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Lord's effort boosts Inzamam and Yousuf

Cricinfo staff

July 18, 2006

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Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf both enjoyed the Lord's Test © Getty Images
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Pakistan now has two players in the top five of the Test batting rankings following the drawn first Test against England at Lord's. Inzamam-ul-Haq has climbed one place to third in the list after twin half-centuries and he has been joined in the top five by Mohammad Yousuf, who made 202, his second successive Test double hundred against England.

Yousuf is up two spots to fifth place and now has his best-ever ranking and his highest tally of points. Completing a trio of Pakistan batsmen in the top 10 is Younis Khan, who missed the Lord's Test through injury. He lies seventh in the table.

The only players Inzamam now trails in the rankings are his opposite numbers Ricky Ponting of Australia and India's Rahul Dravid. England, by contrast, has just one batsman in that top 10, Kevin Pietersen in 10th position, but below him, several of his team mates are making positive moves.

Andrew Strauss's ninth Test hundred has seen him rise two places to 12th (overtaking team-mate Marcus Trescothick in the process) while Paul Collingwood's Test-best 186 has boosted him up to joint 34th position, a climb of 16 places.

Ian Bell and Alastair Cook, two more century-makers from the Lord's Test are up to joint 42nd and 51st place respectively, and the duo - along with Collingwood - have career-best ratings.

The bowling ranks have seen no changes in the top 20 with England's Matthew Hoggard still the highest-placed player from either side. He remains in fifth spot, ahead of injured team-mate Andrew Flintoff in sixth and another injured player, Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, in seventh position.

Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan remains top rankings, clear of South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini.

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