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Bell closes on top-10 slot

Ian Bell’s surge up the International Cricket Council Test Player Rankings has continued after his third century in as many Ashes matches.

Bell rose five places to 17th in the batting list following his hundred at Trent Bridge and is now up to 11th having made scores of 109 and 74 at Lord’s.

Unsurprisingly, given the margin of their triumph in the second Investec Test, several England players have made positive progress.

Man of the match Joe Root is up 21 places to 26th in the batting rankings, while James Anderson and Graeme Swann, who picked up nine wickets at Lord’s, lie fifth and seventh in the bowling standings.

Australia seamer Ryan Harris has achieved a career-best rating of 649 points following his seven-wicket haul at the home of cricket, placing him 15th. 

The respective batting and bowling rankings continue to be led by Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.

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