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Kumble climbs in ICC Test list

india Updated: Aug 10, 2006 17:04 IST

Veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble climbed two rungs to be sixth among bowlers while skipper Rahul Dravid maintained his second placed in the batsmen's list of the latest ICC Test players' rankings.

Kumble, who has overtaken Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar and Kiwi pace spearhead Shane Bond, and Dravid are the only Indians among the top-10 list of bowlers and batsmen.

Paceman Irfan Pathan is fifth in the all rounders' lists while among the bowlers he is 14th and the next highest ranked Indian after Kumble.

Virender Sehwag is the second highest placed Indian among the batsmen at 14th position.

Pakistan's vice-captain Younis Khan, has moved up four places to be at a career-high third among batsmen and Mohammed Yousuf remains in fourth spot in the rankings ahead of captain Inzamam, who has slipped one place to seventh.

Only Pakistan and Australia have three players in the top 10 of the batting list. Apart from skipper Ponting Australia have Matthew Hayden in sixth position and Michael Hussey in eighth.

England has three players inside the top 20 with its highest-placed representative Kevin Pietersen, up one spot to 11th, acting captain Andrew Strauss at 13th and Marcus Trescothick, who lies 15th.

Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene has consolidated his position in the top 10 of the Rankings for Test batsmen.

Jayawardene lies 10th in that list, just behind ninth-ranked Kumar Sangakkara, who has slipped down one place.

Muttiah Muralitharan still leads the bowling list after a match haul of 12-225, while team-mate Chaminda Vaas lies 12th.