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Dhoni continues to lead the ICC ODI batsmen ranking

July 04, 2010 19:21 IST

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is set to start a new innings after marrying childhood friend Shakshi Singh Rawat in Dehradun on Sunday night, continued to top the ICC ODI batsmen chart released in Dubai.

MS DhoniWith 807 ratting points, Dhoni is just two points ahead of South Africa's AB de Villiers in the list, which also has Sachin Tendulkar in the sixth spot.

Among others, Australia's vice-captain Michael Clarke has climbed 10 places to the 15th position, just ahead of teammate Shane Watson who has improved his ranking by two places.

England's Paul Collingwood has improved his ranking by two places after his series contribution of 209 runs against Australia, while Andrew Strauss has moved to 39th spot after scoring 191 runs in the series.

However, Kevin Pietersen has slipped five places to 33rd spot after managing just 95 runs.

In the Rankings for ODI bowlers, Australia fast bowlers Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris and England's off-spinner Graeme Swann have achieved career-best rankings after rocketing into the top 20 bracket.

For his nine wickets in the series, Bollinger has been rewarded with a jump of 10 places which puts him along side Kyle Mills of New Zealand in fifth position, while Harris has vaulted 21 places to claim 15th spot following his series haul of 10 wickets.

Swann, who grabbed eight wickets in the series, has leaped 15 places to sit in 17th position.

He is the third England bowler inside the top 20 behind Stuart Broad (eighth) and James Anderson (13th).

With England winning the five-ODI series 3-2 which concluded at Lord's yesterday, Strauss's side gained one place in the ICC ODI Championship to reach the fourth position just behind India, while Australia retained its position at the top of the table.

Daniel Vettori of New Zealand leads the bowling table from Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan while Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka is third.

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