. The question is, with them somewhat in decline, is Prior thebest right now?

Posted by 158notout on (July 27, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

ianp - great side you picked there but you don't have a wickie, bearing in mind Sanga has not kept wicket in Tests for years. Better would be to swap Vettori for Prior I guess, then that team would more or less represent the best players around today.

Posted by anver777 on (July 27, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

Congrats!!! hard work has paid off... both deserves their places in the rankings.... hope they carry on like this & be world's No1 in batting-bowling in tests...Good Luck !!

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

@Ranura, Prior is a very very good test batsman he now averages 45 and scores hundreds frequently but also at a quick run rate. Its makes Kieswetter have a hard time pushing for test selection, because with prior there he has no chance at all.

Posted by AVADHLAL on (July 27, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

@Ranura- Prior has a batting average in excess of 40. Thus, he is most eligible for being considered as a batsman. Avadh Lal

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (July 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Nicely put @Confectionary_Stall !! That's the way the deal with jonesey2!!!

Posted by the_sport on (July 27, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

now series will be more interesting...India will bounceback....Sehwag will be there from 3rd Test....looking forward for Zak's come back.....

Without Zak England could build huge score in 1st inning....that has made a big difference for England's win....

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (July 27, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

Lol, nice to see there are no Australians in the top of the rankings. England are the best team in the world by far, while Australia are a pathetic team -- no. 7 or 8 at best.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

James Anderson only hope for Fast Swing Bowling in this Era Always treat to watch him Bowl.

Posted by Ranura on (July 27, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

Matt Prior, is he a batsman? Who knows? But ranked 21st in batting list.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

True!!! rankings are only discussed when England is involved. Moreover whats with the comparison that england is better than India. England is at Home .They have been playing at home conditions since god knows when! England hasn't shown any results in the subcontinent. Its funny how ppl only use en/SA/Aus conditions to talk about rankings and degrade all subcontinent teams. What about their performances in sub-con pitches. If they are flat batted pitches why do the English fail so miserably. If its a flat pitch then its applies to both teams. doesn't it mate?? England is really good but cannot be compared to india on one game at home. they have to prove themselves in subcontinent pitches as india/sl/pak have to perform on eng/aus.sa conditions...

Posted by Praxis on (July 27, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

@Flat_Track_bullies, its about Prior being arguably the best wicketkeeper-batsman among the current ones. Sangakara doesn't keep in tests for quite a while now.

Posted by Kapstif on (July 26, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

Why don't the people who claim Sangakkara is a better keeper/batsman than Prior check Sangakkara's average when he was wicketkeeper.

Posted by Trioboy on (July 26, 2011, 22:45 GMT)

Sanga isn't keeping in tests anymore. So in the absence of him Prior should be the best Test wicket keeper batsman.

Posted by TheScot on (July 26, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

Oh come on India, beat the English. Even Irish wracked them in cricket world cup, what's up with you mates. what with your wee boy Sachin Tendulkar. He should hit century ... aye.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (July 26, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

@ianp1970.... Interesting team selection to play against Mars? Home or away? Those Martian wickets can be tricky you know? The stadiums are poor too - absolutely NO ATMOSPHERE..... Oh well.. ;~)

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 22:29 GMT)

While Sangakkara has been an amazing test batsman his record while being a test wicket keeper has been average to say the least. Whilst being a wicket keeper he only averaged just over 40 with the bat compared to the whopping figures he has now. Also the bulk of his hundreds (and doubles) were scored when he gave up the gloves. Make no mistake Sangakkara has performed miracles since he gave up the gloves and is one of the most commanding batsman in current test cricket . However despite all the flack he got at the start of his career during the that 24 months Prior has come a long way as both a batsman and a wicket keeper. He has kept well enough and has been scoring runs regularly at #7 most of the times at crucial junctures in a test. Glove work wise Srilanka's Prassanna Jayewardena is the number one keeper in the world however wicket keeper batsman wise Prior is probably the number one.

Posted by rationalthinker on (July 26, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

south africa and england mix eleven doin well....kp,trott, prior are the one who really stood up...are they really english....just a thought...and do not write off india just yet as they will hit back really hard...be carefful

Posted by Confectionery_Stall on (July 26, 2011, 21:36 GMT)

@jonesy2, if "all of these players are mediocre and unbelievably overrated" maybe the teams should both cancel their current commitments and replay the Ashes tomorrow? We'd be more than happy to do that.

Posted by Stevros3 on (July 26, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

"Posted by Flat_Track_bullies on (July 26 2011, 18:50 PM GMT) All the talk about Prior being best wkt keeper batsman in the world - Aggers keep comparing with Dhoni - I thought best guys was Sangakkara - so we REALLY believe Prior is better than Sangakkara? I feel like laughing over these so called 'expert's views.."

Just to let you know Sanga is no longer a test keeper, he plays as a batsman only so not sure how you can rank him as one of the worlds best wicket keepers if he isn't one any more. I might as well say Gilchrist is the best wicket keeper batsman in the world if you are counting past players.

Posted by ianp1970 on (July 26, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

So the current test team to take on Mars is:

A.N. Cook V. Sehwag I.J.L. Trott S.R. Tendulkar J.H. Kallis K.C. Sangakkara D.L. Vettori G.P. Swann D.W. Steyn Zaheer Khan J.M. Anderson

Zaheer Khan and Vettori picked slightly ahead of ranking to create a balanced attack.

Chanderpaul as 12th man: to play if 6 specialist batsmen are required.

Posted by vvvvvvv on (July 26, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

@jonesy2 1 Aussie in the top 20 and 5 Englishmen. Mitchell Johnson, a left-armer so fragile he makes Bruce Reid look like the Terminator. Come back here when you've got something to brag about pal.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

for all u ppl who says Sangakkara is the best test wicket keeper batman, think about this, does Sangakkara wicketkeep in test anymore? smh,prior is the best Test wicketkeeper batman at present.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 20:30 GMT)


Sangakkara hasn't kept wicket in Tests since the 3rd April 2008 Test against West Indies. . His Test record when keeping wicket reads 48 Tests, 3117 runs, at 40.48. As Prior does keep wicket and has done in every Test he's played, it's therefore fair to say that Prior is currently the best Test wicketkeeper-batsman. For outright glove ability, Prasanna Jayawardene is the current numero uno man for me but his batting isn't up to Prior's standard at present.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 26, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

@Flat Track Bullies completely agree -> sangakkara is probably one of the best wicketkeeper/batsman in tests. He has more double centuries than Tendulkar and played some 110 odd innings less. Prior is a very handy batsman and wins over Dhoni any day. Dhoni really needs step up in the Test Arena, because even if he is captain, if he is performing this badly, even he will get dropped

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

there is bias in the calculations, your performances are ranked based partly on the opposition your playing.

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

To maintain the tempo gained, English selectors should include Bresnen in the next test and take full advantage of the absence of Sehwag and now Zaheer to claim to No.1 spot, which they deserve.

Posted by Flat_Track_bullies on (July 26, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

All the talk about Prior being best wkt keeper batsman in the world - Aggers keep comparing with Dhoni - I thought best guys was Sangakkara - so we REALLY believe Prior is better than Sangakkara? I feel like laughing over these so called 'expert's views..

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

England truly no 1 test team in world.....

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

oh man.........andereson wat a bowler he has become really its a scary knock for all indians player,,,,,,,,,,n kevin was js jst waitng d rite moment to come,,,,,,,see he has shown once again his callibur n potential overshadowng all his critics,,,,,,,, theres lot mre to come frm dem its js a startng..........

Posted by jonesy2 on (July 26, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

hahahahahaa clearly a pom is in charge of these ridiculous rankings! all of these players are mediocre and unbelievably overrated. these rankings mean less than nothing

Posted by asianinvasion on (July 26, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

wow, careful england you have never reached these dizzy heights before becareful of altitude sickness lol

Posted by   on (July 26, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

Anderson is d only bowler who dismissed sachin 6 times out of five tests which they have played each other. Tough compettiton to Dale Steyn.

Posted by subbass on (July 26, 2011, 15:08 GMT)

Further proff that England are a better side than India. The evidence is there Indians !

Posted by nzcricket174 on (July 26, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

Funny how the rankings are only talked about when they involve England.

Posted by Guernica on (July 26, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

Nice, but how about a link to the full rankings?

Posted by 5wombats on (July 26, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

Quite right too. Anderson - absolutely wonderful. We carried him in the 1st Innings a bit - but he certainly showed up in the second! You've got to be pleased for him as an individual, because during that ridiculous ODI series against Aus increasingly he looked gone - until by the WC, he had. So that's great work from him to get back to the absolute top of his game. As for Trott - well, a sign of how good he is can be seen in the fact that Boycott hardly ever talks about him, hardly ever bigs him up. Why? - because Trott is this generations Geoffrey Boycott. I suspect that there is a hint of envy. Trott and Boycott have this "bubble" that they go into. We & Boycott recognise this in Trott's game, and as with Boycott, it's often a surprise when Trott gets out. He's a brilliant player and lets face it - we all knew he would be after that performance on debut against Australia @The Oval in 2009. Hats off to Anderson & Trott!!!

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 26, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

well done jimmy have see quite abit of him been a red rose supporter. well deserved hope you make the number 1 place soon. trott, i was please to see him doing so well. test cricket is just made for him, great temprement and whats more gets up bowlers backs. not bad for a player who SA cricinfo supporters on here said would not get into their test squad.very inportant member of the team, maybe get abit more bowling, which would just be the icing on the cake.dpk

Posted by Rydham on (July 26, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

It is very strange that mere a 70 runs inning takes trott before sachin. Same for Anderson, broad etc. During previous year how well done by zaheer, Ishant, VVS, Sachin, Sehwag etc. but they never got sudden jump in the rankings. I see zaheer in 5-10 rank constantly since last year. there must be some biased calculation in ranking !!

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