Gary Ballance’s third century of the summer has lifted the left-hander to a career-best position in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen.
Ballance cracked 156 in the series-levelling 266-run win in the third Investec Test against India at the Ageas Bowl to jump 16 places to be ranked 31st in the world.
Bell top-scored with 167 in England’s mammoth first innings 569 for seven declared to help set up the win.
The Warwickshire right-hander therefore gained five places to move up to 19th place – three positions behind England’s top-ranked Test batsman Joe Root.
Cook passed 50 in both innings in Southampton, and fell just five runs shy of a long-awaited century, to lift him seven places to 22nd in the rankings.
Man of the match James Anderson moved up a single place to seventh in the bowlers’ rankings after he claimed the 16th Test five-wicket haul of his career on his 32nd birthday.
Anderson is the leading wicket-taker in the series, just one ahead of Moeen Ali who snared 6-67 on the final day to spin England to victory.
Moeen’s career-best day helped him leap 34 places to the 38th on the list, which is headed by South Africa quick Dale Steyn.
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