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October 18, 2005
Following their demolition job against the World XI in Sydney, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have taken over the top two spots in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings. Between them, the pair have now taken 1150 Test wickets, and have moved up a slot each from their previous ranking, with McGrath taking over from Muttiah Muralitharan as World No. 1.
Warne, in second spot, is now on 874 points, his highest ranking since the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in December 1995 when he stood at 876. Those three are well clear of the chasing pack, but No. 4 on the list is closing fast, if his recent performances are anything to go by. Andrew Flintoff's seven wickets for the World XI have lifted him to a career-best rating of 793, and he is now officially the leading allrounder in the world game, ahead of South Africa's Jacques Kallis.
Kallis remains the world No. 1 batsman, but Ricky Ponting has drawn level with Brian Lara in second spot, with Matthew Hayden returning to the top six following his resurgence of form in his last two Tests at The Oval and Sydney. Adam Gilchrist's 94 against the World XI helps him move back up the rankings after a subdued Ashes series, and he now sits at No. 11 following a rise of three spots.
The biggest mover in the bowling rankings has happened outside the top ten, with Stuart MacGill rising ten places to No. 20 on the list, following his nine-wicket haul at Sydney.
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