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Mitchell, Blundell and Leach achieve career-best Test rankings

Bairstow jumps 20 places to end at No. 21 among batters following knocks of 136, 162 and 71* against New Zealand

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell walk off with an unbeaten century stand, England vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Headingley, 1st day, June 23, 2022

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell were New Zealand's highest run-getters against England  •  Getty Images

New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have achieved career-best Test rankings of 12 and 20 respectively, following their record showing against England. On the bowling front, England left-arm spinner Jack Leach also bettered his previous best to sit at No. 25.
Leach's England team-mate Jonny Bairstow also rushed up 20 places in the rankings to No. 21 following his series of blistering knocks in the recently concluded series, which England swept 3-0 with three incredible chases.
Mitchell gained four spots, having cracked a century in each of the three Tests. He finished the series as the highest run-getter by far with 538 runs - a record aggregate for New Zealand in a three-Test series. Blundell, having scored 383 runs, rose 11 places. The pair was a constant thorn in England's side, scoring 724 runs in partnership - the record for any New Zealand duo in a Test series. They were also the first pair to put together four century partnerships for New Zealand in one series.
Leach climbed 13 spots, having grabbed his first ten-wicket maul haul with figures of 10 for 166 in the third Test at Headingley.
Bairstow registered scores of 136, 162 and 71 not out in consecutive innings across the Trent Bridge and Headingley Tests. On the way, he notched up England's second-fastest Test hundred, 150 and fifty, respectively.
The Test rankings continue to be led by Joe Root (batting), Pat Cummins (bowling) and Ravindra Jadeja (allrounders).