ICC Media Release
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has achieved his career-best ranking to date as England’s Moeen Ali and Sam Robson have made it to the top 100 in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen,which were released after Sri Lanka won the second Test and the series off the penultimate ball against England at Headingley. The 100 run victory is Sri Lanka’s first ever Test series win on English soil.
Player of the match Angelo Mathews has climbed two places on the rankings table to occupy 11thposition following his sturdy knock of 160 in the second innings, which helped the visitors set England a target of 350, which the host fell short of by 100 runs. This performance also makes him the third Sri Lanka player within the top 20, along with Kumar Sangakkara (2nd) and Mahela Jayawardena (14th).
The good news for England is that Moeen Ali, whose resilient unbeaten 108 in the second innings nearly saved the Test for his team, has been propelled 36 places to break into the top 100 for the first time, in 92nd position.
Close on his heels is team-mate Sam Robson, whose 127 in the first innings has been rewarded with a jump of 66 places to fetch him the 93rd spot on the rankings table.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers also saw huge gains from the Sri Lanka players. Dhammika Prasad’s match figures of one for 75 and five for 50 saw him re-enter the rankings table in the 55th position, while Angelo Mathews’ four for 60 in the match saw him jump up eight places to 81st .
Rangana Herath remains the only Sri Lanka bowler within the top ten, at number eight, while Shaminda Eranga (four for 93 and one for 38) has moved up four places to occupy 23rd place.
England will be happy with the performance of Liam Plunkett, who has returned to the side after a seven-year absence. His match figures of five for 64 and four for 112 have led to his jumping 54 places to enter the top 50 at number 50. James Anderson has also moved up three spots to number 10, only eight ratings points behind Herath.
Meanwhile, there has been some movement in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following England’s series loss to Sri Lanka. England has slipped two places to fifth position at 100 ratings points. This has led to both India and Pakistan moving up one place each. India is in fourth place with 102 ratings points, while Pakistan now occupies the third spot with 103 ratings points.