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Trott and Anderson rise to second place in the world

599   //    26 Jul 2011, 14:17 IST

Dravid, Pietersen and Prior also surge up the rankings


England’s Jonathan Trott and James Anderson have risen to second place in the Reliance ICC Test Rankings following their side’s 196-run victory over India on Monday at Lord’s.

Trott has climbed two places, above India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, to second spot in the batting rankings, after his innings of 70 and 22 in the 2000th Test in history which was the opening game of the four-match series.

Anderson’s seven-wicket haul in the match, including his 11th five-wicket Test haul of 5-65 in the second innings, has seen him overtake teammate Graeme Swann in the bowling rankings, with a new career best ranking rating.

Kevin Pietersen, whose magnificent unbeaten double century earned him the Man of the Match Award, has returned to the top 20, climbing 14 places to joint 15th in the rankings alongside Rahul Dravid, who rose seven places following his unbeaten first innings hundred.

The other centurion in the match, England wicket-keeper Matt Prior, has also achieved a new career-best rating, rising 10 places to 21st, and is now on the brink of entering the world’s top twenty.

Chris Tremlett’s four wickets in the match have helped him to ninth place in the rankings, also achieving a new career best rating, while Stuart Broad climbs four places to join Harbhajan Singh, who falls four places, in joint 11th place. Board has also moved to fifth in the all-rounders ranking table.

India still has two bowlers in the top ten of the rankings, with Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma lying in fifth and seventh place respectively while in the batting top 10, along with Sachin Tendulkar,  India have VVS Laxman in seventh while Virender Sehwag, who missed the Lord’s Test through injury, has dropped to 10th.

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