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Kohli end England series as world's best, Cook signs off at 10th spot

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ended the England tour as the number-one ranked batsman in world despite failing in his last innings while just retired England opener signed off from international on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the Rankings for Test Batsmen.

Cook was adjudged of the Match in the final Test at The Oval.

The left-hander's scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by 118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series.

This memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday.

Cook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he had scored a Test best 294 against at Edgbaston. This was the same year when Cook won the prestigious of the Year award.

The former England has ended an impressive career with the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the batsmen who scored more runs than him in the pinnacle format.

hung his boots in 12th position, and both ended their careers in 18th spot and finished in 26th place.

Apart from winning the of the Year award in 2011, Cook was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 (as captain).

He also made his way into the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, the year in which he reached his career-best fifth position in ODIs during the month of June.

Kohli, meanwhile, had started the series 27 points behind Australia's and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.

Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which starts on 4 October.

In other movements amongst the batsmen, has moved up one place to fourth position after a fine knock of 125 in the second innings while other England batsmen to gain in the rankings include (up nine places to 23rd) and Moeen Ali (up five places to 43rd).

India's Lokesh Rahul and have made big gains in the latest rankings update. Rahul has advanced 16 places to 19th position after his knock of 149 and Pant has moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.

Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the all-rounder's list to second position.

In the rankings for Test bowlers, England fast bowler started and finished the series in number-one ranking. After the Lord's Test, Anderson reached a career-high 903 points. Anderson started the series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point mark.

Other bowlers to make an upward movement after the Oval Test include (up one place to 27th), (up six places to 44th) and (up four places to 51st) all advancing after taking three wickets each.

Meanwhile, England have advanced to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. They have gained eight points to move above to 105 points and just one point behind and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.

remain the top side in the format but the result has seen them lose 10 points and slip to 115 points.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 17:08 IST
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