Dravid, Sehwag snub Aussies in PWC ratings

Published: Saturday, December 4, 2004, 17:15 [IST]
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London:India's Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag topped the latest international batting ratings but it was Australia which swept the honours with all its seven top-order batsmen featuring in the top 30.

According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers official ratings released today, the Indian duo kept the top two places in the batting rankings after their team completed a 1-0 series win over South Africa yesterday.

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis climbed two spots to tie with Brian Lara on third.

Among the Australians, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn were in the top 10, with Adam Gilchrist at No. 15 and Justin Langer climbing seven places to 19th after averaging 98.33 in the two-Test series against New Zealand which the Aussies won 2-0. Darren Lehmann was 27th and Michael Clarke 28th.

"Even the great West Indies side of the 1980s didn't have such a dominant top seven," PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement.

In the bowling rating, South Africa's Shaun Pollock, who yesterday became only the fifth player to have scored 3,000 runs and taken 300 Test wickets, dropped out of the top three bowling rankings for the first time in more than six years.

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