England’s Ian Bell and Stuart Broad have been rewarded for their performances in the second Test win over India with significant rises in the ICC rankings.
Ian Bell has broken into the top five in the Reliance ICC Test Rankings after recording a career-high batting rating following his brilliant 159 against India at Trent Bridge.
Bell, who recorded his fourth century in the space of six Test Matches, has recorded a new career-high rating and is just 16 rating points behind England and county teammate Jonathan Trott, who has slipped two places in the rankings to fourth position.
Stuart Broad’s all-round heroics have seen him climb to third in the all-rounder rankings, while he has also jumped to seventh place in the bowling table following match figures of 8-76.
Matt Prior (21st), Stuart Broad (44th) and Tim Bresnan (joint 75th) have also achieved new career-high ratings following England’s 319-run victory which gave it a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
England opener Alastair Cook has slipped six places to 11th position following a disappointing series in which he has made just 20 runs in four innings.
Tim Bresnan has risen 14 places in the bowling rankings, following his first five-wicket Test haul, to put him 25th on the list, while his innings of 90 in the second innings has helped him rise to 13th in the all-rounder standings.
Rahul Dravid, who made his second consecutive Test match hundred of the series, has continued his climb up the rankings, rising four places to joint 11th.
There are three India batters in the top 10, with Sachin Tendulkar (3rd), VVS Laxman (9th) and Virender Sehwag (10th) just ahead of Dravid.
A series win of two clear Tests in the four-match series (2-0 or 3-1) will see Andrew Strauss’s men topple India as the number-one Test side in the world.
India have to win at least one Test and not lose the other one as to prevent England from taking over as the number one-ranked team.