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23-Sep-2011 02:42:00 GMT
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Aussies up to Fourth, Sri Lanka Down to 5th

Dubai: Australia, who started the series as the fifth best nation, leapfrogged Sri Lanka by one ratings point into fourth position.

Mike Hussey's heroics in Australia's 1-0 series victory over Sri Lanka has not only propelled him into the top 10 of the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, but also helped his nation move back into the top four.

They still trail third-placed India by 13 and No.1 England by a massive 21.

Mike Hussey's 463 runs in the series, including two centuries, saw him rise five places to sixth position in the batting rankings.

Kumar Sangakkara's series total of 223 enabled him to move up to a share of second spot with England duo Ian Bell and Alastair Cook.

South African Jacques Kallis still heads the list for batsmen, while team-mate Dale Steyn is the best bowler.

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath, who bowled superbly against Australia with 16 wickets in the series, moved up six places to a career-high 10th.

Mitchell Johnson remains the best-placed Australian in seventh, while Peter Siddle moved up two places to 13th and Ryan Harris vaulted up 10 positions to 21st.

In the all-rounder rankings, Shane Watson dropped two positions to fourth following his somewhat disappointing series against Sri Lanka.

Test ratings
1. England 125
2. South Africa 118
3. India 117
4. Australia 104
5. Sri Lanka 103
6. Pakistan 94
7. West Indies 89
8. New Zealand 78
9. Bangladesh 8

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