ICC Rankings

Swann moves to No.3 in rankings

Cricinfo staff

December 31, 2009

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Graeme Swann struck with his second delivery as South Africa wobbled after England declared with a 232-run advantage, South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Durban, December 29, 2009
Graeme Swann ends a barnstorming year No.3 in the world © Getty Images
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Graeme Swann has crowned a remarkable year, in which he has taken 54 wickets in 12 games, by rocketing to No.3 in the world rankings, ahead of Muttiah Muralitharan.

His man-of-the-match performance at Kingsmead, where he completed match-figures of 9 for 164, earned him an eight-place jump to the number-three spot, the highest of any England bowler since Steve Harmison was crowned No.1 in August 2004.

Stuart Broad, who partnered Swann to condemn South Africa to defeat in Durban with 4 for 43 in the second innings, also gains, up six places to No.7 in the bowling rankings.

Not surprisingly, the picture isn't as rosy for most of South Africa's bowlers. Under-pressure Makhaya Ntini has slipped four places to eight, after failing to take a wicket in the match while Paul Harris has dropped five places, out of the top ten, to No.12.

On a more positive note, Morne Morkel, who has been the biggest threat for South Africa in the series, has gained six places and now sits in 24th position. Dale Steyn has managed to cling on to No.1 spot although he is under pressure from Mitchell Johnson, after Steyn's mediocre return from injury in Durban.

As far as the batting rankings are concerned, Andrew Strauss's 49-ball 50 has helped him gain four places to joint-13th position, level with Rahul Dravid and AB de Villiers, who drops one place.

For a full list of the rankings click here.

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