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Monty Panesar is the highest rated England spinner for 30 years
by ICC Media Release


Scorecard:England v West Indies
Player:DL Underwood, MS Panesar, Mohammad Yousuf, RT Ponting, MP Vaughan, SM Pollock, A Flintoff, JH Kallis, SE Bond, MJ Hoggard, PD Collingwood, S Chanderpaul, JC Laker, GAR Lock, DJ Bravo, M Ntini, M Muralitharan, RJ Sidebottom, A Kumble
Event:West Indies in England 2007

DateLine: 21st June 2007

 

Series tally of 23 wickets gives him best rating since Derek Underwood in 1977; Chanderpaul back into top ten batsmen; Hoggard, Collingwood also on the rise

 

Monty Panesarís rise up the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers continues apace following another top performance in the fourth Test against the West Indies. The 25-year-old has moved into the top ten for the first time in his career and is now the highest rated England spinner since Derek Underwood in 1977.

 

In the four-match series just concluded Panesar took 23 wickets at an average of 18.69 and following the final Test at Chester-le-Street moved up six more places. He is now ranked joint-sixth in the world along with England team-mate Matthew Hoggard, who himself gained two places having taken five wickets in the match.

 

Currently on 721 ratings points, the slow left-armer still has some way to go to being the top-rated England spinner of all time, however. That honour remains with Surrey legend Tony Lock, who reached 912 ratings points during a home series against New Zealand in 1958.

 

But that was when Lock was at the height of his powers, bowling in tandem with off-spinner Jim Laker in one of the most successful bowling partnerships of all time, and at 25, Panesar has plenty of time to make his own mark on history.

 

All-time leading England spin bowlers

 

Rank Bowler HS Ranking

 

1 Tony Lock 912 v NZ, Jul 1958

 

2 Derek Underwood 907 v NZ, Mar 1971

 

3 Jim Laker 897 v Aus, Aug 1956

 

4 Johnny Briggs 886 v Aus, Aug 1893

 

5 Headley Verity 853 v Aus, Jan 1937

 

6 Colin Blythe 843 v SA, Mar 1910

 

7 Johnny Wardle 831 v SA, Jan 1957

 

8 Bobby Peel 827 v Aus, Aug 1896

 

9 Wilfred Rhodes 823 v Aus, Feb 1904

 

10 JJ Ferris 816 v SA, Mar 1892

 

Selected Others

 

Fred Titmus 797 v NZ, Jul 1965

 

Monty Panesar 721 v WI, Jun 2007

 

Ashley Giles 668 v WI, Aug 2004

 

Phil Edmonds 654 v NZ, Aug 1978

 

John Emburey 584 v Aus, Nov 1986

 

Phil Tufnell 549 v Aus, Aug 1997

 

 

If Panesar continues his good form, he could easily move up to third by the end of the English summer such is the congested nature of the rankings at present. With three Tests coming up against India he is just one rating point behind Shane Bond in fifth and nine behind Shaun Pollock of South Africa and Indiaís Anil Kumble in joint third.

 

It would be a remarkable achievement considering he was ranked 33rd at the beginning of the series against the West Indies.

 

Englandís Ryan Sidebottom is another England bowler to benefit during the series and is now ranked 42nd, having moved up another spot following the fourth Test.

 

Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka is still the highest ranked Test bowler in the world with South Africaís Makhaya Ntini in second.

 

Although the West Indies lost the series in England 3-0, there was some consolation in that star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was named its player of the series. In the three matches that he played, Chanderpaul scored 446 runs at an average of 148.66, including two centuries and three fifties.

 

Following his 136 not out and 70 in the fourth Test, he moved up another three places in the LG ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen and is back into the top ten. Over the course of the series he has progressed ten places up the rankings and is now in his highest position since July 2005.

 

Chanderpaulís team-mate Dwayne Bravo also had a successful series personally and the all-rounder moved up 12 places in the batting rankings to 27th position, the highest of his career to date.

 

Englandís Paul Collingwood has moved up five places in the latest rankings to 13th position overall. He is Englandís second highest ranked Test batsman behind Kevin Pietersen in third spot.

 

Australiaís Ricky Ponting still tops the list with Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan in second place.

 

There are no changes in the latest LG ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with Jacques Kallis of South Africa still topping the table followed by Andrew Flintoff in second spot and Pollock third.

 

Meanwhile, England has strengthened its position in second place of the LG ICC Test Championship following its series victory over the West Indies. Michael Vaughanís team is now six ratings points clear of Pakistan in third spot but still 21 ratings points behind Australia at the top.

 

The West Indies remains in eighth position overall, 21 points behind New Zealand.

 

LG ICC Test Championship (as at 20 June, after England v West Indies series)

 

Rank Team Rating

 

1 Australia 135

 

2 England 114

 

3 Pakistan 108

 

4 India 107

 

5 Sri Lanka 102

 

6 South Africa 102

 

7 New Zealand 93

 

8 West Indies 72

 

9 Zimbabwe 28

 

10 Bangladesh 1

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

LG ICC Test Rankings (as of 20 June, after England v West Indies series)

 

Batsmen

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Ranking

 

1 ( - ) Ricky Ponting Aus 936 59.29 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

 

2 ( - ) Mhd Yousuf Pak 915 56.00 933 v WI at Karachi 2006

 

3 ( - ) Kevin Pietersen Eng 862 52.10 909 v WI at Leeds 2007

 

4 ( - ) K.C.Sangakkara SL 857 50.64 857 v NZ at Wellington 2006

 

5 ( - ) Mike Hussey Aus 842* 79.85 842 v Eng at Sydney 2007

 

6 ( - ) Matthew Hayden Aus 828 53.00 935 v Eng at Brisbane 2002

 

7 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 820 55.09 896 v Eng at Cape Town 2005

 

8 ( - ) Rahul Dravid Ind 801 57.46 892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005

 

9 ( - ) Younis Khan Pak 789 48.21 856 v Eng at Leeds 2006

 

10 (+3) S.Chanderpaul WI 762 46.63 811 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2005

 

11 (-1) Ashwell Prince SA 755 42.85 756 v Pak at Centurion 2007

 

12 (-1) Inzamam-ul-Haq Pak 735 50.07 870 v Eng at Lahore 2005 13 (+5) P.D.Collingwood Eng 712 45.47 730 v Aus at Adelaide 2006

 

14 (-2) M.Jayawardene SL 710 48.37 836 v Eng at Birmingham 2002

 

15 ( - ) Stephen Fleming NZ 674 39.64 702 v Ban at Chittagong 2004

 

16= ( - ) S.R.Tendulkar Ind 672 55.44 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

 

( - ) Graeme Smith SA 672 47.08 756 v NZ at Wellington 2004

 

18 (+2) Adam Gilchrist Aus 662 48.66 874 v SA at Cape Town 2002

 

19 (+2) Michael Clarke Aus 657 42.00 692 v Eng at Perth 2006

 

20 (-6) Alastair Cook Eng 653* 46.29 689 v WI at Manchester 2007

 

Bowlers

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Ave HS Ranking

 

1 ( - ) M.Muralidaran SL 913 21.73 915 v Pak at Lahore 2002

 

2 ( - ) Makhaya Ntini SA 856 27.48 863 v Ind at Durban 2006

 

3= ( - ) Anil Kumble Ind 730 28.59 859 v SL at Bangalore 1994

 

( - ) Shaun Pollock SA 730 23.19 909 v Eng at Johannesburg 1999

 

5 ( - ) Shane Bond NZ 722* 22.10 778 v WI at Auckland 2006

 

6= (+2) Míthew Hoggard Eng 721 30.03 795 v SL at Birmingham 2006

 

(+6) Monty Panesar Eng 721* 28.40 721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007

 

8 (-2) Stuart Clark Aus 720* 17.80 720 v Eng at Sydney 2007

 

9 (-2) Mohammad Asif Pak 710* 20.12 710 v SA at Cape Town 2007

 

10 ( - ) Shoaib Akhtar Pak 698 25.29 855 v NZ at Wellington 2003

 

11 ( - ) Andrew Flintoff Eng 680 32.02 810 v Pak at Multan 2005

 

12 (-3) Corey Collymore WI 673* 32.30 700 v Eng at Lord's 2007

 

13 ( - ) Chaminda Vaas SL 663 29.44 800 v Ind at Chennai 2005

 

14 ( - ) Danish Kaneria Pak 662 32.36 723 v Eng at Multan 2005

 

15 ( - ) Brett Lee Aus 644 31.60 658 v WI at Perth 2000

 

16 ( - ) James Franklin NZ 637* 28.19 679 v SL at Christchurch 2006

 

17 ( - ) Irfan Pathan Ind 618* 30.79 761 v SL at Delhi 2005

 

18 (+1) Umar Gul Pak 608* 30.62 627 v WI at Karachi 2006

 

19 (+1) Daniel Vettori NZ 598 34.28 681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

 

20 (+1) Stuart MacGill Aus 593 27.20 728 v WI at Kingston 1999

 

All-rounders

 

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points HS Ranking

 

1 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 462 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

 

2 ( - ) Andrew Flintoff Eng 384 501 v Pak at Multan 2005

 

3 ( - ) Shaun Pollock SA 356 490 v Eng at The Oval 2003

 

4 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 329 329 v SL at Wellington 2006

 

5 ( - ) Chaminda Vaas SL 253 281 v Ind at Chennai 2005

 

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

 

For more information on the LG ICC Player Rankings, including all-time batting and bowling lists, go to http://www.lgiccrankings.com/


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