Ben Stokes tops ICC all-rounder rankings

Ben Stokes has moved to the top of the ICC Test all-rounder rankings for the first time.

Stokes scored 176 from 356 balls in the first innings of England's win in the second Test against the West Indies and then blasted an unbeaten 78 from 57 deliveries in their second to set up a declaration an hour into day five.

That has been enough to dislodge West Indies captain Jason Holder after 18 months as Stokes moved up six places to become the first Englishman to take the No 1 spot in the all-rounder rankings since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006.

His 497 points is the highest accumulated by any all-rounder since South Africa great Jacques Kallis aggregated 517 in April 2008.

Only Australia batsman Steve Smith and India captain Virat Kohli sit higher in the order than Stokes, with England captain Joe Root dropping one spot to ninth. Desk: Asianet Online