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Tendulkar climbs, Dravid slips in Test rankings

Published: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 12:29 [IST]
 
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Sachin rises, Dravid slips; ICC rankings

Dubai, Dec 31: Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has climbed two places to be joint fourth but fellow veteran Rahul Dravid dropped out of the top 10 in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Friday.

Tendulkar, who scored a half century in the opening MCG Test defeat against Australia, shares the fourth spot with South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, while Dravid slipped to 11th after slipping two spots in the latest list, the ICC said in a release here.

Among the bowlers, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was the only Indian in the top-10 at an unchanged sixth position.

Among the Australians, fast bowler Peter Siddle, who took three for 63 and three for 42 in Australia's 122-run victory, jumped five places to seventh, where he is joined by Sri Lankan Rangana Herath.

Herath claimed match figures of nine for 128 which turned out to be the cornerstone of Sri Lanka's 208-run victory over South Africa on Thursday.

Australia fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson 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 the 31st spot.

There was good news for young India fast bowler Umesh Yadav and South Africa's debutant Marchant de Lange as well.

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

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

In the batsmen's top-50 list, 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) and Ricky Ponting (up by seven to 24th) are among those who have headed up.

Australia opener Ed Cowan has entered the list at the 61st position after making an impressive debut in Melbourne.

The batting list is headed by Kumar Sangakkara who became the eighth Sri Lanka batsman to score a zero and century in the same match in the second Test against South Africa.

PTI

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