Still basking in the glory of their victory over India in the 2000th Test, England duo Jonathan Trott and James Anderson have jumped to second place in the ICC’s batting and bowling rankings.
The build-up to the four-match series opener between the sides at Lord’s was dominated by talk of Sachin Tendulkar’s quest for a 100th Test century and the battle for the No.1 rank in Test cricket with England able to usurp India provided they can win the series by two matches.
But having sealed a 196-run victory, much of the focus has fallen on Trott and Anderson following their impressive exploits not to mention Kevin Pietersen and Chris Broad.
Trott, who has arguably been England’s most consistent batsman since his emergence at the end of the 2009 Ashes, now lies just behind South Africa’s Jacques Kallis in the ICC’s list of the world’s top batsman.
Anderson is also on the rise after wrapping up victory for England with second-innings figures of 5-65, including the scalps of India’s three main dangermen – Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar.
The swing bowler, 28, moved ahead of team-mate Graeme Swann in the rankings, with another South African star – Dale Steyn – at the summit in the governing body’s bowling table.
But while England’s main protagonists ride the crest of a wave following their stunning first Test win, the same cannot be said for India with spinner Harbhajan Singh falling out of the top 10 after again struggling to pick up wickets at the home of cricket.