Mathews & Silva climb in Test batters ranking

November 20, 2018

Sri Lanka batters Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva have made major gains in the latest ICC Test ranking released following the conclusion of the second Test match against England in Pallekele.

Mathews has returned to the top-20 in 16th position after jumping five places while Silva is now 53rd up by 25 places. England’s Ben Foakes is ranked 54th in the ranking only after two Tests.

England defeated Sri Lanka by 57 runs in the second test while the third game of the series will get under on Friday in Colombo.

The ICC batting table is headed by Virat Kohli of India, followed by Australia’s Steve Smith, Kane Williamson of New Zealand and England’s Joe Root, who has collected 19 points following scores of 14 and 124 that also earned him the player of the match award in Kandy.

Meanwhile, Akila Dananjaya is ranked 41st up by 14 places and Jack Leach of England is 43rd up by 14 places in the Bowlers’ table. The bowlers’ list is headed by James Anderson of England, who has become the oldest bowler to be number-one since Muttiah Muralidaran in July 2009.

Anderson is also the oldest seamer to be number-one since Richard Hadlee in 1990 and oldest England bowler to be number-one since Jim Laker in 1959.

Meanwhile, England will be ranked second on the ICC Test Team Rankings when ratings are updated following the conclusion of the series against Sri Lanka in Colombo next week. England’s 57-run victory in the second Test in Pallekele have given them an unassailable 2-0 lead and with it have also assured them of moving one place up to second irrespective of how the third Test pans out.

If England win the Colombo Test, they will finish on 108 points, two more than South Africa, while Sri Lanka’s win will mean England will join South Africa on 106 points but will be ranked above the African side by a fraction of a point.

A drawn Test will mean England will finish on 107 points and one point ahead of South Africa – while Sri Lanka will end on 94 points after starting the series on 97 points.