Prior a top-10 hit

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Matt Prior’s heroics in the decisive drawn Test with New Zealand have moved him into the top 10 of the International Cricket Council batting rankings for the first time.

Prior, who was England’s leading scorer in the shared series with 311 runs at an average of 103.66, made 73 in the first innings at Auckland’s Eden Park and a game-saving 110 not out yesterday.

The wicketkeeper-batsman - who took 10 catches in the rubber - has moved up four spots to 10th, four behind Alastair Cook.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior's 183 runs in the Auckland Test match have lifted him to a career-high 10th in the International Cricket Council batting rankings

Kevin Pietersen, who missed the Auckland Test with a knee problem, stays 11th - a place ahead of Jonathan Trott, who drops two to 12th. Ian Bell is up one to 17th after his second-innings 75.

For the Black Caps, Ross Taylor is down five to 13th but Brendon McCullum is up six to 19th.

In the bowling charts James Anderson, Graeme Swann - the latter having missed the entire Test series through injury - and Stuart Broad each drop a place to seventh, eighth and 14th respectively.

Steven Finn, who claimed seven wickets at Auckland, is up two to 17th - a move that sees New Zealand’s Chris Martin, another injury absentee throughout the rubber, fall one to 18th.

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