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The newly crowned World number one Test side South Africa have been given another lift as their players dominate the new ICC Test rankings in both batting and bowling.

Batsman AB de Villiers and fast bowler Dale Steyn remain unmoved and are still ranked as the World's best players in their respective disciplines. Their team-mate, all-rounder Vernon Philander, is also ranked as the best all-rounder in Tests, as well as the fourth best bowler. New South African captain Hashim Amla continues the Proteas dominance as he climbs two places to number three in the batting rankings.

Sri Lankan winners

The biggest winners from the new rankings are Sri Lanka after their historic series victory in England and a tough 1-0 home defeat to South Africa. Kumar Sangakkara remains the second best batsmen in the World whilst captain Angelo Matthews is ranked sixth, after moving up four batting places, and spinner Angelo Herath has moved up seven places to number eight in the bowling rankings.

Australian cricketers are suffering in the rankings due to a lack of cricket recently. However, they can still boast a trio of fast bowlers in the top ten, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle, with David Warner and Michael Clarke in the top ten batsmen despite falling one place each.

England's stars

Meanwhile, despite England's poor form over the last year, they have been given a boost with Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook gaining in the rankings after the performance in the third Test against India at Southampton. Alastair Cook's upturn in form has moved him up seven places to 22nd in the World whilst Gary Ballance has moved up sixteen places to 31st after a fantastic summer so far.

The biggest mover in the rankings has come from England's Moeen Ali who has moved 34 places to number 38 in the bowling rankings after a match-winning performance at the Ageas Bowl. Ian Bell has also benefited by re-entering the top 20, at number 19, after his century in the first innings.

There is no change in the all-rounders top five but South African Vernon Philander is only a point above Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hassan.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings:

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 899 51.33 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

2 ( - ) K.Sangakkara SL 889 58.32 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

3 (+2) Hashim Amla SA 878 51.70 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

4 (-1) David Warner Aus 871 46.54 871 v SA at Cape Town 2014

5 (-1) S.Chanderpaul WI 854 51.88 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

6 (+4) Angelo Mathews SL 827 51.00 827 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2014

7 (-1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 824 48.75 824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

8 (-1) Michael Clarke Aus 818 51.50 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

9 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 795 46.43 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

10 (-2) C.Pujara Ind 771 54.11 851 v SA at Durban 2013

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating

1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 903 22.82 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 ( - ) Ryan Harris Aus 870 22.56 870 v SA at Cape Town 2014

3 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 844 27.42 844 v SA at Cape Town 2014

4 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 813 21.09 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

5 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 787 27.46 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

6 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 783 29.83 799 v WI at Kingston 2014

7 (+1) James Anderson Eng 781 30.09 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

8 (+7) Rangana Herath SL 755 30.41 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

9 (-2) Trent Boult NZ 737 27.45 767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

10= (-1) Kemar Roach WI 733 27.04 733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014

(-1) Peter Siddle Aus 733 29.37 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013


All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 365 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 364 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) R.Ashwin Ind 351 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

4 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 280 384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

5 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 265 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

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