Dubai: Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are the only two Indian batsmen among the top-10 in Tests rankings while Pakistan's veteran Younus Khan jumped 11 places to claim the fifth spot in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings released here on Tuesday.
Younus Khan has charged up the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after his double-century set up an innings and 184-run victory for Pakistan in the first Test against Bangladesh.
Tendulkar is seventh while Dravid in ninth in the list which is led by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara. South Africa's Jacques Kallis is second and is followed by England duo, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.
New Zealand's fast bowler Doug Bracewell's stellar performance in the team's sensational seven-run victory in the Hobart Test has lifted him 50 places to 39th position. The 21-year-old Bracewell had figures of 3-20 and 6-40 which turned out to be the cornerstone of New Zealand's first Test victory in Australia in 26 years. Bracewell is now New Zealand's third highest-ranked bowler after Daniel Vettori (seventh) and Chris Martin (up by one place to 16th).
The bowlers' list is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with England's James Anderson second and Morne Morkel of South Africa third.
Meanwhile, South Africa and Sri Lanka go head to head in the three-Test series at Centurion from Thursday with both the sides eyeing upward movements.
South Africa currently sits in third position on 116 ratings points, one behind India, while Sri Lanka is in fifth spot, 17 ratings points behind.
If South Africa wins the series by 2-0 or better, it could leapfrog India into second position, while Sri Lanka's victory by 1-0 or better might put it ahead of Australia in fourth position. The teams ranking on the Championship table will largely depend on how the Australia-India series pans out.
1.Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 880
2.Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 851
3.Alastair Cook (England) 823
4.Ian Bell (England) 822
5.Younus Khan (Pakistan) and Hashim Amla (South Africa) 787
7.Sachin Tendulkar (Indian) 785
8.Jonathan Trott (England) 776
9.Rahul Dravid (India) 773
10.Kevin Pietersen (England) 770
1.Dale Steyn (South Africa) 898
2.James Anderson (England) 811
3.Morne Morkel (South Africa) 760
4.Graeme Swann (England) 755
5.Stuart Broad (England) 744
6.Zaheer Khan (India) 692
7.Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) 654
8.Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan) 651
9.Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 629
10.Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) 626
1.England 125 rating points
3.South Africa 116
5.Sri Lanka 99
7.West Indies 88
8.New Zealand 83