Anderson-Crawly improves in ICC ranking after Pakistan series
With a dramatic draw at the final match of the three match Test series between England and visiting Pakistan, England clinched the series with 1-0 lead. Although, the batting firmness from the debutant Zak Crawley and James Anderson had a resistance to pick the victory but they ended with a draw. Their faboulus individual performance took them forward in the ICC ranking.
Although, Anderson was going through a hard times finding himself during the home series against West Indies. He even lost his place from the top ten bowlers in the ICC bowlers ranking. He came back with a stunning performance in the last test against Pakistan and reached the 600 wickets milestone as the first fast bowler in the history of cricket. He regained his lost place in the ranking list as well. Anderson was away from 600 wickets milestone for only 6 wickets and he picked 6 wickets to reach there.
Meanwhile, debutant Crawley has shown outstanding performance in Southampton Test as he picked 2 centuries in the series. With his batting display in the field, he got the recognition immediately as he advanced 53 steps and placed in 26th position in the ICC’s batsman ranking.
After struggling with his place in the playing XI Jos Buttler made a comeback knock in the last Test in West Indies series. His consequent performance made him advance in the batsman ranking. After scoring a 150 knock in the third Test, he has placed in 21st position.
Apart from Pakistani side, skipper Azhar Ali was prominence in the last Test and got the career best position as he has been placed in 23rd position. Mohammad Rizwan has improved in the batsmen’s rankings and Fawad Alam and Asad Shafiq in the bowlers’ rankings.