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James Anderson storms back to top 10 after Southampton heroics
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James Anderson storms back to top 10 after Southampton heroics

James Anderson, Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler have made significant gains in the ICC Test rankings following the series finale between England and Pakistan at Ageas Bowl.

Anderson made history on Tuesday by becoming the first pace bowler in Test cricket to take 600 wickets when he produced a magical delivery to dismiss Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali.

Having come into the third Test with a couple of quiet outings during the English Test summer, Anderson returned a match haul of seven wickets including exceptional figures of five for 56 in the first innings.

His phenomenal performance has enabled him to climb six spots to reach the eighth position. This marks Anderson's reentry in the top 10 after briefly dropping out of the elite list since the preceding series against West Indies.

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While all the hype in the Southampton Test centred on Anderson's astonishing achievement, Crawley rose to prominence with an epic double ton.

In only his eighth Test appearance, the 22-year-old etched his name in the record books by registering a mammoth score of 267 - the second-highest maiden Test century by an Englishman and seventh-highest overall.

Crawley earned the player of the match prize for his heroics that have vaulted him to a career-best 28th place as he experiences a whopping promotion of 53 spots.

His partner in crime Buttler, who shared an imperious 359-run stand for the fourth wicket with Crawley, has also made major strides in the rankings.

Buttler followed up his match-defining knock in the first Test at Old Trafford with a spectacular 152 in England's only innings.

His fine effort has seen him progress upwards as he has attained a career-best 637 rating points and 21st slot, three places behind the 18th he accomplished in November 2018.

Ben Stokes, who was unavailable for the last two Tests against Pakistan due to family reasons, has ceded the No. 1 rank among all-rounders to West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Although Pakistan failed to avoid a series defeat to England for the first time in a decade, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan's solid form resulted in an improved standing for the duo.

Azhar's lean patch finally ended with a defiant 141, hailed by many as one of the most remarkable rearguard actions, and he has now reached 23rd. Rizwan was named Pakistan's player of the series for his successive half-centuries and splendid glovework. He has moved to 72nd from the 75th place.

England and Pakistan shared points under the World Test Championship system following the drawn encounter. The hosts continue to be third in the nine-team table while Pakistan occupy the fifth slot.