ICC Rankings: India, Kohli to start World Test Championship as No. 1

India and Virat Kohli will start the ICC World Test Championship cycle with the two-Test series against the West Indies as the No. 1 team and player respectively.

India and skipper Kohli are respectively placed atop the ICC Test rankings teams and batsmen list. Even though five-Test Ashes starts from August 1, three weeks ahead of India play their first Test in the West Indies, neither England and Australia nor any of their player appear close enough to topple India or Kohli at the top before the first West Indies-India Test gets underway in Antigua on August 22.

Meanwhile, following the conclusion of the one-off Test at Lord’s yesterday (Friday), England and Ireland players have moved up in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

Broad advanced one spot to 18th’ Murtagh, Rankin and Balbirnie were among those to gain for Ireland.

Winning The Ashes will help Australia overtake England in the team rankings,

England’s players will get a chance to improve their rankings in the upcoming Ashes when they take on some of the best in the business.

England captain Joe Root slipped a place to seventh after the Test against Ireland but will be hoping to work his way towards the top while new-ball bowler James Anderson will be looking to wrest back the top place from Australia’s Pat Cummins after missing the one-off Test at Lord’s.

Australia’s Steve Smith and David Warner, currently in fourth and sixth positions, too have the chance of improving their rankings, while Nathan Lyon will be looking to move up again after being overtaken by Broad.

In the upcoming Ashes, Australia will overtake England to the fourth position with a series win while England can gain up to six points and move up the table. But neither Australia nor England come closer to table toppers India and Kohli.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 27 July, after the one-off England-Ireland Test): 1. India (113); 2. New Zealand (111); 3. South Africa (108); 4. England (105); 5.

Australia (98); 6. Sri Lanka (94); 7. Pakistan (84); 8. West Indies (81); 9. Bangladesh (65); and 10. Zimbabwe (16).

*Afghanistan and Ireland have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 27 July, after the one-off England-Ireland Test): 1. Virat Kohli (Ind, 922); 2. Kane Williamson (NZ, 913); 3. Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind, 881); 4. Steve Smith (Aus, 857); 5. Henry Nicholls (NZ, 778); 6. David Warner (Aus, 756); 7. Joe Root (Eng, 741); 8. A Markram (SA, 719); 9. Quinton de Kock (SA, 718); and 10. Faf du Plessis (SA, 702).

Bowlers (top 10): 1. Pat Cummins (Aus, 878); 2. J Anderson (Eng, 853); 3. K Rabada (SA, 851); 4. V Philander (SA, 813); 5. Neil Wagner (NZ, 801); 6. R Jadeja (Ind, 794); 7. Trent Boult (NZ, 787); 8. Jason Holder (WI, 770) and M Abbas (Pak, 770); and 10. R Ashwin (Ind, 763).

All-rounders (top five): 1. Jason Holder (WI, 439); 2. S Al Hasan (Ban, 399); 3. R Jadeja (Ind, 387); 4. (Ben Stokes, 350); and 5. V Philander (SA, 326).