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Cook surges to third spot in Test ratings

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 14, 2011

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Alastair Cook joins the victorious team huddle, England v India, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day, August 13, 2011
Alastair Cook makes a big move up © AFP
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Alastair Cook's marathon 294, that helped England dethrone India from the No. 1 spot in Tests, has catapulted him to a career-best third spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen. Cook, who had endured poor form in the first two Tests, came into his own at Edgbaston to pick up 92 points and move to a rating of 836, just two shy of Kumar Sangakkara at No. 2. Jacques Kallis (883) stayed firmly on top of the table, while Sachin Tendulkar (808), still looking for his 100th international century, was pushed to fourth.

Cook joined his colleagues Jonathan Trott (5th) and Ian Bell (7th) in the top ten, while Kevin Pietersen's 63 at Edgbaston pushed him up two spots to 13th. Andrew Strauss (34th) and Eoin Morgan (52nd) also moved up thanks to their contributions to the win.

It was a forgettable match for India's batsmen, who were unable to reach 250 in either innings at Edgbaston, continuing their woeful returns as a team through the series. Virender Sehwag, who bagged a king pair after making a much-hyped return to the side, dropped seven places to 17th, while VVS Laxman slipped out of the top ten, to 12th. Rahul Dravid (14th), who hit centuries in the first two Tests of the series, also suffered a demotion by three spots, and Gautam Gambhir fell to 30th. MS Dhoni was the only Indian batsman to move up, with his twin 70s taking him to 36th.

England's bowlers also prospered, with James Anderson reaching a career-high rating of 803, cementing his No. 2 spot, separating the South African new-ball pair - Dale Steyn (899) and Morne Morkel (751). Tim Bresnan moved up nine places to the 16th spot, while Stuart Broad surged to joint fifth alongside Graeme Swann, who has had a quiet series. Broad's impressive showing in the series also pitchforked him to second in the allrounders list, three points ahead of Daniel Vettori (364). Kallis remained on top of that list as well, with 451 points.

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Posted by Valavan on (August 16, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Cook, we need one more 150+ this series to make up your loss in 2 first tests. We want to see that you grind the opposition bowlers to dust.

Posted by Domzo on (August 15, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan: I think because Cook still has a technical issue against the moving ball early in his innings, which he is working hard to correct. India's new ball bowlers have been good enough at swing bowling to exploit that several times. The thing is, once he gets through that period, as several teams have found recently to their cost, Cook has an absolutely relentless appetite for runs, a massive reserve of concentration and excellent levels of general fitness which mean he can bat long without too much problem. Get him early or beware...particularly if he and Trott come together.

Posted by wibblewibble on (August 15, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas

Flat and pace friendly? I know Indian fans don't really know what a pace friendly track is, but a flat track is not pace friendly. Besides, if Edgbaston was such a flat track, how did India fail to make 250 twice?

Really looking forward to the next few tours, until we've beaten everyone in their own back yards there will still be crowing from certain fans.

PS: Cook in Asia: 9 matches, 974 runs, top score 173, average 57. I think he'll be fine.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (August 15, 2011, 14:14 GMT)

I still wonder why he couldn't get a 50 in the first 2 matches against the same mediocre bowling attack. Not sure if he had his chances in that double ton but he definitely looks like the opener ENG badly wanted after trescothics mysterious absence in the team.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 15, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer, Indians goofed it up big time. They played absolutely poor cricket. I won't contest that. So what's your point mate? Let me put this question to you, why wouldn't your batsmen have half decent averages on 'flat', 'batmen friendly' 'runfest' wickets of the sub-continent?

Posted by danmcb on (August 15, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

@Dravid_gravitas : there you go again ... " flat, pace friendly". Hmmm, you are using a different cricket dictionary to the rest of the world. Flat = the ball rarely gets over knee high, slow bounce, little seam movement. Like you have in India. Your best were found out on *non-flat* tracks, my friend. Worked over. Exposed. And they weren't even that venomous either.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

@Chris Sun: The 'Can' plays major role here. Tendulkar is just not master but he has the ability to carry run feast for 2 decades which not many people have that. Example : Kevin peterson made centuries at greater pace in his early stage of carreer, the big middle slump made far behind that pace.... But sincerly all the best to Cook

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Alastair Cook (Cooky) is the BEST thing in Cricket right now! He's Number 3 in the world right now, and not long to go until he's Number 1. And on top of that he's hot too.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Cook played magnificently well. Awesome shots, cool temper and patience. His batting style is awesome. The people who are saying that this track was very flat and pace friendly etc. and Cook's 294 was a piece of cake tell me that why India was unable to get 250 in both innings with their epic batting line? Cook has a class and you cannot deny the fact and you cannot say that he score only in home matches.

Posted by cricket-fan2011 on (August 15, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

Captain cool said in one of the test in WI that he would have been his hotel room if umpire had made right decisions. Now he is going back to his hotel room a day earlier in every test match even Umpires Steve davis, Billy Bowden, and english players were so generous in giving them to many opportunities.

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