Virat Kohli remained in second spot behind Australia’s Steve Smith in the latest ICC Test rankings which were released today following the conclusion of the Melbourne and Port Elizabeth Tests.
England’s Alastair Cook jumped nine places to be eighth after his unbeaten double century in the ongoing Ashes series. England captain Joe Root is the other batsman to improve his ranking, when he moved up one place to join his opposite number from New Zealand, Kane Williamson, in fourth place.
In the bowlers’ rankings, there is no change in the top nine with England’s James Anderson leading the field. Anderson has finished on 892 points in number-one spot. India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has finished at the third spot, while Ravindra Jadeja holds the fourth position. The only change in the top 10 is the return of South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel in 10th position.
Morkel’s team-mate Keshav Maharaj has gained two places and is now at a career-high 16th position. Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is the number-one ranked al-rounder and he is followed by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin.