ICC Test Ratings

Panesar leaps to 12th place in ICC ratings

Cricinfo staff

June 12, 2007

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Monty Panesar's outstanding performance in the third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford has lifted him to a career-best 12th position in the ICC rankings for bowlers. Panesar finished with figures of 10 for 187, his first ten-for in Tests, as England pulled off a 60-run win to take a 2-0 lead and seal the series. Panesar is now the third-ranked spinner in the list, behind only Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble. Steve Harmison, who also had a good Test with six wickets, retains his 18th place.

Top 15 Test bowlers
Rank Bowler Points
1 Muttiah Muralitharan 913
2 Makhaya Ntini 856
3 Anil Kumble 730
3 Shaun Pollock 730
5 Shane Bond 722
6 Stuart Clark 720
7 Mohammad Asif 710
8 Matthew Hoggard 701
9 Corey Collymore 699
10 Shoaib Akhtar 698
11 Andrew Flintoff 687
12 Monty Panesar 671
13 Chaminda Vaas 663
14 Danish Kaneria 662
15 Brett Lee 644

Among the batsmen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Alastair Cook both moved up eight slots after scoring exactly 166 runs in the Test. Chanderpaul is now in 13th place, one spot ahead of Cook. The news wasn't so good for Andrew Strauss, though, who has dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since December 2004 after scoring just 78 runs in five innings in the ongoing series against West Indies. Kevin Pietersen retains the third spot, though his rating has slipped below the 900 mark.

Top 15 Test batsmen
Rank Batsman Points
1 Ricky Ponting 936
2 Mohammad Yousuf 915
3 Kevin Pietersen 892
4 Kumar Sangakkara 857
5 Michael Hussey 842
6 Matthew Hayden 828
7 Jacques Kallis 820
8 Rahul Dravid 801
9 Younis Khan 789
10 Ashwell Prince 755
11 Inzamam-ul-Haq 735
12 Mahela Jayawardene 710
13 Shivnarine Chanderpaul 694
14 Alastair Cook 689
15 Stephen Fleming 674

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