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Tendulkar, Zaheer static in ICC Test rankings

Last updated on: July 25, 2012 11:53 IST

Tendulkar, Zaheer static in ICC Test rankings

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Veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan remained static at their respective 12th spots to be the highest-placed Indian cricketers in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Wednesday.

While Tendulkar is the only Indian in the top-20 of the batting list, Zaheer has company in the form of spinner Pragyan Ojha, who held on to his 20th spot, in the bowling chart.

Image: Sachin Tendulkar
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Kallis leads the charge of his country

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Meanwhile, South African Jacques Kallis led the charge of his country's batsmen up the rankings after his side's stunning innings and 12-run victory against England on Monday.

Kallis, who scored an unbeaten 182 and also took 2-38 in England's first innings, not only moved up two places in batting rankings to second place but also unseated Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh as the number one ranked Test all-rounder.

Kallis has also moved up one rung in the rankings for Test bowlers to 31st place.

Image: Hashim Amla of South Africa celebrates with Jacques Kallis
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Career best rating for Amla

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Hashim Amla's reward for his unbeaten 311, which wasSouth Africa's highest ever individual Test score, was not only the man-of-the-match award but also a jump of three places in the batting rankings.

His overall rating of 872 is a career best to date for Amla -- just two behind second-placed Kallis. Graeme Smith, South Africa's captain, moved up four places after his 131 in South Africa's mammoth 637-2 declared.

Smith is sixth in the batting table with AB de Villiers, who did not bat at The Oval, dropping to fifth because of the moves by Amla and Kallis.

Image: Hashim Amla of South Africa
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Steyn confirms his place at the top

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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakarra remained the top-ranked batsman and the only scant consolation for England was that Alastair Cook moved up one place to eighth -- courtesy his first innings 115.

In the rankings for bowlers, Dale Steyn's seven-wicket haul in the match -- including a second innings 5-56 -- confirmed his place at the top and edged him ever closer to the magical 900 point mark.

He has 896 -- just six short of his career best mark of 902 achieved against Sri Lanka at Centurion in 2011.

Image: Dale Steyn
Photographs: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

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