JAMES Anderson and Jonathan Trott have moved to the No 2 spot in the latest ICC rankings after England’s success at Lord’s.
Anderson, who took 5-65 as England grabbed a 1-0 lead in the four-match series, leapfrogs teammate Graeme Swann to go to No 2, his highest ever ranking.
Trott, who made 70 and 22 and currently has a Test average of 65 that is the second highest of all-time, has gone ahead of Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakarra.
Kevin Pietersen’s unbeaten 202 which earned him the Man of the Match award from Lord’s, has seen him go back into the top 20.
Anderson is joined in the latest top ten by the others in the England pace attack, Stuart Broad who is fifth and Chris Tremlett in at ninth.
Meanwhile, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admits his side cannot afford to gamble with the fitness of key bowler Zaheer Khan if he is not fully fit for the Second Test which starts at Trent Bridge on Friday.
The 32-year-old faces a race against time to be fit after suffering a hamstring strain.
Dhoni admitted the loss of Zaheer was critical and does not intend to risk the same thing happening again in Nottingham.
Left-armer Zaheer is India’s top seamer and his new-ball battle against the England openers is reckoned to be a key factor in the series.
He dismissed both Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook in the first innings but then suffered the hamstring strain and remains doubtful.