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England players make big gains in Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings

Bell, Root, Swann rewarded for match-winning efforts; Ryan Harris now at career-best 15th in bowling rankings

England players make big gains in Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings - Cricket News
The England team celebrates a wicket.
England players made big gains in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings, which were released on Monday, a day after Alastair Cook’s side won the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s by 347 runs.
 
The heroes of England’s win - Ian Bell and Joe Root with the bat, and Graeme Swann with the ball - were rewarded for their efforts with jumps in the latest rankings.
 
Bell, who won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award in 2006, is now in 11th position in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Batsmen, just three ratings points behind New Zealand’s Ross Taylor after jumping six spots.  A right-handed batsman, Bell made scores of 109 and 74 in the Lord’s Test.
 
England opener Root, who won the Player of the Match award for his 468-minute knock of 180, has moved up 21 places to 26th position. He is now the sixth England batsman inside the top 30.
 
Jonny Bairstow is now just outside the top 50 in 53rd spot after rising 12 places after making scores of 67 and 20.
 
The batting table is still headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla with West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place and AB de Villiers in third position.
 
Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Bowlers, James Anderson moved up one place to join Peter Siddle in fifth spot, and both the bowlers now trail fourth-placed Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan by 25 ratings points.
 
England off-spinner Swann, who ended with a match haul of nine for 122 in the Lord’s Test, has gained one place and is now seventh, just five ratings points behind Anderson and Siddle.
For Australia, Ryan Harris was the biggest mover, jumping 13 places to a career-best 15th following his spells of five for 72 and two for 31. Harris also achieved his career-best ratings of 649 in the Lord’s Test.
 
Other bowlers on the move include Tim Bresnan, who rose six places to 29th. England now has five bowlers inside the top 30.
 
South Africa’s Dale Steyn continues to head the bowlers’ table with teammate Vernon Philander in second place and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath in third position.
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 22 July, after second Ashes Test)

Batsmen
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking
1 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 903 52.11 903 v Pak at Centurion 2013
2 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 880 51.81 901 v NZ at Napier 2008
3 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 879 50.50 879 v Pak at Centurion 2013
4 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 866 56.98 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
5 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 827 51.58  900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
6 (+1) C Pujara Ind 777* 65.55 777 v Aus at Delhi 2013
7 (-1) Alastair Cook Eng 765 48.45 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
8 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 756 56.10 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
9 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 748 50.74 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
10 (+1) Ross Taylor NZ 724 42.21  785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012
11 (+6) Ian Bell Eng 721 46.58 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
11 (-1) Jonathan Trott Eng 721 48.72 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
13 (-1) Azhar Ali  Pak 713 42.26 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
14 ( - ) Graeme Smith SA 696 48.62 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
15 ( - ) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 687 43.19 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012
16 (-3) Kevin Pietersen     Eng 677 48.30 909 v WI at Headingley 2007
17 (-1) Matt Prior Eng 672 43.24 745 v NZ at Auckland 2013
18 ( - ) Marlon Samuels WI 663 37.39 672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
19 ( - ) M Jayawardena SL 639 49.56  883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
20 ( - ) Asad Shafiq Pak 639* 40.48 680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

Selected Rankings
 
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking
26 (+21) Joe Root Eng 605* 46.07 605 v Aus at Lord's 2013
44 (-1) Shane Watson Aus 514 34.92 729 v Eng at Perth 2010
49 (-4) Phillip Hughes Aus 474 32.65 599 v Eng at Lord's 2009
51 (-3) Brad Haddin Aus 466 34.69 637 v WI at Perth 2009
53 (+12) Jonny Bairstow Eng 457* 32.00 457 v Aus at Lord's 2013
62 (-10) Steven Smith Aus 423* 29.00 462 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2013
66 (+1) Stuart Broad Eng 406 25.32 505 v Ind at The Oval 2011

Bowlers
 
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking
1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 905 22.65 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
2 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 890* 17.13 890 v Pak at Centurion 2013
3 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 831 29.52 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012
4 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 819 27.60 847 v SA at Cape Town 2013
5 (+1) James Anderson Eng 794 29.66 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
5 ( - ) Peter Siddle Aus 794 28.58 807 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2013
7 (+1) Graeme Swann Eng 789 28.14 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010
8 (-1) R Ashwin Ind 757* 28.53 757 v Aus at Delhi 2013
9 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 715 29.97 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
10 (+1) Pragyan Ojha Ind 706 31.78 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012
11 (-2) Stuart Broad Eng 697 31.19 783 v WI at Lord's 2012
12 (+1) Abdur Rehman Pak 683* 28.40 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
13 (+1) Kemar Roach WI 682* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012
14 (-2) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 679* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012
15 (+13) Ryan Harris Aus 649* 22.48 649 v Eng at Lord's 2013
16 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 603 32.76 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
17 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 600 32.35 752 v SA at Durban 2010
18 (-3) Steven Finn Eng 598* 29.40 624 v NZ at Headingley 2013
19 (-1) Tim Southee NZ 597* 34.33 621 v Eng at Lord's 2013
20 (-1) Chris Martin NZ 576 33.81 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

Selected Rankings
 
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking
26 (-6) James Pattinson Aus 534* 26.42 573 v Ind at Hyderabad 2013
29 (+6) Tim Bresnan Eng 525* 31.36  657 v WI at Edgbaston 2012
37 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 462*  30.98 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

All-rounders
 
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking
1 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 374 616 v Pak at Durban 2002
2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 355 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
3 ( - ) R Ashwin   Ind 321*/*   333 v Aus at Hyderabad 2013
4 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 312*/* 312 v Pak at Centurion 2013
5 (+1) Stuart Broad Eng 283 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
6 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 794 327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

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