Hayden closes the gap with Lara and Dravid

Published: Thursday, July 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Matthew Hayden's two centuries during the two-Test series against Sri Lanka have helped the Aussie opener close the gap with West Indies' Brian Lara and Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid.

Although Hayden remains in the third place behind Lara and Dravid, he is now just seven points adrift of the Indian, according to the PriwaterhouseCooper (PwC) Test ratings released.

Among bowlers, comeback man Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have shot to fifth and sixth places respectively in the table headed by world's highest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan despite missing the series which Lanka lost 1-0.

In the PwC One-day ratings, New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming has made his first ever foray into top ten batsmen after his performance in the recent NatWest Series that the Kiwis won after defeating West Indies.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Indian batting genius Sachin Tendulkar are one-two in the list.

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