Anderson leaps up Test rankings

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James Anderson has risen up the Test bowling rankings after his performance in the second Test against West Indies

England fast bowler James Anderson has moved up to a career-best seventh place in the ICC Test bowling rankings following his stellar performance in the second Test against West Indies.

The 26-year-old Lancashire seamer recorded figures of 5-87 and 4-38 at the Riverside as England won by an innings and 83 runs to wrap up a 2-0 series victory.

As a result, Anderson has climbed eight places in the latest rankings and is now England’s highest-placed bowler, ahead of Ryan Sidebottom (12th) and Andrew Flintoff (18th).

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan continues to lead the bowling chart, followed by South Africa paceman Dale Steyn and Australia left-armer Mitchell Johnson.

Meanwhile, Essex duo Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara have made significant progress in the batting standings.

Cook is up to 21st after he recorded his highest Test score of 160 at Chester-le-Street, while Bopara has moved up 19 places to 53rd after hitting a stylish 108, his third successive Test century.

West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul went into the series as the number one batsman in the world, but he now occupies fourth position after failing to pass 50 in either Test.

Pakistan skipper Younus Khan tops the rankings, with Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara in second and India opener Gautam Gambhir in third.

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis leads the all-rounders list, ahead of Johnson and New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori.