After delivering match-winning performance for England in Joe Root’s captaincy debut Test at Lord’s against South Africa, all-rounder Moeen Ali achieves career best rankings among Test all-rounders. Mooen scalped 10 wickets in the match, including 6 for 53 in the final innings of the contest and a crucial 87-run knock in the first innings. After this heroic all-round performance, Moeen scales up to 4th position in Test all-rounders ranking by dethroning Ben Stokes, who is now at 5th spot.
|1||–||Shakib Al Hasan||Bangladesh||431||443 v NZ at Christchurch 2017|
|2||–||Ravindra Jadeja||India||422||422 v Aus at Dharamsala 2017|
|3||–||Ravichandran Ashwin||India||413||493 v Eng at Mohali 2016|
|4||+2||Moeen Ali||England||384||384 v SA at Lord’s 2017|
|5||-1||Ben Stokes||England||319||351 v Ind at Mohali 2016|
Not only in Test all-rounders’ rankings, Moeen gained positions in rankings in other two categories as well — batting and bowling. Moeen earned profit of 3 places and is now just one place outside top 20 among batsmen as he is standing at 21st position. In bowling, he has broken into the top 20s, sitting on 19th position having risen nine places. The rise in Moeen’s rankings means that he is England’s 4th best ranked batsmen, 3rd highest ranked bowler and best all-rounder.
Meanwhile, England’s latest Test captain Joe Root has got another reason to keep on smiling as he moves up to 2nd position in Test batting rankings, ahead of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
|1||–||Steve Smith||Australia||941||941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017|
|2||+1||Joe Root||England||888||917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015|
|3||-1||Kane Williamson||New Zealand||880||893 v Aus at Perth 2015|
|4||–||Cheteshwar Pujara||India||846||861 v Aus at Ranchi 2017|
|5||–||Virat Kohli||India||818||895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017|
Root entered the Lord’s Test trailing by 32 points with Williamson but is now leading by 8 points. England wicketkeeper- batsman Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance have also gained some points in the latest rankings. On the other hand, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander from South Africa move ahead in rankings. Philander also gained points in bowling chart alongside Morne Morkel.