ICC news July 10, 2017

Moeen pips Stokes in allrounder's rankings

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Moeen Ali's allround exploits at Lord's were England's best in a match since Ian Botham in 1980 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Moeen Ali has leapfrogged his team-mate Ben Stokes to be ranked as England's leading allrounder, following his triumphant performance in the first Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Moeen's second-innings haul of 6 for 53 completed career-best match figures of 10 for 112, as South Africa were bowled out for 119 on the fourth day to succumb to a 211-run defeat. That effort followed a vital 87 from 147 balls with the bat in the first innings, as Moeen helped add 177 for the sixth wicket with Joe Root and drive England towards a healthy total of 458.

His efforts meant he became the fifth-fastest player to reach 2000 Test runs and 100 wickets, as well as the first for England to score a fifty and record a ten-wicket haul in the same match since Ian Botham in 1980.

As a consequence, Moeen has achieved career-best batting, bowling and allrounder marks in the latest ICC player rankings, and is now considered the third-best allrounder in the world, behind Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan and India's Ravindra Jadeja, with Stokes back in fourth place.

Joe Root, who marked his first Test as England captain with a notable victory, is now ranked as the second-best Test batsman in the world, after leapfrogging his New Zealand opposite number Kane Williamson in second place thanks to his first-innings 190.

Root had entered the Lord's Test trailing Williamson by 32 points, but now leads him by eight points. Australia's captain, Steve Smith, remains 53 points clear in top spot, on 941 points - the fifth-highest ranking ever recorded.

England's wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow, entered the top ten for the first time after his fighting fifty in England's second innings at Lord's, while Alastair Cook, the former captain, rose two places to 11th with his 69. Moeen is England's fourth-highest ranked batsman, in 21st place.

In the bowling table, Moeen's ten wickets mean he has climbed nine places to enter the top 20 for the first time, while South Africa's Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel gained one place each to sit 10th and 13th respectively. The table is headed by Jadeja, with his India team-mate Ravichandran Ashwin second and Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka third.

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  • paul.r8086736 on July 11, 2017, 17:35 GMT

    @CRICFAN9430869307 I can't agree with your assessment of Rashid. I like the guy and think he should be in the team ahead of Dawson, but he is a little bit flaky. He bows 1, sometimes 2 pies almost every over. In short form cricket batsmen can't wait for those, and under scoreboard pressure he gets wickets. In test matches, unless the ball is ragging square, batsmen with half decent defensive techniques sit on his bowling waiting for the bad ball - secure in the knowledge that one will be along soon. When he does got for 2 or 3 boundaries in an over his mindset seems to change or he loses his nerve and - if anything - bowls a few more pies. He is a confidence bowler. Temperamentally he seems to be the spin bowling equivalent of Graeme Hick or Dean Jones. (both players I hugely admire and loved to watch - just like Rashid) For all that - as an attacking spinner he is an option and I would prefer him in the team to Dawson.

  • Chirag on July 11, 2017, 12:37 GMT

    Why Hardik Pandya is not there in a all rounders list. He is better than Shakib, Jadeja

  • david on July 11, 2017, 11:20 GMT

    having had the pleasure of watching Ian Botham from start to finish of his career. he was the best in all disciplines for England in my opinion. he would get into the side in all the disciplines which few could do. sobers was right up there but i only caught the last few years of his career. but the tops would have to be Jacques Kallis, his stats when you look at them are outstanding his only downside he was a dour saffer which always seem off putting. so its J K 1st G S 2nd I B 3rd all the others also rans

  • Mahendra Kumar on July 11, 2017, 9:16 GMT

    top five allrounders: 4 spinners and 1 pacer!!!! The days of Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, I Botham, R Hadlee gone.

  • Graham on July 11, 2017, 8:59 GMT

    Jadeja with no test 100's in at 2? Makes no sense.

  • sam on July 11, 2017, 7:45 GMT

    @CRICFAN9430869307 You certainly don't understand test cricket, do you? Rashid is superior to Swann, according to you. You wrote, "He is a far superior spinner than Swann and in fact in India, he outperformed Warne in Indian conditions against a team full of stars who grew up playing vs spin." That was HILARIOUS. Rashid bowls 1 or 2 loose balls every over. Test Cricket is all about creating pressure which leads to batsmen committing mistakes. With Rashid on, there is hardly ever any pressure on batsman. And Rashid bowling to Kohli, Rahane, Pujara, Rahul, Vijay is entirely different to Warne bowling to Sidhu, Tendulkar, Laxman, Azhar, Sourav, Dravid. The ability to play spin of the 1998 Indian Team is almost incomparable in history of test cricket post Second World War. And the current Indian Team has several problems vs spin; namely Rahane is dodgy vs spin, Vijay & Saha often fail to read a googly, etc.

  • Shane on July 11, 2017, 7:04 GMT

    @NEVERAGAIN - lol, am I the only one using the words "pacers"? I've heard it around the place more than once in my time, but OK, "quicks" it is!

    Agreed on Shakib - he is quality in both disciplines and a genuine all rounder. I would probably put Stokes in that category as well personally - he will want to improve his bowling numbers a little but overall I think you can say he contributes well in both disciplines.

    Your point about spinners may be a fair one, actually - if they are more advantaged by playing at home than, ahem, quicks, then perhaps that does explain them being higher in the rankings - though this would be reflected in both the bowling rankings and the all rounder rankings, wouldn't it?

  • ghalib4313810 on July 11, 2017, 6:11 GMT

    Comparison with Shakib is grossly unfair as Shakib hardly played any TEST matches abroad to justify his abilities as a spinner in conditions unfamiliar to him. Pitches in Bangladesh help spinners and thus someone like Adil Rashid will always be an automatic selection for Bangladesh Team but due to sheer stupidity or bias, he is not selected in English team. He is a far superior spinner than Swann and in fact in India, he outperformed Warne in Indian conditions against a team full of stars who grew up playing vs spin. Ashwin or Jadeja didnt turn the ball as much and only if they can do better than Moeen or Rashid in English pitches that the world will see them as better spinners. Moeen got two centuries in those pitches too. Moeen got 10 wickets in Lords which is not traditionally suited off spinners so credit must be given where its due. If he can be a little less reckless with his batting, he can easily outperform Stokes in terms of batting average. Can Shakib bowl better in India ?

  • loveon5209141 on July 11, 2017, 5:12 GMT

    Nevergain wow u are putting Anderson with steyn, my god!!!! I think I should put Ash and Warne together.

  • Paul on July 10, 2017, 23:29 GMT

    @shane-oh, where are you from? 'Pacers', what does that word mean? The correct term is 'quick' or 'quicks'. Anyway, in all seriousness, I think you are right that the all rounder rankings make it too easy for a quality bowler who bats a bit to get a high ranking, or vice versa actually. Shakib is probably the only one for me who stands out as a genuinely top notch all rounder - so the rankings have that right at least. I am not sure that the high rankings for spinners are just coincidental, though. If you look at the pattern of the last few years, any spinner playing consistently and playing a big chunk of their cricket in the subcontinent has had a very high likelihood of being up the pointy end of the rankings. As soon as they leave home comforts, though, their rankings drop off pretty quick. Yasir is a case in point. The same doesn't seem to happen in reverse to the likes of Steyn or Anderson (both of whom are past their prime now) or, more recently, Hazlewood.

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