Bell, Root, Swann move up in ICC Rankings
England players made big gains in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Monday, a day after Alastair Cook’s side won the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s by 347 runs.
The heroes of England’s win - Ian Bell and Joe Root with the bat, and Graeme Swann with the ball - were rewarded for their efforts with jumps in the latest rankings.
Bell, who won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award in 2006, is now in 11th position in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Batsmen, just three ratings points behind New Zealand’s Ross Taylor after jumping six spots. A right-handed batsman, Bell made scores of 109 and 74 in the Lord’s Test.
England opener Root, who won the Player of the Match award for his 468-minute knock of 180, has moved up 21 places to 26th position. He is now the sixth England batsman inside the top 30.
Jonny Bairstow is now just outside the top 50 in 53rd spot after rising 12 places after making scores of 67 and 20.
The batting table is still headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla with West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place and AB de Villiers in third position.
Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Bowlers, James Anderson moved up one place to join Peter Siddle in fifth spot, and both the bowlers now trail fourth-placed Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan by 25 ratings points.
England off-spinner Swann, who ended with a match haul of nine for 122 in the Lord’s Test, has gained one place and is now seventh, just five ratings points behind Anderson and Siddle.
For Australia, Ryan Harris was the biggest mover, jumping 13 places to a career-best 15th following his spells of five for 72 and two for 31. Harris also achieved his career-best ratings of 649 in the Lord’s Test.
Other bowlers on the move include Tim Bresnan, who rose six places to 29th. England now has five bowlers inside the top 30.
South Africa’s Dale Steyn continues to head the bowlers’ table with teammate Vernon Philander in second place and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath in third position.