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Harris makes it to Top 3 in bowling

Dubai, Jan 6 : Ryan Harris, star of Australia's 281-runs win over England in the fifth and final Test at Sydney, has moved up two places to a career-best third in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers released on Monday.


Harris' match haul of eight for 61, not only helped him claim the player of the match award, but also led his side to a 5-0 series whitewash.

Over the course of the Ashes series, Harris moved up three places. He gained as many as 80 ratings points from his match-winning performance in Sydney to end with a career-best 866.

Harris at third position is now the highest-ranked bowler from Australia, with South Africa's Vernon Philander still topping the bowlers' table and Dale Steyn in second place.

The other Australia bowler to star in the Ashes triumph, Mitchell Johnson, has also continued his upward movement on the table. Winner of the LG ICC Cricketer of the Year Award in 2009, he has jumped three places to eighth to make a return to the top 10.

Johnson, named player of the series for picking 37 wickets, made an impressive return to Test cricket jumping as many as 14 places during the course of the series.

Overall, Australia now has three bowlers in the top 10, with Peter Siddle retaining his sixth place.

For England, Stuart Broad continues to be the only bowler in the top 10, at 10th, down by one. In the top 20, James Anderson retains his 15th place, while Australia's Nathan Lyon is now at 18th (down by one).

Outside the top 20 England's Ben Stokes has continued his impressive run, rocketing as many as 36 places to 57th following his match haul of eight for 161, which included his best figures of six for 99.

Meanwhile, Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has jumped 10 places to a best-ever 12th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Rogers, who scored 119 in the second innings of the Sydney Test, moved up as many as 32 places during the course of the series.

The other centurion in the Sydney Test, Steven Smith, who stroked 115 in the first innings, has jumped 20 places to a best-ever 21st. Brad Haddin, on the other hand, moved up eight places to 23rd as he ended as the second highest run-getter in the series with 493 runs.

Stokes continued to make an all-round impact, jumping 27 places to 55th on the batting table to follow up his bowling exploits.

Australia captain Michael Clarke in sixth position (down by one) is the highest ranked batsman from his side. Clarke is also the only batsman from either Australia or England to feature within the top 10.

South Africa's AB de Villiers continues to top the batting table followed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second place and Ross Taylor in third position.

Abu Dhabi Test centurions on the move

The latest player rankings also takes into account performances in the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi.

The Test may have ended in a draw but there were a number of performers who were rewarded with jumps.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews who struck 91 and an unbeaten career-best 157 in the Test, has moved up 16 places to a best-ever 13th spot in the batting list.

Kumar Sangakkara has slid down one position to sixth, but remains the highest-ranked batsman on either side.

The other centurions in the Test, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan have also moved up a place each in their rankings. Misbah, who notched up 135 in the Test, is now ranked eighth (up by one). Younus, on the other hand, has moved up a place to ninth following his knock of 136 in the first innings of the Test.

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath in fourth (down by one) and Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in fifth spot(down by one) continue to be the highest ranked bowlers for their sides.

Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan, meanwhile, has continued his impressive rise up the charts. He has jumped seven places to a best-ever 21st position following his spells of five for 58 and three for 93.

The player rankings will now be updated after the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, starting from Wednesday, 8 January.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 6 January after the Australia-England series and first Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test):


Batsmen



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 912! 51.71 912 v Ind at Durban 2013

2 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 876 51.93 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

3 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 871! 47.51 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 868 51.34 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5 (+2) C Pujara Ind 851*! 66.25 851 v SA at Durban 2013

6 (-1) K Sangakkara SL 848 56.75 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

7 (-1) Michael Clarke Aus 817 51.40 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

8 (+1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 804! 47.44 804 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

9 (+1) Younus Khan Pak 793 51.87 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

10 (-2) Graeme Smith SA 785 49.56 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

11 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 739* 44.32 748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

12 (+10) Chris Rogers Aus 694*! 40.42 694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

13 (+16) Angelo Mathews SL 686! 44.66 686 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

14 (-2) David Warner Aus 683 40.93 741 v Eng at Perth 2013

15 (-2) Ian Bell Eng 682 45.41 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

16 (-2) Alastair Cook Eng 677 46.51 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

17 (-2) Kevin Pietersen Eng 674 47.28 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

18 (-2) Asad Shafiq Pak 646* 38.37 680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

19 (-2) Jonathan Trott Eng 641 46.45 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

20 (-1) Darren Bravo WI 636 44.68 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

21 (+20) Steven Smith Aus 626*! 36.40 626 v Eng at Sydney 2014

23 (+8) Brad Haddin Aus 618 36.67 637 v WI at Perth 2009

24 (-3) Azhar Ali Pak 613 38.53 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

25 (-7) M Jayawardena SL 609 49.14 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

30 (-6) Shane Watson Aus 601 36.33 729 v Eng at Perth 2010

38 (+2) D Chandimal SL 571*! 56.00 571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

49 (+2) M Hafeez Pak 480 34.70 595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2012

51 (+1) P Jayawardena SL 464 31.23 510 v Eng at Galle 2012

55 (+27) Ben Stokes Eng 441*! 34.87 441 v Aus at Sydney 2014

64 (-7) Jonny Bairstow Eng 410* 26.95 461 v Aus at Chester-le-St 2013

65 (-7) K Manzoor Pak 402* 29.80 467 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2013

67 (+10) Stuart Broad Eng 399 24.21 505 v Ind at The Oval 2011

69 (+4) Michael Carberry Eng 394*! 28.75 394 v Aus at Sydney 2014

85 (-4) Adnan Akmal Pak 336* 24.62 377 v Zim at Harare 2013

88 (-4) Mitchell Johnson Aus 331 22.44 477 v Eng at Lord's 2009

100 (+7) D Karunaratne SL 287*! 26.07 287 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

103= (+9) George Bailey Aus 274*! 26.14 274 v Eng at Sydney 2014

(NEW) Ahmed Shehzad Pak 274*! 46.50 274 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013



Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 909 18.00 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

2 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 901 22.90 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

3 (+2) Ryan Harris Aus 866*! 21.56 866 v Eng at Sydney 2014

4 (-1) Rangana Herath SL 826 29.58 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

5 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 799 27.13 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

6 ( - ) Peter Siddle Aus 779 28.68 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

7 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 759 28.50 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

8 (+3) Mitchell Johnson Aus 743 28.33 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

9 (-1) Pragyan Ojha Ind 741 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

10= (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 729 30.31 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

( - ) Trent Boult NZ 729*! 26.54 729 v WI at Hamilton 2013

12 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 707 29.91 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

13 (+1) Tim Southee NZ 699! 31.44 699 v WI at Hamilton 2013

14 (-1) Abdur Rehman Pak 696* 27.55 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

15 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 683 30.67 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

16 ( - ) Kemar Roach WI 649* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

17 (+1) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 627* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

18 (-1) Nathan Lyon Aus 618 32.52 648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

19 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 614 32.60 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

20 ( - ) S Shillingford WI 613* 32.32 652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

21 (+7) Junaid Khan Pak 605*! 27.54 605 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

35 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 433* 31.83 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

53 (+36) Ben Stokes Eng 311*! 32.80 311 v Aus at Sydney 2014

57 (+4) Shaminda Eranga SL 301*! 37.41 301 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

61 (-7) M Hafeez Pak 293* 34.02 358 v SA at Cape Town 2013

77 (-15) Rahat Ali Pak 208* 40.35 271 v Zim at Harare 2013

83 (+7) Suranga Lakmal SL 173* 63.34 262 v Aus at Pallekele 2011

92 (NEW) Scott Borthwick Eng 139*! 20.50 139 v Aus at Sydney 2014

94 (NEW) Bilawal Bhatti Pak 133*! 42.20 133 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

98 (-1) Angelo Mathews SL 107* 71.66 110 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2009



All-rounders



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 388*/ 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 362 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 335*/ ! 335 v Ind at Durban 2013

4 (+1) Stuart Broad Eng 291 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 (-1) Shane Watson Aus 260/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011



Selected ranking



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

6 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 246 384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

7 (+4) Ryan Harris Aus 215*/*! 215 v Eng at Sydney 2014



* indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

--IBNS (Posted on 06-01-2014)

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