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Siddle, Herath achieve career-best rankings
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Siddle, Herath achieve career-best rankings

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Dubai, Dec 30 (IBNS) Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle and Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath have achieved career-best rankings in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers after good performances in the Melbourne and Durban Tests, respectively which finished on Thursday.


Siddle, who took three for 63 and three for 42 in Australia’s 122-run victory over India, has jumped five places to seventh position where he is joined by Herath who has claimed six spots after recording match figures of nine for 128 which turned out to be the cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s 208-run victory over South Africa.

Australia fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson, and Sri Lanka seamer Chanaka Welegedara have also moved in the right direction.

Hilfenhaus, who took five for 75 and two for 39, has gained seven spots in the rankings and now sits just outside the top 20 in 22nd position, man of the match Pattinson has been rewarded for match figures of six for 108 with a jump of five places which puts him in 31st spot while Welegedara has moved from 35th to 29th position after match figures of five for 85.

There is something to cheer for India fast bowler Umesh Yadav and South Africa’s debutant Marchant de Lange.

Yadav has moved up five places to 42nd spot after figures of three for 106 and four for 70 while de Lange has entered in 51st position after figures of seven for 81 and one for 45.

The bowling list is still headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

There is plenty of reshuffle in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Jacques Kallis’ first pair in an illustrious 149-Test career means he has slipped from second to fourth where he is joined by India’s iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar who has gained two places after scores of 73 and 32.

Other batsmen inside the top 50 and making upward movements include Hashim Amla (up by three to seventh), Thilan Samaraweera (up by three to 13th), Mike Hussey (up by one to 16th), Virender Sehwag (up by one to 18th), Ricky Ponting (up by seven to 24th), Tillekeratne Dilshan (up by one to 33rd) and Prasanna Jayawardena (up by one to 48th).

Sri Lanka’s middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal and Australia opener Ed Cowan have entered in 54th and 61st positions, respectively after making impressive debuts.

The batting list is headed by Kumar Sangakkara who became the eighth Sri Lanka batsman to score a zero and century in the same Test. Other Sri Lanka batsmen to achieve the rare distinction include Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Hashan Tillekeratne, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardena and Prasanna Jayawardena.

Reliance ICC Test Rankings (as on 30 December, after Melbourne and Durban Tests)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
1 ( - ) K. Sangakkara SL 863 56.23 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
2 (+1) Alastair Cook Eng 823 49.72 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
3 (+1) Ian Bell Eng 822! 49.28 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
4= (+2) S.Tendulkar Ind 796 56.00 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
(-2) Jacques Kallis SA 796 56.24 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
6 (-1) Younus Khan Pak 789 53.03 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
7 (+3) Hashim Amla SA 777 47.32 842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010
8= ( - ) Jonathan Trott Eng 776* 57.79 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
(-1) AB de Villiers SA 776 47.91 810 v Ind at Centurion 2010
10 (+1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 770 50.48 909 v WI at Headingley 2007
11 (-2) Rahul Dravid Ind 768 53.11 892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005
12 (+1) S.Chanderpaul WI 766 49.28 901 v NZ at Napier 2008
13 (+3) T.Samaraweera SL 750 52.64 766 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2011
14 (-2) Graeme Smith SA 743 49.64 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
15 ( - ) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 730 46.34 735 v SL at Sharjah 2011
16 (+1) Mike Hussey Aus 725 50.33 921 v WI at Kingston 2008
17 (-3) VVS Laxman Ind 698 46.64 781 v WI at Dominica 2011
18 (+1) Virender Sehwag Ind 690 51.96 866 v SL at Galle 2010
19 (+1) Darren Bravo WI 683*! 52.50 683 v Ind at Mumbai 2011
20= (-2) Michael Clarke Aus 679 45.81 855 v Eng at Headingley 2009
(+1) Matt Prior Eng 679 44.71 692 v Ind at Trent Bridge 2011
(+1) Ross Taylor NZ 679 40.81 775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
24 (+7) Ricky Ponting Aus 635 52.36 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006
25 (-2) M.Jayawardena SL 633 50.72 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
31 (-4) G.Gambhir Ind 589 46.67 886 v SL at Kanpur 2009
33 (+1) T.Dilshan SL 569 40.88 700 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
34 (-3) Ashwell Prince SA 567 41.64 756 v Pak at Centurion 2007
36 (-1) MS Dhoni Ind 549 37.75 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
37 ( - ) Angelo Mathews SL 547* 40.46 582 v Pak at Dubai 2011
39 (-1) Brad Haddin Aus 532 35.54 637 v WI at Perth 2009
42 (-2) N.T.P’thana SL 514 33.54 547 v Pak at Sharjah 2011
48 (+1) P.Jayawardena SL 475 31.88 504 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2011
50 (-3) Mark Boucher SA 470 30.20 566 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2010
54 (NEW) D.Chandimal SL 435*! 56.00 435 v SA at Durban 2011
61 (NEW) Ed Cowan Aus 383*! 38.00 383 v Ind at Melbourne 2011
63 (-3) David Warner Aus 377* 48.75 387 v NZ at Hobart 2011
82 (-20) Shaun Marsh Aus 312* 41.00 427 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2011
86 (+2) Peter Siddle Aus 284 ! 16.32 284 v Ind at Melbourne 2011
88 (+16) R.Ashwin Ind 281*! 36.40 281 v Aus at Melbourne 2011
89 (+1) Rangana Herath SL 279! 16.80 279 v SA at Durban 2011
96 (+4) Dale Steyn SA 255! 15.77 255 v SL at Durban 2011


Bowlers (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating
1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 898 22.90 902 v SL at Centurion 2011
2 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 811 30.57 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
3 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 755 28.82 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010
4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 744! 32.00 744 v Ind at The Oval 2011
5 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 731 30.18 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
6 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 722 31.45 752 v SA at Durban 2010
7= (+6) Rangana Herath SL 681! 33.71 681 v SA at Durban 2011
(+5) Peter Siddle Aus 681*! 30.78 681 v Ind at Melbourne 2011
9 (-2) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 678* 31.33 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
10 (-2) Daniel Vettori NZ 654 33.67 681 v Aus at Auckland 2000
11 (-2) Saeed Ajmal Pak 645* 30.16 651 v Ban at Chittagong 2011
12 (-2) Tim Bresnan Eng 623*! 23.60 623 v Ind at The Oval 2011
13 (-2) Chris Tremlett Eng 619* 25.67 638 v Ind at Lord's 2011
14 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 603* 28.01 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
15 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 601 31.29 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
16 ( - ) Chris Martin NZ 598 34.46 643 v Eng at Lord's 2004
17 (+1) Umar Gul Pak 594 33.24 627 v WI at Karachi 2006
18 (-1) Pragyan Ojha Ind 589* 34.62 595 v WI at Mumbai 2011
19 ( - ) Abdur Rehman Pak 586*! 30.98 586 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
20 ( - ) Harbhajan Singh Ind 577 32.22 765 v NZ at Wellington 2002

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating
21 ( - ) Ishant Sharma Ind 569 35.97 671 v WI at Dominica 2011
22 (+7) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 564 *! 32.58 564 v Ind at Melbourne 2011
27 (-1) Ryan Harris Aus 540 * 21.37 562 v SA at Cape Town 2011
28 (-1) Vernon Philander SA 517 * 12.37 522 v SL at Centurion 2011
29 (+6) C.Welegedara SL 492 *! 37.73 492 v SA at Durban 2011
31 (+5) James Pattinson Aus 467 *! 15.20 467 v Ind at Melbourne 2011
34 (-4) Jacques Kallis SA 458 32.74 742 v Eng at Headingley 2003
35 (-2) R.Ashwin Ind 419 * 24.80 436 v WI at Mumbai 2011
38 (+3) Dilhara Fernando SL 403 * 37.75 543 v Ban at Colombo (PSS) 2007
42 (+5) Umesh Yadav Ind 385 *! 22.93 385 v Aus at Melbourne 2011
48 (-4) Nathan Lyon Aus 314 * 27.47 356 v NZ at Hobart 2011
51 (NEW) Marchant de Lange SA 299 *! 15.75 299 v SL at Durban 2011
58 ( - ) T.Dilshan SL 255 *! 39.93 255 v SA at Durban 2011
66 (-1) Virender Sehwag Ind 198 * 44.58 320 v Aus at Delhi 2008
67 (+8) Imran Tahir SA 178 *! 39.44 178 v SL at Durban 2011
75 (-1) Sachin Tendulkar Ind 136 * 54.33 235 v Aus at Kolkata 2001
79 (-6) Mike Hussey Aus 123 * 29.66 140 v NZ at Hobart 2011
80 (+9) Thisara Perera SL 118 *! 53.00 118 v SA at Durban 2011
81 (-2) Trent Boult NZ 116 *! 20.00 116 v Aus at Hobart 2011
82 (-3) Michael Clarke Aus 114 * 37.47 265 v NZ at Wellington 2005
91 (-1) Angelo Mathews SL 79 * 64.85 110 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2009

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 404 /*! 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
2 (+1) Daniel Vettori NZ 385 412 v Pak at Napier 2009
3 (+2) Stuart Broad Eng 376! 376 v Ind at The Oval 2011
4 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 371 /* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011
5 (-3) Jacques Kallis SA 365 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating



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