Anderson reclaims top spot in ICC Test bowlers rankings

James Anderson, who was the top-ranked bowler in August 2016, has reclaimed the spot to become the oldest bowler to be number-one ranked since Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran

James Anderson picked up his career-best figures of seven for 42 in an innings and a match haul of nine wickets against West Indies.

A phenomenal performance against West Indies in the Lord's Test that took him to a landmark 500 wickets in the format has helped James Anderson reclaim the top spot in the ICC Test bowlers rankings.

The 35-year-old’s career-best figures of seven for 42 in an innings and a match haul of nine wickets saw him overtake India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who he now leads by 12 points. The third and fourth places are also taken by spinners with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath taking those positions.

Anderson, who was the top-ranked bowler in August 2016, has reclaimed the spot to become the oldest bowler to be number-one ranked since Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran in July 2009 and the oldest pace bowler to be at the top since Australia’s Glenn McGrath in January 2006.

In the batsmen rankings, Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be the top-ranked Indian at No. 4, followed by captain Virat Kohli at No.6.

Both K. L. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane climbed up the ladder by a place each to be at ninth and 10th positions, respectively.

Australia’s Steve Smith continues to be the No. 1 batsman.