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Flintoff climbs world rankings

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Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff is now ranked as the 10th best Test bowler in the world © Getty Images

Andrew Flintoff has taken over as England's highest ranked Test bowler after breaking into the top 10 in the LG ICC Rankings following his superb performances during the first three npower Ashes Tests.

The Lancashire all-rounder has taken 16 wickets so far against Australia this summer, with his second-innings figures of 4-71 at Old Trafford lifting him up two places to 10th in the rankings.

He has edged ahead of Matthew Hoggard (11th) and Stephen Harmison (12th) while Simon Jones’ seven-wicket haul, which included figures of 6-53 in the first innings, propelled him up 13 places to 22nd.

Glenn McGrath remains as the top bowler in the world following yet another five-wicket haul at Old Trafford, while Shane Warne is still at number three having become the first bowler in history to claim 600 Test wickets.

Michael Vaughan

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Michael Vaughan’s century (left) at Old Trafford moved him up seven places to 23rd in the batting rankings and Marcus Trescothick has reached a career-best eighth.

Ricky Ponting’s marathon 156 which helped Australia hang on for a draw lifts him to fourth place while Warne gained 10 places and is now ranked 91st in the batting.

Batsmen

Rank - Player - Team - Points
1. Jacques Kallis (SA) 886
2. Brian Lara (WI) 873
3. Rahul Dravid (Ind) 872
4. Ricky Ponting (Aus) 855
5. Virender Sehwag (Ind) 848
6. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 815
7. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) 789
8. Marcus Trescothick (Eng) 785
9. Damien Martyn (Aus) 780
10. Adam Gilchrist (Aus) 761

14. Andrew Strauss (Eng) 733
23. Michael Vaughan (Eng) 632
28. Andrew Flintoff (Eng) 602

Bowlers

Rank - Player - Team - Points
1. Glenn McGrath (Aus) 886
2. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 862
3. Shane Warne (Aus) 795
4. Chaminda Vaas (SL) 788
5. Shaun Pollock (SA) 787
6. Makhaya Ntini (SA) 784
7. Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) 770
8. Anil Kumble (Ind) 766
9. Andre Nel (SA) 751
10. Andrew Flintoff (Eng) 750

11. Matthew Hoggard (Eng) 740
12. Stephen Harmison (Eng) 733
18. Ashley Giles (Eng) 586
22. Simon Jones (Eng) 565