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17-Mar-2010 16:30:00 GMT
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Swann Rises to 2nd Spot in Test Rankings

Dubai: Graeme Swann became the first England bowler in six years to rise to second position of the ICC Test bowler rankings after his maiden 10-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong.

Swann's figures of 78.3-19-217-10 not only helped England register a 181-run victory over Bangladesh in Chittagong which gave his side a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series but also saw him jump three places up the rung in the rankings.

The 30-year-old offie is the first England bowler to claim the second position in the bowling table since Steve Harmison, who achieved it in December 2004.

In the last eight months, Swann played 10 Tests claiming 45 wickets, including 14 against Australia and 21 against South Africa and his performance against these higher-ranked opponents saw him make massive strides.

While Swann surged ahead, his team-mate Stuart Broad crashed out of the top 10 after losing three places to the 11th spot.

For Bangladesh, captain Shakib Al Hasan's match figures of 5-195 helped him climb three places to 15th position, while Mushfiqur Rahim became the second highest-ranked stumper after India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Test batsmen rankings.

With scores of 79 and 95 in the first Test, Mushfiqur rocketed 12 places to jump to a career-best 34th position, seven places and 78 ratings points behind the India captain.

Opener Tamim Iqbal has also climbed three places to 37th spot after scores of 86 and four while middle-order batsman Junaid Siddique has vaulted 12 places to 60th position after scores of seven and 106.

For England, captain Alastair Cook has climbed five places to 23rd spot and Paul Collingwood has moved to 22nd position. Kevin Pietersen, however, has slipped one place to 26th spot in the batting table headed by Virender Sehwag.

In the all-rounders' list, Swann has moved to third position while Shakib has dropped to fourth spot.

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