Dravid moves to 10th place in Test rankings, Sachin drops to 5th

August 23rd, 2011 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 23 (IANS) England batsman Ian Bell has broken into the top-five of the ICC Test rankings for the first time in his career while India’s Rahul Dravid has moved four places to 10th following the conclusion of the four-match series between the two teams.

As England claimed the title of number-one Test side in the world with a 4-0 series victory, several of its players have made their own moves up the players’ ladder with Bell being the most notable. The Warwickshire batsman scored 235 and in the process has gained four positions to move level with team-mate Alistair Cook at third place.

Kevin Pietersen’s 175 in the same match is enough for him to return to the top 10 as he moves up five places to eighth spot. England can now boast six bowlers in the top 20 and four batsmen in the top 10.

As he has done so well of late, Dravid fought hard against the otherwise rampant England bowlers and while his 146 not out in the first innings was not enough to save the match for his team, it did move him four places up on the log for a position at number 10. Dravid scored three hundreds in the series.

The news is not so positive for most of his team-mates with Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni all losing ground in a list that has South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis at the top and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara second.

And the knock-on effect of India’s failure with the bat has been England’s bowlers reaping the rewards. Graeme Swann gains two places to third position with James Anderson in second and Stuart Broad in fifth.

Tim Bresnan moves up five places to 11th overall as South Africa’s Dale Steyn leads the way.

There is no change in all-rounders’ rankings as Kallis still sets the standard and England’s Stuart Broad lies second.



Rank Player Team

1 Jacques Kallis SA
2 Kumar Sangakkara SL
3 Ian Bell Eng
3 Alastair Cook Eng
5 Sachin Tendulkar Ind
6 Jonathan Trott Eng
7 S Chanderpaul WI
8 Kevin Pietersen Eng
9 Thilan Samaraweera SL
10 Rahul Dravid Ind


1 Dale Steyn SA
2 James Anderson Eng
3 Graeme Swann Eng
4 Morne Morkel SA
5 Stuart Broad Eng
6 Mitchell Johnson Aus
7 Zaheer Khan Ind
8 Shakib Al Hasan Ban
9 Daniel Vettori NZ
10 Chris Tremlett Eng


1 Jacques Kallis SA
2 Stuart Broad Eng
3 Daniel Vettori NZ
4 Shakib Al Hasan Ban
5 Shane Watson Aus

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