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Root and Ballance rise up rankings

Joe Root and Gary Ballance have achieved career-highs in the ICC batting rankings after hitting centuries in the first Investec Test with Sri Lanka.

Root made a Test-best 200 not out that helped England recover from 120 for four to 575 all out in the first innings. For this achievement, the 23-year-old from Yorkshire not only won the man-of-the-match award but was rewarded with a jump of 15 places, which has put him in 23rd position.

Ballance had scores of 23 and 104 not out, which have lifted him 44 places to break into the top 100, in 89th position. The left-handed batsman will be aiming for further improvement in his ranking when he takes guard in the second Test, which starts at Headingley on Friday.

Joe Root on his way to a maiden Test double-century, which has helped him to move up 15 places to 23rd in the Test batting rankings

The Lord’s Test also saw Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews score their maiden Test centuries at that venue.

Sangakkara has regained the number-two position from West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul following scores of 147 and 61. Mathews stays 13th.

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