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01 Mar 2023 | 11:07 AM

Ashwin replaces Anderson as No 1 Test bowler

The Indian spinner replaced Anderson after his six wickets in India's win against Australia in the second Test at Delhi

James Anderson's stay as the number one bowler in the longest format has come to an end as Ravichandran Ashwin has replaced him after guiding India to a win with six wickets across the two innings in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia in Delhi. 

The 40-year-old seamer dropped a position down after England's one-wicket loss to New Zealand in Wellington on Tuesday (February 28). 

The off-spinner scalped the prized wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in the same over of the first innings, along with Alex Carey in the back end of the innings. He followed it up with wickets of Australia's opener, Travis Head and Labuschagne and Smith in the second essay. 

Along with Ashwin, his bowling partner Ravindra Jadeja too moved to the eighth position of the bowler's category after his 10-wicket heroics in the match in Delhi and is leading the charts in the all-rounder's list. 

Joe Root and Harry Brook have also moved up in the all-rounders and batting list, respectively, after England's two-Test match series against New Zealand. 

The two Australian batters, Labuschagne and Smith, are number one and number two in the batting rankings, with Root at number three. 

While the former skipper has leapfrogged Babar Azam to the third position, Brook is in 16th place with Virat Kohli. The 24-year-old has been a prolific run scorer for the England side, with 809 runs in ten innings at a strike rate of 98. 

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