AFP
AFP

Post his fourth double-century in whites, former England skipper Alastair Cook has climbed up six places to attain the 6th spot in latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen. Cook amassed 243 runs in England’s innings, helping them register 209-run victory over West Indies in the first of the three-Test series at Edgbaston. Interestingly, Cook also became the first English player to register a double-ton in a day-night Test (first ever for England). This is also the left-hander’s highest ranking in more than 4 years.

Cook looked nonchalant against an ordinary bowling line-up of West Indies. The 32-year-old struck 33 fours to take the team’s score to 514 for 8 declared. His 407-ball stay proved to be too much for the below-par visitors who crumbled below 200 (less than Cook’s tally) in both innings. Cook moved up the rankings, surpassing fellow teammate Jonny Bairstow. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s 18-run knock saw him shed away 16 ranking points. On the other hand, James Anderson also closed the gap with the No. 1 bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, in rankings. Anderson’s five-wicket haul in the series opener leaves him only 9 points behind the Indian spinner.