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England players rise in ICC Test rankings

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England's Ashes heroes were rewarded with further success today with a number of them making gains in the revised Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings. 

Following a comprehensive victory in the second Ashes Test against Australia, star performers Ian Bell and Joe Root were rewarded for their fine batting performances.

After scores of 109 and 74 during the Lord's Test, Bell now finds himself in 11th position in the rankings for batsmen, just behind Ross Taylor after moving up six places. 

Man of the match and opening batsmen Root, rose to 26th position, a jump of 21 places after an impressive score of 180 in his second innings, becoming the sixth England batsman now in the top 30. 

With a combined score of 87 during the second Test, Jonny Bairstow finds himself on the brink of the the top 50, moving 12 places to 53rd spot. 

South Africa's Hashim still leads the batting table, with West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul and AB de Villiers in second and third place respectively. 

England's bowlers have also been rewarded for the 347 run win over the Aussies, as James Anderson and off-spinner Graeme Swann both progressed. 

Anderson moves up one spot alongside Peter Siddle in fifth, while Swann is just behind in seventh, only five rating points adrift. 

England now find themselves with five bowlers in the top 30, with Tim Bresnan rising six places to 29th. 

Australia's Ryan Harris was also rewarded for his five-wicket haul and now sits at a career best 15th in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for bowlers. 

Dale Steyn of South Africa continues to head this list, with teammate Vernon Philander and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath making up the top three. 

England will look to wrap up the Ashes with victory over Australia when the two sides meet at Old Trafford on August 1st. 


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Topics:
Graeme Swann
Joe Root
England cricket
Jonny Bairstow
Cricket
Ian Bell
The Ashes

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