Kallis inches closer to Ponting in ICC rankings for Test batsmen

Lee and Steyn among top five Test bowlers

Cricinfo staff

November 20, 2007

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Dale Steyn sent the New Zealand batsmen packing in the two-Test series in South Africa © Getty Images
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Dale Steyn and Brett Lee, who won the Man-of-the-Series awards in the recent clean sweeps for South Africa and Australia, have broken into the top five in the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers.

Steyn dismantled the New Zealand batsmen with 20 wickets in two Tests, and has skyrocketed to third place in the list - he was ranked 28th before the start of the series. Lee is two places behind him in fifth, having finished with 16 wickets in the two Tests Australia played against Sri Lanka.

Steyn's team-mate Jacques Kallis is now one point away from Lee's compatriot Ricky Ponting at the top of the list for Test batsmen. Kallis followed up his three hundreds in four innings against Pakistan with two more in three innings against New Zealand.

The other mover in the top ten Test batsmen is Kumar Sangakkara, who jumped to third place - ahead of Mohammad Yousuf - on the back of his 57 and 192 in the second Test against Australia.

Test bowlers

LG ICC Player Rankings
Rank

Name

Country

Rating

SL 904
SA 808
SA 775
AUS 769
AUS 726
NZ 724
IND 702
SA 701
ENG 700
PAK 684
 Top 100

Test batsmen

LG ICC Player Rankings
Rank

Name

Country

Rating

AUS 936
SA 935
SL 919
PAK 908
AUS 874
ENG 872
PAK 828
AUS 803
WI 762
AUS 751
 Top 100

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