Strauss rises up Test batting rankings
England opener Andrew Strauss is back among the top 20 batsmen in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Rankings following his two centuries in the first Test against India at Chennai.
Strauss became the 10th England batsman to score a hundred in each innings of a Test, with totals of 123 and 108 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The 31-year-old left-hander rises eight places to 15th, moving him ahead of India’s Sachin Tendulkar - who rises one position following his unbeaten 103 in the second innings to joint 16th with VVS Laxman.
Virender Sehwag remains 10th despite his blistering second innings 83 but Gautam Gambhir drops to two places to 20th.
Paul Collingwood climbs two spots to 18th thanks to his second-innings century. He moves ahead of Alastair Cook who slips three places to 19th. Kevin Pietersen drops two positions to eighth.
Injured England seamer Ryan Sidebottom remains sixth despite not being fit for the India Tests. Monty Panesar falls two places to 13th and James Anderson stays 15th, one spot ahead of Andrew Flintoff who rises a place.
Flintoff is still third in the all-rounders rankings.