Monday, July 30, 2018

England's 1000th Test !! 5th Placed England aim to topple the Number 1 Test team India

·       Fifth-ranked England can rise to as high as second while India will aim to consolidate their No.1 ranking

·       Virat Kohli has top-ranked Steve Smith firmly within his sights; James Anderson to start as No.1 ranked bowler as India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent its congratulations to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as their men’s team prepares for their 1000th Test match, which begins at Edgbaston in Birmingham against India on Wednesday, 1 August.

Out of the 999 men’s Tests to date since their debut Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877, England have won 357 Tests and lost 297 Tests with 345 ending in draws. At the Edgbaston alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 Tests to date since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.

ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar said: “On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men’s Test match, the first country to reach this milestone.

“I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game.”

To commemorate the occasion, Jeff Crowe, former New Zealand captain and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Mr Colin Graves before the start of the Test.

England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total of 117 Tests. On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws.

Edgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.

These statistics will give England further impetus to their ambitions of improving their current ranking of fifth on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. If England makes a 5-0 sweep, then they will jump to second on the table with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points.

In contrast, if India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked side in the world, then they will further strength their grip on the top spot. If India wins 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.

The followers of the most challenging format of the game will also be keeping a close watch on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings as India captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted number-one position from Australia’s Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his number-one ranking.

Kohli trails Smith by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances to leapfrog the Australian, while Anderson will also need wickets to either defend or consolidate his top spot.

Apart from Kohli and Anderson, both the sides comprise players who feature prominently in the Test player rankings who, during the course of the series, will be hoping to make upward movements. This makes the upcoming series a perfect recipe for entertaining, interesting and enthralling red ball cricket.

Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50. From England, Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alistair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd, while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th.

Amongst the bowlers and besides Anderson, Stuart Broad is the other bowler who features inside the top-30 in 12th position.

In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).

India’s left-arm spinner Kuldep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.

The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test, while the Test team rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.

Series schedule

1-5 August – 1st Test, Edgbaston
9-13 August – 2nd Test, Lord’s
18-22 August – 3rd Test, Trent Bridge
30 August – 3 September – 4th Test, Hampshire Bowl
7-11 September – 5th Test, The Oval

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 30 July, before the start of England v India Test series):

RANK  TEAM              POINTS
1.      India                 125
2.      South Africa      106
3.      Australia           106
4.      New Zealand     102
5.      England            97
6.      Sri Lanka          97
7.      Pakistan           88
8.      West Indies      77
9.      Bangladesh      67
10.   Zimbabwe         02
11.   Afghanistan      00
12.   Ireland              00

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings (as on 30 July, before the start of Edgbaston Test):

BATSMEN (top 10)

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          Steve Smith          Aus         929         61.37     947 v SA at Durban 2018
   2          Virat Kohli             Ind          903         53.40     912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3          Joe Root               Eng         855         52.28     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   4          Kane Williamson   NZ          847         50.35     893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   5          David Warner       Aus         820         48.20     880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6          C. Pujara               Ind          799         50.34     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7          D. Karunaratne     SL           754!       37.28     754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
   8          D. Chandimal        SL           733         44.96     755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
   9          Dean Elgar            SA          724         41.05     784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
  10         Aiden Markram    SA          703*       47.27     759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
Selected rankings

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
  13         Alastair Cook        Eng         686         45.65     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  16         Jonny Bairstow     Eng         670         38.40     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  18         Lokesh Rahul       Ind          661*       40.86     761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
  19         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          645         43.17     825 v NZ at Indore 2016
  23         Murali Vijay           Ind          624         40.69     747 v SA at Bengaluru 2015
  24         Shikhar Dhawan   Ind          618         43.93     627 v SL at Kolkata 2017
  28         Ben Stokes           Eng         601         34.85     664 v Win at Lord's 2017
  43         Moeen Ali              Eng         537         32.40     655 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  57         Dawid Malan         Eng         465*       29.00     505 v Aus at Sydney 2018
  61         Jos Buttler             Eng         456*       35.00     494 v NZ at Headingley 2015
  62         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          455         29.17     491 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
  67         Hardik Pandya      Ind          448*       36.80     512 v SA at Cape Town 2018

BOWLERS (top 10)

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          James Anderson   Eng         892         27.23     896 v Win at Lord's 2017
   2          Kagiso Rabada     SA          882         21.71     902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
   3          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          866         23.11     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4          Vernon Philander  SA          826         21.54     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   5          R. Ashwin              Ind          811         25.34     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6          Pat Cummins        Aus         800*!      23.81     800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   7          Trent Boult            NZ          795         27.84     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   8          Rangana Herath   SL           791         27.95     867 v Zim at Harare 2016
   9          Neil Wagner          NZ          765         28.26     785 v Win at Wellington 2017
  10         Josh Hazlewood   Aus         759         26.84     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

Selected rankings

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
  12         Stuart Broad         Eng         742         28.89     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  17         M. Shami              Ind          696         28.90     703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  25         B. Kumar               Ind          620*       26.09     626 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  26         Ishant Sharma      Ind          582         35.52     671 v Win at Dominica 2011
  28         Umesh Yadav       Ind          577         34.94     578 v SL at Nagpur 2017
  31         Ben Stokes           Eng         545*       33.83     596 v Win at Lord's 2017
  34         Chris Woakes       Eng         509*       34.45     609 v Pak at The Oval 2016
  36         Moeen Ali              Eng         492         40.68     633 v Win at Edgbaston 2017
  43         Jasprit Bumrah     Ind          369*       25.21     373 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  56         Kuldeep Yadav     Ind          273*       20.77     293 v SL at Pallekele 2017
  62         Mark Wood           Eng         243*       41.73     369 v Pak at Dubai 2015
  90         Hardik Pandya      Ind          120*       40.14     214 v SA at Cape Town 2018 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating
   1          Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         420        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2          Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          394        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3          Vernon Philander  SA          370        379 v SL at Galle 2018
   4          R. Ashwin              Ind          365        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   5          Jason Holder        Win         354 /*    355 v Ban at Jamaica 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

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