Mitchell, Blundell and Leach achieve their best career ICC Test rankings
Mitchell and Blundell, who have been involved in partnerships of the century in all three tests in the series, are now both in the top 20
New Zealanders Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell achieved career-best Test finishes in 12th and 20th respectively after record performances against England. On the bowling front, England left-arm spinner Jack Leach also improved on his previous best and finished 25th.
New Zealand batting pair Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have achieved career-best positions in the men's ICC Test player rankings, as has England spinner Jack Leach after outstanding performances in the third game of their ICC Test World Championship series in Leeds.
Mitchell and Blundell, who have been involved in partnerships of the century in all three Tests in the series, are now both in the top 20. Mitchell's scores of 109 and 56 take him four places to 12th, while Blundell's shots of 55 and 88 don't lifted him 11 places to 20th place.
Mitchell gained four spots after cracking a century in each of the three Tests. He finished the series by far the best run-getter with 538 runs - a record total for New Zealand in a three-Test series. Blundell rose 11 spots with 383 runs.
The pair were a constant thorn in England's side, scoring 724 runs in partnership - the record for any New Zealand duo in a Test series. They were also the first couple to put together four-century partnerships for New Zealand in a series.
Leach moved up 13 places after picking up his first ten-wicket maul haul with numbers of 10 for 166 in the third Test at Headingley.
Bairstow registered scores of 136, 162 and 71, not falling out in consecutive innings across the Trent Bridge and Headingley Tests. Along the way he scored England's second-fastest Tests with hundred, 150 and fifty.
The MRF Tires ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings, updated after beating India 2-0 in the two-game Ireland-India series, see Irishman Harry Tector move up 55 places with 39 and 64 non-fancy points and finished 66th among batters.
Indian brawlers Deepak Hooda and Sanju Sampson have made great strides despite being outside the top 100. Hooda has galloped 414 places to 104th after batting 47 and 104, while Samson gained 57 places to hit 77 in the second match for 144th.
In the list of bowlers, Harshal Patel has moved up from 37th to 33rd and Mark Adair from 45th to 43rd.