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Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook has surged up to third in the ICC Test batting rankings following his sensational 294 in the third npower Test against India

Alastair Cook has risen to third in the ICC Test batting rankings on the back of his career-best 294 against India at Edgbaston.

The 26-year-old’s marathon effort - in England’s 710 for seven declared as they won the third Test to ascend to the top of the team rankings - saw him climb eight places.

Cook has overtaken team-mates Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, who occupy fifth and seventh respectively, as well as Sachin Tendulkar, leaving only Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara ahead of him.

James Anderson, who took six wickets in the third Test - including the first four to fall in India’s second innings, remains second behind Dale Steyn in the bowling rankings, but the Lancashire seamer has broken the 800-point mark for the first time.

Stuart Broad rises two places to sit alongside team-mate Graeme Swann in joint fifth, while Tim Bresnan has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career and lies 16th.

Broad and Bresnan have also made progress in the all-rounders list, moving up to second and ninth respectively.

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