India’s iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar has gained two places but fellow veteran Rahul Dravid dropped out of the top 10 in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Tendulkar, who scored a half century in the opening MCG Test, shared the fourth spot with South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, while Dravid slipped to 11th position.
Other batsmen inside the top 50 and making upward movements include 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), Ricky Ponting (up by seven to 24th), Tillekeratne Dilshan (up by one to 33rd) and Prasanna Jayawardena (up by one to 48th).
Sri Lanka’s middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal and Australia opener Ed Cowan have entered in 54th and 61st positions, respectively after making impressive debuts.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle and Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath have achieved career-best rankings.
Siddle, who took three for 63 and three for 42 in Australia’s 122-run victory over India, has jumped five places to seventh position where he is joined by Herath who has claimed six spots after recording match figures of nine for 128.
Australia fast bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson, and Sri Lanka seamer Chanaka Welegedara 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 31st spot while Welegedara has moved from 35th to 29th position after match figures of five for 85.
India fast bowler Umesh Yadav has moved up five places to 42nd spot after figures of three for 106 and four for 70.
South Africa’s debutant Marchant de Lange has entered in 51st position after figures of seven for 81 and one for 45.