Matt Prior & Cheteshwar Pujara climb into top 10 rankings

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England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and India No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara have both climbed into the ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen for the first time, after each piled on the runs in differing circumstances in their most recent series.

Prior was England's leading run-scorer in the drawn series with New Zealand, having clocked 311 at an average of 103.66 over the three Tests, with his final innings on the last day a remarkable 110 not out.

The 31-year-old repelled the New Zealand attack for four-and-a-half hours - his longest innings for England - as the world's No.2 ranked side managed to prevent the Black Caps from recording a memorable triumph.

Prior's seventh Test century came on the back of two more characteristically stroke-filled half-centuries, and the Sussex player is now ranked as the tenth best batsman in the world, according to the latest ICC statistics.

Pujara, meanwhile, enjoyed a dream series against Australia, as India secured a 4-0 whitewash over Michael Clarke's side, during which time the former added a second double-century to his burgeoning Test match career.

The 25-year-old, who had knocks of 159 and 206 not out in the series defeat to England at the end of last year, also contributed a vital unbeaten 82 in the final Test against Australia to anchor a tense final day run chase.

Pujara has climbed five places in the batting rankings, taking him up to seventh with a tally of 777 points, and he is now the highest rated Indian batsman.

Hashim Amla of South Africa is at the summit of the top 10, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second, A.B de Villiers third and Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara fourth. Australia captain Michael Clarke is placed fifth, with England skipper Alastair Cook sixth.

South African legend Jaques Kallis and Pakistan's Younus Khan make up the rest of the top 10.

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