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Dravid third in ICC Test rankings

Last updated on: March 15, 2006 00:43 IST

India are poised to surpass England as the No. 2 team, while match-winning performers Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble moved up the batting charts in the ICC Test rankings after the nine-wicket victory over England at Mohali on Monday.

Dravid's double of 95 and 42 not out, which played a key role in his side's success in the second cricket Test, lifted him three spots and put him behind Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis in the latest rankings for Test batsmen, announced on Tuesday.

Sachin Tendulkar slipped three places, to 15th, after his solitary innings of four at Mohali, while Virender Sehwag, whose unbeaten 76 secured his side's victory on Monday, remained in 10th place.

Kumble is now the leading Indian bowler after his 9-146, including the record 500th wicket, eased him up one place to 12th and saw him overtake Irfan Pathan.

The left-arm fast bowler has slipped two positions to 13th but he has strengthened his hold on fourth spot in the all-rounder's list and is now within striking distance of South Africa's Shaun Pollock.

For England, the Mohali defeat means they have to win the final Test to retain their position as the second-placed side in the ICC Test Championship table and anything less than victory will see India overtake them.

Their players are also under pressure in the player rankings.

A twin failure for Andrew Strauss in Mohali has seen him slip four places to 21st in the batting list and that means England's only representative in the top 20 is the unavailable Marcus Trescothick, in ninth position.

Kevin Pietersen, who scored a first-innings half-century in the Test loss, holds firm in 24th spot, while acting captain Andrew Flintoff is up six places to 26th after a double of 70 and 51 in a losing cause.

Ian Bell is up seven spots to 44th, his highest career ranking to date.

Flintoff is also on his way up in the bowling list, rising one place to seventh position in the LG ICC Player Rankings for bowlers after taking four wickets in Mohali, and although he remains in second spot in the all-rounder's table, he has also picked up rating points in his quest to overhaul Jacques Kallis.

Latest ICC Test Championship rankings:

1 Australia, 2 England, 3 India, 4 Pakistan, 5 New Zealand, 6 South Africa, 7 Sri Lanka, 8 West Indies, 9 Zimbabwe, 10 Bangladesh.

LG ICC Test Rankings

Ahead of the first Test of the South Africa – Australia series

Batsmen

Rank      Player                    Team      Points                    Avge       HS Ranking

   1           Ricky Ponting       Aus        922          57.71      922 v SA at Sydney 2006

   2           Jacques Kallis       SA          888          57.24      896 v Eng at Cape Town 2005

   3           Rahul Dravid         Ind          860          58.16      892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005

   4           Matthew Hayden Aus        858          54.17      935 v Eng at Brisbane 2002

   5           Inzamam-ul-Haq   Pak          857          51.72      870 v Eng at Lahore 2005

   6           Brian Lara              WI          834          53.37      911 v SA at Cape Town 2004

   7           Younis Khan         Pak          808          48.43      823 v Ind at Faisalabad 2006

   8           Moh'd Yousuf      Pak          794          50.75      798 v Ind at Faisalabad 2006

   9           M.E.Trescothick   Eng         753          45.47      818 v Pak at Multan 2005

  10          Virender Sehwag  Ind          742          53.66      854 v SA at Kolkata 2004

  11          M.Jayawardene    SL           699          47.88      836 v Eng at Birmingham 2002

  12          H.H.Gibbs              SA          692          46.82      825 v WI at Centurion 2004

  13          Adam Gilchrist      Aus        687          50.18      874 v SA at Cape Town 2002

  14          Justin Langer        Aus        686          45.72      780 v SA at Sydney 2002

  15          S.R.Tendulkar       Ind          685          55.79      898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

  16          S.Chanderpaul      WI          684          45.47      811 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2005

  17          Damien Martyn    Aus        676          47.96      848 v NZ at Wellington 2005

  18          Graeme Smith        SA          674          51.54      756 v NZ at Wellington 2004

  19          K.C.Sangakkara    SL           656          46.31      813 v Pak at Lahore 2002

  20          Mike Hussey        Aus        652*       80.00      652 v SA at Sydney 2006

 

Bowlers

Rank      Player                    Team      Points                    Avge       HS Ranking

   1           M.Muralidaran     SL           854          22.35      915 v Pak at Lahore 2002

   2           Glenn McGrath     Aus        853          21.55      914 v Eng at The Oval 2001

   3           Shane Warne        Aus        842          25.15      905 v Eng at Melbourne 1994

   4           Matt'w Hoggard  Eng         779          29.37      779 v Ind at Mohali 2006

   5=         Makhaya Ntini      SA          778          29.22      807 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2005

                Shane Bond          NZ          778*       20.49      778 v WI at Auckland 2006

   7           Andrew Flintoff    Eng         768          31.71      810 v Pak at Multan 2005

   8           Shoaib Akhtar      Pak          766          25.69      855 v NZ at Wellington 2003

   9           Andre Nel              SA          763*       26.22      763 v Aus at Sydney 2006

  10          Chaminda Vaas     SL           760          28.81      800 v Ind at Chennai 2005

  11          Shaun Pollock       SA          742          22.76      909 v Eng at Johannesburg 1999

  12          Anil Kumble          Ind          731          28.79      859 v SL at Bangalore 1994

  13          Irfan Pathan          Ind          708*       29.78      761 v SL at Delhi 2005

  14          Steve Harmison    Eng         667          29.03      875 v WI at The Oval 2004

  15          Danish Kaneria     Pak          662          31.61      723 v Eng at Multan 2005

  16          Shabbir Ahmed    Pak          615*       23.03      647 v Eng at Multan 2005

  17          Daniel Vettori        NZ          606          34.50      681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

  18          Jason Gillespie      Aus        604          26.61      812 v NZ at Adelaide 2004

  19          Brett Lee                Aus        599          31.85      658 v WI at Perth 2000

  20=        Simon Jones          Eng         594*       28.22      631 v Aus at Nottingham 2005

                Corey Collymore  WI          594*       31.36      600 v Aus at Adelaide 2005

                Stuart MacGill       Aus        594          27.95      728 v WI at Kingston 1999

LG ICC Test all-rounder rankings

Rank      Player                    Country                 Points

   1           Jacques Kallis                       SA          496                                        

   2           Andrew Flintoff                    Eng         469                                        

   3           Shaun Pollock                       SA          340                                        

   4           Irfan Pathan                          Ind          317         */*                         

   5           Daniel Vettori                        NZ          279                                        

 

* denotes provisional ranking.