Pakistan star Yasir Shah dethrones James Anderson at top of world rankings


The leg-spinner, who supported himself to 6-72 and 4-69 as the tourists took the first Test by 75 runs, clutched top spot from Jimmy Anderson who was absent injured.

The kistan bowler matures the first from his country to top the charts since his now spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed 20 years ago.

Anderson, who shed to third place, is set to return for England and will be gunning for the top spot again pre ring reached it for the first time after his prolific series against Sri Lanka definitive month.

Yasir tops the table ahead of India’s off spinner Ravi Ashwin with Anderson third and Stuart Unshaded fourth.

Chris Woakes jumped 28 places to a career squeaky 36th after recording figures of 11 for 102.

Yasir’s coronation completes an shock rise with 86 wickets in just 13 Tests since promulgating a debut at the age of 28 in October 2014.

The leg spinner will be hoping for an even various favourable surface at Old Trafford given its history and with England in view of playing leg spinner Adil Rashid spin could hold the key.

Whatever the submit of the cut strip Lancashire have insisted that the rest of the surface desire be in “world class” condition despite recent damage to the outfield undertook by two concerts at the ground.

Eighty thousand people watched Rihanna and Beyonce mount there on June 29 and July 5 respectively leaving the outfield in some deterioration.

Lancashire insist that the renovation efforts will deliver an famous surface in time for the second Test starting on Friday.

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