PwC ratings October 25, 2004

Dravid and Harmison stay on top

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Despite lukewarm performances in the Test series against Australia so far, Rahul Dravid retains the top spot in the Pricewaterhouse Coopers ranking for Test batsmen. Dravid has made 0, 60 and 26 in his three innings, but holds on to the first rank primarily because Matthew Hayden, who is in second place, hasn't done enough to displace him. Hayden has only made 153 runs from four innings so far.

Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag's 155 at Chennai took him to 847 points, his highest ever. Sehwag is in third place, while Sachin Tendulkar, who is back for the Nagpur Test, is the third Indian in the top ten, slotting in in seventh position. The highest gainer from last week, though, was Sanath Jayasuriya. His 253 at Faisalabad against Pakistan helped him climb 13 place to No. 17.

Among the bowlers, Steve Harmison continues to hold to the No. 1 position. The top ten list is unchanged from last week, but the biggest gainers there, too, are Sri Lankans. Rangana Herath, who took 7 for 132 at Faisalabad, climbs a whopping 36 places to No. 47, while Dilhara Fernando's six-wicket haul in that game helps him climb 11 rungs to No. 40.

Rank Batsman Points Average
1 Dravid 877 57.36
2 Hayden 872 57.27
3 Sehwag 847 53.92
4 Lara 845 52.84
5 Ponting 815 54.33
6 Kallis 807 53.75
7 Tendulkar 768 57.39
8 Gibbs 764 48.42
9 Inzamam 759 49.17
10 Smith 747 57.31

Rank Bowler Points Average
1 Harmison 875 24.73
2 Muralitharan 859 22.86
3 Pollock 854 21.40
4 Shoaib 836 24.31
5 McGrath 800 21.73
6 Kumble 795 27.96
7 Warne 747 25.59
8 Gillespie 741 25.65
9 Vaas 680 29.90
10 Ntini 674 30.38

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