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Bell, Anderson move up in rankings

Calcutta: Ian Bell and James Anderson, heroes of England’s 14-run win over Australia in the first Ashes Test, made impressive gains in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings released on Monday.

Bell, with scores of 25 and 109 at Trent Bridge, is back among the top 20 batsmen, jumping five places to 17th.

The other batsmen to move up in the latest rankings are Shane Watson, (43rd, up by two), Phil Hughes (45th, up by three), Brad Haddin (48th, up by two), Steven Smith (52nd, up by five), Jonny Bairstow (65 th, up by three) and Stuart Broad (67th, up by six).

Ashton Agar, who made his debut at Trent Bridge and created history by registering the highest-ever score in Tests by a No. 11 batsman, has also entered the list having occupied the 60th place.

The table is still headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies in second place, followed by South Africa’s captain in the shorter version AB de Villiers in the third position.

Anderson, on the other hand, was rewarded for his match-winning haul of 10 for 158. He has risen to sixth in the rankings for bowlers.

James Pattinson re-entered the top 20 list, jumping three places to be placed at the 20 th spot. Mitchell Starc has moved up 10 places to 44 th. Dale Steyn continues to top the table. Ravichandran Ashwin, at seventh, is the only among India bowlers to find a place among the top 10.

Rankings

Batsmen: 1. H. Amla (SA), 2. S. Chanderpaul (WI), 3. AB de Villiers (SA); 4. K. Sangakkara; 5. M. Clarke (Aus); 6. A. Cook (Eng); 7. C. Pujara (Ind); 8. J. Kallis (SA); 9. Y. Khan (Pak); 10. J. Trott (Eng)

Bowlers: 1. D. Steyn (SA); 2. V. Philander (SA); 3. R. Herath (SL); 4. S. Ajmal (Pak); 5. P. Siddle (Aus); 6. J. Anderson (Eng); 7. R. Ashwin (Ind); 8. G. Swann (Eng); 9. M. Morkel (SA); S. Broad (Eng)