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Alastair Cook goes out with a bang in latest ICC Test rankings

Virat Kohli retained the top spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen despite a first-ball duck in the second innings of the final Test against England. Kohli, who first reached the summit of the rankings after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot again after the game at Trent Bridge, will now look to cement his status as the best batsman in the world when India host West Indies later in the year.

Retiring English legend Alastair Cook, meanwhile, signed off with a flourish, breaking into the top 10 after his Man of the Match performance at the Oval. Cook amassed 218 runs across two innings in the final match of his Test career, ending with the third best ranking for a retiring English batter.

England skipper Joe Root was rewarded for finally finding some form as his century in the second innings propelled him up one spot to fourth in the rankings. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali meanwhile climbed to 23rd and 43rd, gaining 9 and 5 places respectively.

For India, centurions KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were major movers, with the former moving 16 spots to 19th and the latter climbing a whopping 63 places to 111.

In the bowlers’ rankings, James Anderson, who surpassed Glenn McGrath’s tally of 563 wickets, maintained his position at the top, ending the series with 899 rating points. Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran all made gains, moving up 1, 6 and 4 spots respectively.

England, having claimed a 4-1 series win, gained 8 points in the team rankings and now sit ahead of New Zealand in the fourth spot. They trail Australia and South Africa by just a point.

India, despite their crushing defeat, sit pretty at the top although they did lose 10 rating points.

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