Thursday 24 September, 2020

Holder drops to second in all-rounder rankings, Stokes takes lead

West Indies' captain Jason Holder, right, greets Ben Stokes, who guided England to victory on the last day of the second cricket test match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool).

West Indies' captain Jason Holder, right, greets Ben Stokes, who guided England to victory on the last day of the second cricket test match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool).

England talisman Ben Stokes has replaced West Indies captain Jason Holder at the top of the ICC Test all-rounder rankings as a result of his Old Trafford heroics.

Stokes was named man of the match after another magnificent performance in Manchester, where England levelled the three-Test series with a 113-run victory on the final day.

England's vice-captain made a brilliant 176 in the first innings and cracked an unbeaten 78 from just 57 balls on day five after being promoted to open, with Joe Root's side in need of quick runs before the declaration.

Stokes also took 2-30 on Monday after picking up a wicket in the first innings.

Windies skipper Holder showed some defiance with the bat before being removed by Dom Bess as the tourists failed to secure a draw after winning the first Test in Southampton.

Holder also drops a place to third in the bowler rankings, with New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner moving up to second behind Australia quick Pat Cummins.

Stokes can seemingly do no wrong at the moment and the 29-year-old is now officially the best all-rounder in the world ahead of the series decider at Old Trafford, which starts on Friday.

He is the first England player to top the all-rounder rankings since Andrew Flintoff.

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