Stokes has also moved up two places to grab the second position among all-rounders for the first time in his career, having occupied third position in September 2017. He has gained a handsome 44 points after the Headingly effort and is now on 411 points, only 22 behind Jason Holder and with a good chance of overtaking the West Indies captain during the ongoing Ashes series.
Captain Joe Root (up two places to seventh) and Joe Denly (up 15 places to 90th) are other England batsmen to move up in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account the first Test between India and the West Indies in Antigua and the second of two Tests between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo.
Australia’s, Pat Cummins remains comfortably at the top of the bowling list despite losing six points while his fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has moved from 15th to 12th place after finishing with nine wickets in the match. Batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s two half-centuries have lifted him 45 places to 37th.
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who got scores of 81 and 102 in a player of the match effort, has moved from 21st to 11th position in the list for batsmen led by captain Virat Kohli and with another compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara occupying the fourth position.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is in the top 10 for the first time after taking six wickets, including an astonishing five for seven in the second innings. His previous best was 15th position in January this year. Mohammad Shami (up two places to 19th) and Ishant Sharma (up four places to 21st) have also gained after the Antigua Test.
Sri Lanka may have lost the second Test to New Zealand, but captain Dimuth Karunaratne has continued his good run, reaching a career-best sixth position after scores of 65 and 21, while Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 10 places to reach 46th position.
For the visiting side, player of the match Tom Latham has moved up five places to a career-best eighth position while batsman BJ Watling, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, fast bowler Trent Boult and the spin pair of William Somerville and Ajaz Patel have all gained in the latest rankings update.
The 1-1 series draw meant that there was no change of positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings with New Zealand and Sri Lanka remaining in second and sixth positions, respectively.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 27 August, after the Colombo, Leeds and Antigua Tests):
Batsmen (top 10)
|1||( – )||Virat Kohli||India||910||53.38||937 v Eng at Southampton 2018|
|2||( – )||Steve Smith||Aus||904||63.24||947 v SA at Durban 2018|
|3||( – )||K Williamson||NZ||878||52.22||915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019|
|4||( – )||C Pujara||India||856||50.49||888 v SL at Nagpur 2017|
|5||( – )||Henry Nicholls||NZ||749||44.25||778 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|6||(+2)||D Karunaratne||SL||733||37.06||754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018|
|7||(+2)||Joe Root||Eng||726||48.2||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|8||(+5)||Tom Latham||NZ||724!||44.03||724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|9||-3||A Markram||SA||719*||43.8||759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018|
|10||-3||Q de Kock||SA||718||39.31||802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017|
Other selected rankings
|11||(+10)||A Rahane||India||709||41.71||825 v NZ at Indore 2016|
|13||(+13)||Ben Stokes||Eng||693!||35.86||693 v Aus at Headingley 2019|
|27||(+5)||BJ Watling||NZ||620||38.57||644 v Eng at Headingley 2015|
|34||(+3)||Jason Holder||WI||570||33.27||581 v Eng at Barbados 2019|
|37=||(+45)||M Labuschagne||Aus||563*!||38.45||563 v Eng at Headingley 2019|
|46||(+10)||D de Silva||SL||537||33.14||612 v Zim at Harare 2016|
|52||(+6)||C de Grandhomme||NZ||519*!||39.26||519 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|53=||(+4)||Ravindra Jadeja||India||518!||32.85||518 v WI at Antigua 2019|
|70||(+40)||Hanuma Vihari||India||436*!||32.44||436 v WI at Antigua 2019|
|90||(+15)||Joe Denly||Eng||386*!||24.33||386 v Aus at Headingley 2019|
Bowlers (top 10)
|1||( – )||Pat Cummins||Aus||908||21.48||914 v Eng at Lord’s 2019|
|2||( – )||Kagiso Rabada||SA||851||21.77||902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|3||( – )||J Anderson||Eng||814||26.94||903 v India at Lord’s 2018|
|4||( – )||V Philander||SA||813||21.64||912 v India at Johannesburg 2013|
|5||(+2)||Trent Boult||NZ||793||27.39||825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015|
|6||( – )||Neil Wagner||NZ||785||27.51||801 v Ban at Wellington 2019|
|7||(+9)||Jasprit Bumrah||India||774*!||20.63||774 v WI at Antigua 2019|
|8||(+3)||Kemar Roach||WI||772||26.95||774 v SA at Centurion 2014|
|9||-1||M Abbas||Pak||770*||18.86||838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018|
|10||-5||R Jadeja||India||763||23.98||899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017|
Other selected rankings
|12||(+3)||J Hazlewood||Aus||758||26.52||863 v India at Bengaluru 2017|
|19||(+2)||M Shami||India||676||29.15||703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018|
|21||(+4)||Ishant Sharma||India||671!||33.56||671 v WI at Antigua 2019|
|38||(+7)||Roston Chase||WI||444*!||43.08||444 v India at Antigua 2019|
|43||(+40)||Jofra Archer||Eng||406*!||13.53||406 v Aus at Headingley 2019|
|44||(+4)||Grandhomme||NZ||399*!||30.57||399 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|52||(+6)||W Somerville||NZ||336*!||23.69||336 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|58=||(+3)||Ajaz Patel||NZ||296*!||32.66||296 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019|
|97||(+24)||J Pattinson||Aus||113*||26.64||591 v NZ at Christchurch 2016|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||( – )||Jason Holder||WI||433/*||448 v Eng at Antigua 2019|
|2||(+2)||Ben Stokes||Eng||411!||411 v Aus at Headingley 2019|
|3||-1||S Al Hasan||Ban||399||489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017|
|4||-1||R Jadeja||India||395||438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017|
|5||(+1)||V Philander||SA||326||377 v SL at Galle 2018|
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating
All-rounder Ben Stokes’s stupendous effort in the third Test against Australia at Headingly has helped him reach career-best positions among batsmen and all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.