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Cook closes in on number one batting spot

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Dubai, Dec 9 (IBNS): England captain Alastair Cook jumped one place to fourth and now has a career-best 874 ratings points, in the latest Reliance ICC Test rankings for batsmen following England’s seven wicket win against India in Kolkata.


Cook's rankings were announced on Sunday after the Kolkata Test, in which he was named man-of-the match.

Cook is now just five ratings points adrift of the number-one ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul, following his first innings knock of 190 in the Kolkata Test.

It means the top four batsmen in the table are separated by just five ratings points and both Cook and second-placed Australia captain Michael Clarke have the chance to gain the top spot, as they both have further Test matches in the coming week.

Cook faces India in the fourth and final Test from Dec 13 at Nagpur, while Clarke will lead Australia against Sri Lanka from Dec 14 in Hobart.

Apart from Cook, the other major mover on the table among England batsmen is Jonathan Trott who is back in the top 20. Trott has moved up four places to 18th.

Virender Sehwag in 23rd (up by one), Gautam Gambhir in 35th (up by one), Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 38th (up by one) and Nick Compton in 85th (up by 21) are the other batsmen to make strides following the Kolkata Test.

Kevin Pietersen in ninth (down by one), Ian Bell in 21st (down by three), Cheteshwar Pujara in 25th (down by four) and Yuvraj Singh in 71st (down by two) are some of the other changes in the Reliance ICC batting rankings.

The Reliance ICC Test ranking for bowlers continue to be headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, followed by Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Vernon Philander, Steyn’s South Africa team-mate, who share second place.

England paceman James Anderson has moved up three places to seventh while team-mate Monty Panesar, who took five wickets in the Kolkata Test, has moved up two places to 27th.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has made an all-round improvement in the latest rankings. He has moved up 17 places to 50th in the batting table, gone up two places to 22nd in the bowling table and is now seventh in the all-rounders' table (up by two).

The all-rounders' table is headed by South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, followed closely by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. England's Graeme Swann has moved up a place to be jointly ranked fifth with teammate Stuart Broad.

The player rankings will now be updated after the Nagpur and Hobart Tests.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on Dec 9 after the Kolkata Test)

Batsmen


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking



1 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 879 51.67 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

2 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 878 51.72 890 v SA at Adelaide 2012

3 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 875 50.69 876 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

4 (+1) Alastair Cook Eng 874! 50.02 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

5 (-1) K Sangakkara SL 848 55.89 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

6 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 823 56.92 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

7 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 808 49.11 821 v Eng at The Oval 2012

8 (+1) Ross Taylor NZ 785! 43.57 785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

9 (-1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 771 49.56 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

10 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 761 51.69 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

11 ( - ) Azhar Ali Pak 753! 45.27 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

12 ( - ) Graeme Smith SA 749 49.53 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

13 ( - ) Mike Hussey Aus 728 50.44 921 v WI at Kingston 2008

14 ( - ) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 720 45.68 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

15 ( - ) T Samaraweera SL 703 50.78 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012

16 ( - ) Matt Prior Eng 689 43.01 698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

17 ( - ) M Jayawardena SL 682 50.18 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

18 (+4) Jonathan Trott Eng 671 47.98 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

19 (-1) Sachin Tendulkar Ind 669 54.50 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

20 ( - ) Marlon Samuels WI 668! 37.36 668 v Ban at Khulna 2012


Selected Rankings
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking



21 (-3) Ian Bell Eng 664 46.13 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

23 (+1) Virender Sehwag Ind 646 50.34 866 v SL at Galle 2010

25 (-4) C Pujara Ind 629* 61.25 665 v Eng at Mumbai 2012

35 (+1) Gautam Gambhir Ind 577 44.26 886 v SL at Kanpur 2009

38 (+1) Mahendra Dhoni Ind 533 37.46 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

41 (-3) Virat Kohli Ind 523* 35.81 589 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

50 (+17) R Ashwin Ind 469*! 43.61 469 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

71 (-2) Yuvraj Singh Ind 381 33.92 506 v Pak at Karachi 2006

75 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 365 22.85 418 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

85 (+21) Nick Compton Eng 320*! 42.75 320 v Ind at Kolkata 2012


Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking



1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 880 23.79 902 v SL at Centurion 2011

2= ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 838! 29.67 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

( - ) Vernon Philander SA 838* 17.98 852 v Eng at Lord's 2012

4 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 832 27.09 836 v SL at Galle 2012

5 ( - ) Pragyan Ojha Ind 773*! 30.45 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

6 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 748 29.18 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010

7= (+3) James Anderson Eng 745 30.53 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

( - ) Morne Morkel SA 745 30.20 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

9 (-1) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 744* 28.48 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

10 (-1) Peter Siddle Aus 733 29.89 768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

11 ( - ) Abdur Rehman Pak 704* 28.40 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12 ( - ) Kemar Roach WI 698* 27.69 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

13 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 663 31.93 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

14 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 641 32.53 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

15 (-1) Zaheer Khan Ind 631 32.35 752 v SA at Durban 2010

16 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 617* 28.22 621 v SA at Lord's 2012

17 ( - ) Chris Martin NZ 604 33.97 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18 ( - ) Umar Gul Pak 584 33.66 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

19 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 572*! 35.04 572 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

20 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 571 31.17 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking



22 (+2) R Ashwin Ind 566* 31.28 595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

27 (+2) Monty Panesar Eng 526 32.33 721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007

33 ( - ) Ishant Sharma Ind 487 38.17 671 v WI at Dominica 2011


All-rounders
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking



1 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 388 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 387 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 314/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

4 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 296 412 v Pak at Napier 2009

5 (+1) Graeme Swann Eng 273 327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

6 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 273 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

7 (+2) R Ashwin Ind 265*/*! 265 v Eng at Kolkata 2012



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