Cook edges towards top spot

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Alastair Cook has the opportunity to become the first England batsman to rise to the summit of the Test rankings since 2003 following his match-winning 190 at Eden Gardens.

Cook is currently in one of the richest veins of form imaginable, having struck three centuries in as many Tests on the tour of India.

Those efforts have not only left England 2-1 up in the four-Test series, but also earned him a career-best 874 ratings points in the ICC system.

He has subsequently moved up a place to fourth in the standings, but is just five points adrift of leader Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

That means Cook could become the cream of the crop by virtue of another good performance in Nagpur next week – though Michael Clarke, currently second, will have the chance to add to his tally against Sri Lanka on Friday.

If he were to achieve that feat, Cook would be the first from these shores to do so in five-day cricket since Michael Vaughan almost a decade ago; Kevin Pietersen hit the ODI summit in 2007.

James Anderson has risen three places to seventh after impressing in Kolkata, while Graeme Swann is joint fifth and Monty Panesar 27th.

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