Kevin Pietersenâ€™s superb 142 in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston has lifted him to a career-best tenth spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. Pietersen had moved into the top 20 only a couple of weeks back after his 158 in the first Test at Lordâ€™s. England now have three batsmen in the top 20 â€” Marcus Trescothick is in 11th place â€” down one slot â€” while Andrew Strauss is in 15th. Among the bowlers, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff remain in fifth and sixth positions, though Hoggardâ€™s tally of 795 points is his highest ever. It was a forgettable match for Sri Lanka, though Muttiah Muralitharan further strengthened his position at the top of the bowlersâ€™ list with a match haul of 10 for 115. Kumar Sangakkara slipped two places to No.13 while Mahela Jayawardene dropped five slots to No.18 after disappointing performances with the bat. Michael Vandortâ€™s hundred helped him break into the top 100 â€” he moved up 47 places to 78th.
ICC ratings for batsmen: 1 Ricky Ponting 931. 2 Rahul Dravid 842. 3 Jacques Kallis 832. 4 Inzamam-ul-Haq 831. 5 Matthew Hayden 808. 6 Brian Lara 800. 7 Younis Khan 796. 8= Mohammad Yousuf 780. 8= Michael Hussey 780. 10 Kevin Pietersen 766.
ICC ratings for bowlers: 1 Muttiah Muralitharan 884. 2 Makhaya Ntini 841. 3 Shane Warne 813. 4 Glenn McGrath 811. 5 Matthew Hoggard 795. 6 Andrew Flintoff 758. 7 Shoaib Akhtar 751. 8 Anil Kumble 731. 9 Shane Bond 720. 10 Chaminda Vaas 716.
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