A Must Watch: World No. 3 Test batsman/bowler in One Frame

Joe Root-led England thumped India with a 227-run triumph in MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. The second Test will begin at the same venue on February 13.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 10, 2021 17:49 IST
A Must Watch: World No. 3 Test batsman/bowler in One Frame
Root and Anderson in the same frame. (Photo credit; ICC twitter)

ICC Test Rankings: The English pair of Joe Root and James Anderson have climbed into the third position on the ICC Test batting and bowling rankings respectively following their match-winning performances in the series opener between England and India at Chepauk in Chennai. England skipper Joe Root has 883 rating points whereas swing maestro Jimmy Anderson has 826 rating points. Interestingly, it is Root's highest ranking since September 2017.

One of the Fab-4 batsman Joe Root has continued a remarkable run-spree this year, amassing 218 and 40 to add to his first-innings scores of 186 and 228 in his previous two Tests against Sri Lanka. Root played a masterclass (218 off 377) against India to register an emphatic 227-run win in Chennai. 

His teammate Anderson's match haul of 5/63 against India in the Chennai Test, which included a devastating spell on Day 5, was enough to see the 38-year-old move up three places into the third spot, behind only his teammate Stuart Broad and Australian paceman Pat Cummins.

ICC Test Batting Rankings
ICC Test Batting Rankings
ICC Test Bowling Rankings
ICC Test Bowling Rankings

Root has now 36 points behind top-ranked Kane Williamson (919) and trails second-placed Steve Smith (891) by just eight points. Root's masterpiece of 218 from 377 balls in the first Test against India helped England remain in contention for the World Test Championship (WTC) final to be played at Lord's in June. He has notched 684 runs in three Tests played in the sub-continent recently, with two of them held in Sri Lanka.