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England’s Anderson knocks Aussie off top spot in Test rankings

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James Anderson, the veteran English pacer, has taken over from Australian bowler Pat Cummins to become the top-ranked bowler in the latest ICC Men’s Test Rankings. Anderson, who is 40 years old, has become the number-one ranked bowler for the sixth time.

He claimed the top spot by taking seven wickets in England’s 267-run victory over New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. The right-arm swing master ended Cummins’ four-year reign as the best Test bowler.

Anderson first reached the top in May 2016 and held it for five months before losing it to South African pacer Kagiso Rabada in November 2018. Anderson’s career began in 2003, and he has enjoyed a resurgence under new coach Brendon McCullum. England has won 10 of their last 11 Test matches, with Anderson playing a crucial role in their success.

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