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Cheteshwar Pujara moves up to fifth in ICC Test rankings

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Jan 06, 2014 at 02:37pm IST

Dubai: India's batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara climbed two places to be at fifth spot, while Virat Kohli slipped a position at number 11 in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Monday.

Pujara, with career-best 851 points, remained the best-placed Indian batsman in the top-10, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stayed put at the seventh position in the bowlers' chart. In the allrounders' rankings, Ashwin continued to rule the roost.

South Africa's AB de Villiers leads the Test batsmen table with 912 points followed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul (876) of West Indies and Ross Taylor (871) from New Zealand. Kohli has 739 rating points.

Cheteshwar Pujara moves up to fifth in ICC Test rankings

File photo of India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara during a Test match. (AFP)

Meanwhile, Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has jumped 10 places to a best-ever 12th in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. Rogers, who scored 119 in the second innings of the Sydney Test, moved up as many as 32 places during the Ashes.

The other centurion in the Sydney Test Steven Smith, who stroked 115 in the first innings, has jumped 20 places to a best-ever 21st. Brad Haddin, on the other hand, moved up eight places to 23rd as he ended as the second highest run-getter in the series with 493 runs. Australia captain Michael Clarke in sixth position is the highest-ranked batsman from his side.

Among Test bowlers, India's left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha fell one spot to ninth position in the bowlers' table, led by South Africa's Vernon Philander. Ojha lost his place to Australian speedster Mitchel Johnson, who had a sensational Ashes series where he claimed 37 wickets in five Tests. Johnson, named Player of the Ashes Series, made an impressive return to Test cricket, jumping as many as 14 places during the course of the series.

No. 1 Philander was followed by his team-mate Dale Steyn and Australia's Ryan Harris - star of Australia's 281-run win over England in the fifth and final Ashes Test at Sydney. Harris has moved up two places to a career-best third. Harris gained 80 points from his match-winning performance in Sydney to end with a career-best 866.

For England, Stuart Broad continues to be the only bowler in top-10 at 10th.

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