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Reliance ICC Test Bowlers Rankings: Trent Boult moves up; Dale Steyn retains top spot

Ned Walters
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Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka with Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval on December 28, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, New Zealand’s Trent Boult returned match figures of four for 130 runs to help his side to victory over Sri Lanka and improve his ranking by one place to sixth on 795 points, nine adrift of Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.

India’s Mohammed Shami has risen seven places to a career-high 31st place after taking match figures of six for 145 runs, while Australia’s Mitchell Starc has moved up nine places to 33rd after returning five wickets for 142 runs.

Amongst the other bowlers from the Sydney Test are Australia duo Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood, up to 38th and a career-high 46threspectively.

New Zealand’s Doug Bracewell has moved up nine places to 39th, with Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal moving up two places to a career-high 48th. South Africa’s Dale Steyn still heads the bowling rankings and holds a commanding 79 points lead over second-placed Ryan Harris.

Rank Player Country Points
1 Dale Steyn South Africa 905
2 Ryan Harris Australia 826
3 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 807
4 James Anderson England 806
5 Mitchell Johnson Australia 804
6 Trent Boult New Zealand 795
7 Vernon Philander South Africa 780
8 Stuart Broad England 774
9 Kemar Roach  West Indies 759
10 Tim Southee New Zealand 743


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