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June 12, 2007
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.
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.
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