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Joe Root (L) and Alastair Cook celebrate after beating India (AFP Photo)

Alastair Cook jumped 11 spots in the latest ICC Rankings for Test batsmen after his match-winning effort in the fifth and final Test against India guided England to a 118-run win on Tuesday. Cook ends his 12-year-long career at 10th spot – the third best for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (5th) and Geoffrey Boycott (8th).

Cook, 32, scored 71 and 147 runs in his final two innings and thus became the fifth batsman in the history to record a century in debut and final Test.

Cook’s ranking is the best among the top-five run-getters in Test history at the time of retirement. Jacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot while Ricky Ponting finished at 26th place.

India captain Virat Kohli, who finished the series with an impressive tally of 593 runs, continues at the top spot followed by Australian Steve Smith and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson at second and third positions respectively.

India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scored his maiden century in the final Test and he made a massive leap of 63 positions after scoring 114 on the fifth day to move to 111th. Opener KL Rahul also finally left behind his poor run in the series to score 149 and broke into the top-20. He’s currently at 19th spot.

Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in India’s first innings was crucial in keeping them in the contest which has helped him jump 12 places to 58th spot. He also took seven wickets in the match ans his all-round show has pushed him up a rung in the allrounder’s list at second position.

On the other hand, England captain Joe Root, who also scored a century at The Oval – his first in 13 months – gained one place to climb up to fourth spot. Jos Buttler claimed 23rd spot while allrounder Moeen Ali also moved upwards to be placed 43rd in the rankings.