England vs Pakistan 2020: Joe Root says it would be great to play in Pakistan
18 Aug 2020
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the updated Test rankings for the week on Tuesday, as the second Test between England and Pakistan, marred by the rain and bad light stoppages ended in a draw. While Indian captain Virat Kohli was able to hold on to his second position in the batsman’s ranking, it was Pakistan’s Babar Azam who climbed one step up to reach the fifth position, his career-best.
The 25-year-old Pakistani batting sensation is now the only batsman, who sits in the top five of the ICC rankings for all three formats of the game. The other two Indian batsmen occupying the top-10 slots in the Test rankings are Cheteshwar Pujara (766) and Ajinkya Rahane (726), who are sitting pretty at the eighth and tenth positions respectively. The list is headed by Australia’s Steve Smith.
The update in the bowlers ranking was a bit disappointing for India as the only bowler in the list, pacer Jasprit Bumrah slipped to the ninth spot. On the other hand, Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas after his figures of 2/28 vs England in the second Test, moved into the top-10 once again. He occupies the 8th position. England’s Stuart Broad was rewarded for his brilliant performances in both the Tests as he climbed to the second position behind Australia’s Pat Cummins.
In the all-rounders' rankings, there were two changes in which Pat Cummins moved one step above to 7th spot, while surprisingly; Chris Woakes came one spot below to 8th position. India’s Ravindra Jadeja was steady at the third spot while Ben Stokes occupied numero uno.
While The World Test Championship points table showed India leading with 360 points, followed by Australia (296), in the official rankings though, Australia still tops the chart.
ICC generally updates the Test rankings after each Test match (usually within 12 hours.