After missing out on the first test match of the series between England and Pakistan, James Anderson has returned to the top of the ICC Test Bowling Rankings following his match winning performance in the third test at Edgbaston. The 34-year-old took 4-85, helping England to victory by a margin of 141 runs. Having now taken 462 international test wickets to date, the Lancashire man has moved 12 points ahead of closest rival Ravichandran Ashwin, with the Indian spinner now just ahead of fellow England bowler Stuart Broad. England begin their fourth test against Pakistan at the Oval on Thursday, with Trevor Bayliss’ men the favourites for victory in the sports betting among bookmakers.
With 4/7 odds at Coral sports, England will be looking to end the series in style, before beginning their one day schedule over the coming weeks. Despite Anderson doubting the longevity of his own personal standing in the record books, he believes that England have a significantly better chance of staying at the top of the game for an extended period. Another win this coming week could well see them return to the top of the test rankings for the first time since 2012. England are given evens odds in the sports betting at Coral to hold a first innings lead at the Oval.
Anderson himself was forced to apologise to umpire Bruce Oxenford after the England man let his frustrations get the better of him. Having been warned over running on the pitch at Edgbaston, Anderson reacted angrily to further warnings, only to later apologise for his behaviour after the match. Anderson is the overwhelming favourite in the sports betting odds from Coral to be the leading wicket taker come the end of proceedings in South London.
Elsewhere in test cricket this week, Sri Lanka take on Australia in the third test between the two sides, with the home side currently holding a 2-0 lead. As a result of their poor performances on the road, Australia face the prospect of being leapfrogged by both England and India in the rankings.