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Taylor and Warner achieve career-best rankings

Bravo on the charge while Clarke has the top two ranked South African batsmen firmly within his sights

Taylor and Warner achieve career-best rankings - Cricket News
David Warner of Australia has achieved his career-best ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor and Australia opener David Warner have achieved career-best rankings, while Darren Bravo of the West Indies has returned to the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were updated after the Adelaide and Dunedin Tests.
 
Taylor scored 217 and 16 not out against the West Indies for which he has been rewarded with a jump of five places that has put him in seventh position, while Warner’s 29 and 83 not out against England have given him lifted him three places to 14th spot.
 
Bravo scored 40 and 218 in Dunedin, which has helped him return to the top 20 in 15th position, rising 10 places. He has now become the second highest-ranked West Indies batsman after Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has slipped two places to fifth position.
 
Australia captain Michael Clarke is also on the move and has gained one place to third after scoring 148 in the first innings in Adelaide. For his contribution in the second Test, Clarke has been awarded 14 ratings points, which means he now trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers by 25 ratings points and second ranked Hashim Amla by 14 ratings points.
 
Other batsmen to head in the right direction include Joe Root in 26th (up by six places), Brendon McCullum in 32nd (up by two places), Brad Haddin in 34th (up by eight places) and Darren Sammy in 61st (up by five places).
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia’s Peter Siddle, Shane Shillingford of the West Indies, Mitchell Johnson of Australia and New Zealand’s Tim Southee are some of the bowlers who have improved their rankings.
 
Siddle has moved up one place to seventh after returning match figures of five for 91, Shillingford has gained one place and is now in 15th position after match figures of five for 164, Johnson’s haul of seven for 40 and one for 73 has provided him a boost of two places to 17th, and Southee has moved into 18th position after returning figures of six for 153.
 
Southee’s new ball partner Trent Boult has climbed four places to sit just outside the top 20 in 21st position after he recorded figures of three for 40 and two for 81.
 
Dale Steyn of South Africa leads the field with team-mate Vernon Philander in second spot and Sri Lanka’s spinner Rangana Herath in third place.
 
There is no change in the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders, which is headed by Ravichandaran Ashwin of India. England’s Stuart Broad is in fourth spot, Shane Watson of Australia is in sixth position, Sammy is ranked ninth and Southee is in 13th position.
 
The player rankings will next be updated after the conclusion of the third Test between Australia and England, which starts in Perth on Friday.
 
Reliance ICC Test Rankings (as of 10 December, after the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies, and the second Test between Australia and England)
 
Batsmen
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team    Pts       Ave      HS Rating
   1       ( - )       AB de Villiers    SA        909!     51.44   909 v Pak at Dubai 2013
   2       ( - )       Hashim Amla     SA        898       52.32   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   3       (+1)      Michael Clarke   Aus      884       52.58   900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
   4       (+1)      K.Sangakkara   SL        866       56.98   938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   5       (-2)       S.Chanderpaul  WI        863       51.58   901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   6       ( - )       C.Pujara                        Ind        801*!    65.50   801 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   7       (+5)      Ross Taylor      NZ        794!     45.55   794 v WI at Dunedin 2013
   8       (-1)       Misbah-ul-Haq   Pak      783!     46.03   783 v SA at Dubai 2013
   9       (-1)       Graeme Smith   SA        771       49.36   843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
  10       (-1)       Younus Khan    Pak      769       51.17   880 v SL at Lahore 2009
  11       ( - )       Ian Bell             Eng      738       46.49   822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  12       (+1)      Jacques Kallis   SA        704       55.44   935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
  13       (-3)       Alastair Cook    Eng      703       47.20   874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  14       (+3)      David Warner    Aus      690!     41.12   690 v Eng at Adelaide 2013
  15       (+10)     Darren Bravo     WI        685       46.67   709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012
  16       (-2)       Kevin Pietersen Eng      683       47.83   909 v WI at Headingley 2007
  17=     (-2)       Jonathan Trott   Eng      660       46.45   856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
            (-1)       Asad Shafiq      Pak      660*     39.11   680 v SA at Cape Town 2013
  19       (-1)       M.Jayawardene SL        639       49.56   883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
  20       ( - )       Virat Kohli         Ind        634*     41.16   648 v Aus at Mohali 2013
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team    Pts       Ave      HS Rating
  23       (-4)       M. Samuels       WI        617       36.28   672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
  26       (+6)      Joe Root                      Eng      606*!    40.59   606 v Aus at Adelaide 2013
  32       (+2)      B. McCullum     NZ        585       35.38   673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011
  34       (+8)      Brad Haddin      Aus      572       36.09   637 v WI at Perth 2009
  38       (-3)       Shane Watson   Aus      559       35.36   729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  45       ( - )       Steven Smith    Aus      513*     33.00   526 v Eng at The Oval 2013
  47       ( - )       Chris Rogers     Aus      486*     31.80   526 v Eng at Chester-le-St 2013
  48       ( - )       BJ Watling        NZ        477*!    34.84   477 v WI at Dunedin 2013
  56       (-5)       Kieran Powell    WI        442*     29.12   468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012
  61       (+5)      Darren Sammy  WI        426       22.73   452 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
  63       (+1)      Peter Fulton      NZ        412*     31.27   413 v Eng at Auckland 2013
  66       (+6)      H. Rutherford    NZ        408*     34.92   454 v Eng at Wellington 2013
  68       (RE)      Kirk Edwards    WI        398*     38.10   524 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012
  71       (-3)       Stuart Broad     Eng      383       24.30   505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  75       (+5)      N.Deonarine      WI        367*     28.16   401 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012
  83       (-5)       Mitchell Johnson           Aus      341       22.93   477 v Eng at Lord's 2009
  88       (-6)       Graeme Swann  Eng      328       22.08   418 v Ban at Chittagong 2010
  99       (-4)       Tim Southee      NZ        287       18.74   304 v Eng at Headingley 2013
 100      (+19)     M. Carberry       Eng      282*!    29.66   282 v Aus at Adelaide 2013
 
Bowlers
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team    Pts       Ave      HS Rating
  1        ( - )       Dale Steyn        SA        903       22.65   908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
   2       ( - )       V.Philander       SA        899*     17.50   901 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   3       ( - )       Rangana Herath SL        831       29.52   838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012
   4       ( - )       Saeed Ajmal     Pak      824       26.54   855 v Zim at Harare 2013
   5       ( - )       R. Ashwin         Ind        808!     27.47   808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   6       ( - )       Ryan Harris       Aus      792*     22.06   801 v Eng at Brisbane 2013
   7       (+1)      Peter Siddle      Aus      781       28.75   816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
   8       (-1)       Stuart Broad     Eng      764       30.21   783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   9       ( - )       Pragyan Ojha    Ind        756       30.26   773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012
  10       ( - )       James Anderson           Eng      710       30.38   813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
  11       (+1)      Abdur Rehman  Pak      703*     27.55   739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
  12       (+1)      Morne Morkel    SA        700       30.23   776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  13       (-3)       Graeme Swann  Eng      671       29.67   858 v Pak at Lord's 2010
  14       ( - )       Kemar Roach    WI        662*     27.71   712 v NZ at Kingston 2012
  15       (+1)      S.Shillingford    WI        652*!    31.39   652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013
  16       (-1)       Ben Hilfenhaus  Aus      646*     28.50   757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012
  17       (+2)      Mitchell Johnson           Aus      641       29.53   825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
  18       (+3)      Tim Southee      NZ        619*     33.74   621 v Eng at Lord's 2013
  19       (-2)       Shakib Al Hasan            Ban      614       32.60   680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
  20       (-2)       Nathan Lyon      Aus      595*     33.29   609 v Eng at Brisbane 2013
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team      Pts           Ave      HS Rating
  21       (+4)      Trent Boult        NZ        589*!    30.24   589 v WI at Dunedin 2013
  32       (+1)      Darren Sammy  WI        491*     35.75   568 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012
  36       (-1)       Monty Panesar  Eng      443       34.56   721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007
  38       (+1)      Shane Watson   Aus      424*     31.52   633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
  44       (+1)      Neil Wagner      NZ        383*!    37.50   383 v WI at Dunedin 2013
  45       (-1)       N.Deonarine      WI        382      *           28.65   391 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
  54       (+1)      Tino Best          WI        309*     40.28   419 v Ban at Khulna 2012
  70       (+1)      Marlon Samuels            WI        226*     52.14   250 v Zim at Dominica 2013
  81       (-20)      Shannon Gabriel            WI        182*     38.09   360 v Zim at Dominica 2013
  83       (+11)     Ish Sodhi          NZ        177*!    48.30   177 v WI at Dunedin 2013
  91       (+5)      Corey Anderson            NZ        147*!    23.75   147 v WI at Dunedin 2013
  96       (+5)      Steven Smith    Aus      118*     49.66   125 v Eng at Lord's 2013
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     (+/-)     Player              Team    Pts       HS Rating
  1        ( - )       R.Ashwin          Ind        419*/ !  419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   2       ( - )       Shakib Al Hasan            Ban      362      404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
   3       ( - )       Jacques Kallis   SA        332      616 v Pak at Durban 2002
   4       ( - )       Stuart Broad     Eng      293      382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
   5       ( - )       Vernon Philander           SA        283*/*  312 v Pak at Centurion 2013
 
* indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating
 
For information on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.
 
Notes to Editors:
 
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