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James Anderson's six wickets in the second Test have moved him up to third place in the ICC’s Test bowling rankings

James Anderson has moved up to a career-high third place in the ICC’s Test bowling rankings following England’s second Test win over Australia.

The 28-year-old claimed six wickets as England moved 1-0 ahead in the Ashes with an emphatic innings-and-71-run victory at the Adelaide Oval.

Anderson sits a place below team-mate Graeme Swann, whose five-wicket haul in the second innings moved him closer to claiming the top spot from Dale Steyn before the end of the year.

The off-spinner trails Steyn by 14 ranking points and with Tests in Perth and Melbourne coming up before the end of the year he could yet pass the South Africa paceman.

Kevin Pietersen’s Test-best 227 allowed him to jump 12 places to 16th in the batting rankings, replacing Australia skipper Ricky Ponting who dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since 2001.

Jonathan Trott remains England’s highest-ranked batsman after moving up to sixth place while vice-captain Alastair Cook, who has scored 450 runs in the first two Ashes Tests, jumped nine places up to 13th.

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