ICC rankings July 26, 2011

Trott and Anderson into second place

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2011, 13:35 GMT

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

  • Ed 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?

  • Philip 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.

  • Ankit 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..

  • Stark 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.

  • Jackie 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.

  • Damon 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.

  • Muthuvel 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.

  • vijay 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.

  • Varun 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.

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