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Aug 06, 2013 at 05:22pm IST

Michael Clarke moves to No. 2 in ICC Test rankings

Dubai: Australia captain Michael Clarke has climbed up three places to second in the ICC Test batsman rankings on the back of his 187 in the rain-hit draw at Old Trafford. Clarke is now 20 ratings points behind Hashim Amla, and if he scores heavily in the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street this week he could move past the South African and go past his best of 900 points.

In the batsman rankings after the third Test, England's Ian Bell returned to the top ten by moving one place up to tenth, while team-mate Kevin Pietersen's 113 in the first innings saw him progress two spots up to 14th.

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In the Test bowlers rankings, the biggest mover was Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris who jumped four places to a career-best 11th position. A match haul of 6 for 233 moved Graeme Swann ahead of team-mates James Anderson in sixth position.

Michael Clarke moves to No. 2 in ICC Test rankings

Australia's Test captain is now 20 points away from usurping South African Hashim Amla and going past his career-best 900 points.

The top three spots are occupied by Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Rangana Herath respectively.

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Cheteshwar Pujara is the only Indian batsman in the top-20 list as he maintained his sixth spot, while offspinner R Ashwin is the highest-ranked Indian bowler at number eight.

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