Root and Buttler up in rankings

England’s encouraging performances in the first three games of the Royal London One-Day Series have resulted in several players moving up the ICC Rankings.

Despite suffering losses at the Kia Oval and the Ageas Bowl, a record-breaking win at Edgbaston has seen Joe Root and Jos Buttler shoot up the standings, after starring in the 210-run win.

Although England have slipped to a 2-1 deficit in the series with two games to go, the nature of the performances have offered plenty of encouragement for a new-look England side, and that has been represented in the latest ICC Player Rankings.

Root is closing in on a career-best rating, and has moved up four places into 12th position in the one-day international batting rankings, where he joins Rohit Sharma.

Joe Root, left, and Eoin Morgan, right, are two batsmen who have moved up the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings

Buttler is also a big mover, breaking into the top 20 after his stunning 66-ball century was followed up with scores of 41 and 13 to climb nine places into 17th.

Eoin Morgan has also enjoyed a profitable series, hitting three successive half-centuries to leapfrog 11 places into 34th.

Two Black Caps are in the top 10. Kane Williamson’s form has continued and moves him above Shikhar Dhawan into sixth place, while Ross Taylor has achieved a career-high of eighth after back-to-back centuries.

In the bowling, Steven Finn is the only England player to make a significant move, rising into 13th after impressing in the three games so far, while Trent Boult jumps to second in the world.

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