ICC Men's Test Bowler Rankings: James Anderson clinches top position, Ravichandran Ashwin at number two
James Anderson has surpassed Australia's Pat Cummins and India's Ravichandran Ashwin to become the No. 1 bowler in the latest ICC Men's Test Rankings.
Anderson ascended to the top spot following his seven-wicket haul for England in last week's 267-run victory over New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, ending Cummins' four-year reign as the top-ranked Test bowler. It is the sixth time Anderson has held the top spot in the Test rankings, with the right-arm pacer first reaching the peak in May 2016 when he surpassed teammate Stuart Broad and Ashwin to take the top spot in a distinguished international career that began in 2003.
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Anderson most recently held the top ranking for five months in 2018, before losing it to South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada in November of that year.
But the old adage that "life begins at 40" certainly applies to Anderson, who has found a new lease on life under new coach Brendon McCullum, as England has won 10 of their last 11 Tests.
Anderson has been a mainstay in the majority of those victories, and the England legend now has 682 Test wickets, placing him third all-time behind spin duo Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Shane Warne (708).
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