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Ben Stokes surges to career-high 13th in official Test batting rankings after Ashes heroics at Headingley

  • England’s Ben Stokes has moved to 13th in the official Test batting rankings 
  • It is a career high standing for the Ashes hero following his recent performance 
  • Stokes’ unbeaten 135 stopped Australia taking the urn with two matches in hand 
  • He set a new record for the most sixes by one batsmen in a Test match 
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Ben Stokes’ epic performance in England’s miraculous one-wicket win over Australia at Headingley has seen him rise to a career-high 13th in the official Test batting rankings.

Stokes, whose unbeaten 135 denied the Australians the chance to retain the urn with two matches in hand, has surged to 693 rating points, elevating him 13 places and beyond his previous best position of 19th.

The 28-year-old – whose eight sixes in the final innings in Leeds set a new record for the most by one batsmen in a Test match without one from another player – is also up to second in the International Cricket Council’s all-rounder standings, behind West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Ben Stokes' Ashes heroics saw him rise to a career-high 13th in official Test batting rankings

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Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics saw him rise to a career-high 13th in official Test batting rankings

England’s Test vice-captain’s previous best placing was third but his astonishing efforts to seal a 359-run chase – a new record for England – plus four wickets in the match put him 22 points behind Holder.

Jofra Archer, who entered the rankings at 83 following an impressive Lord’s debut earlier this month, has hurtled another 40 spots to number 43 amongst the Test bowlers after taking eight wickets – including six for 45 on the first day.

Meanwhile, England captain Joe Root is also upwardly mobile, moving from ninth to seventh in the batting charts following a second-innings 77 on his home Headingley turf.

Stokes' unbeaten 135 denied Australia the chance to retain the urn with two matches in hand

Stokes' unbeaten 135 denied Australia the chance to retain the urn with two matches in hand

Stokes’ unbeaten 135 denied Australia the chance to retain the urn with two matches in hand