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Sehwag retains No 2 spot in ICC Test rankings

August 22, 2010 17:21 IST

Dashing opener Virender Sehwag is the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the second spot in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Sunday.

Virender SehwagSri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara leads the batting table with Michael Clarke of Australia in third spot.

In the bowling list, Pakistan's fast bowler Mohammad Aamer has rocketed to a career-best 17th after playing a leading role in his side's four-wicket victory over England in the Oval Test which concluded on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Aamer took nine wickets in the Test and was awarded with a jump of 14 places in the rankings, which puts him just behind Paul Harris of South Africa and makes him the third Pakistan fast bowler in the top 20.

For England, off-spinner Graeme Swann has moved up one place to regain his second position in the bowling chart.

Swann, who had match figures of 7-118, had first climbed to second position in March this year after the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

In the rankings for batsmen, Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali, and England's Alastair Cook and Matt Prior all rose up the rankings table.

Yousuf, who scored 56 and 33, climbed two places to 14th position with India's Gautam Gambhir firmly within his sights. Umar has jumped six places to share 41st position with Australia's Phillip Hughes and Azhar has vaulted 28 places to 55th spot.

There is no change in the top five of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player rankings for Test all-rounders with Jacques Kallis of South Africa leading the field.

Meanwhile, England's four-wicket defeat has ended its chances of moving ahead of fourth-placed Australia in the ICC Test Championship.

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