ICC Rankings: Ashwin holds on to second place as James Anderson moves up to fifth place;

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ICC Rankings: Ravichandran Ashwin holds on to second place as James Anderson moves up to fifth place – Ashwin holds on to second place, James Anderson has climbed three places in the latest ICC Men’s Test bowling rankings, with Mitchell Starc’s impact rewarded with a move further up the all-rounders top ten.

James Anderson stunning spell of 4/33 in England’s only bowling innings helped him move three spots up to No.5 in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings update.

It was Anderson who drew first blood and dismissed David Warner on the stroke of stumps on Day 1 after England were bowled out for 185. The next day, he bowled a brilliant spell upfront and was rewarded with the wicket of Steve Smith.

He later got the prized scalp of Marcus Harris, who looked well on course for a hundred, on 76. Anderson then broke a budding 34-run stand between Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, by getting the wicket of the Australian skipper and ensuring the hosts don’t run away with a massive lead.

Amongst the other bowlers in the match, Scott Boland directly debuted at No.74 in the Test Bowling Rankings. He returned Player of the Match-winning figures of 6/7 in the second innings, helping Australia secure an innings win and retain the Ashes.

Starc moved up a spot to No.5 in the Test All-rounders Rankings at the expense of Ben Stokes. Starc was once again lethal with the ball in hand, picking up five wickets across two innings in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. He also made a handy contribution of 24* that helped extend Australia’s lead to 82.

Marcus Harris, who had endured a difficult series up until the Boxing Day Test where he scored 76, climbed a massive 29 spots and broke into the top 100 batters, sitting at No.83 in the latest weekly rankings update.

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