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ICC Announces Test Ranking

Ben Stokes has replaced Jason Holder as the number one Test all-rounder following a match-defining performance in the second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford.

Stokes, who slammed a patient 176 in the first innings and followed that up with a rapid 57-ball 78 not out in the second, also went up to a career-best third spot in the rankings for batsmen, only behind Steven Smith and Virat Kohli, joint with Marnus Labuschagne on 827 ranking points.

Stokes trailed Holder in the all-rounder' list by 54 points before the second test, but ended it 38 points in front, after also claiming three wickets as England won by 113 runs to level the series. In the process, stokes ended holder's stay at the top after 18 months, and became the first from England to head the rankings since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006. Stokes' tally of 497 points was also the highest by a test all-rounder since Jacques Kallis got to 517 in April 2008.

As far as the World Test Championship is concerned, the win took England to the third position on the points table, the 40 points putting them in front of New Zealand and only behind India and Australia.