Strauss waltzes up rankings

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Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss has scored two centuries in his last three Tests © Getty Images

Andrew Strauss has leapt up seven places to 16th in the Test batting rankings after his match-winning century against New Zealand at Old Trafford.

The left-handed opener cracked 106 - his second century in his last three Tests - to help England to a six-wicket win in the second npower Test.

Strauss has now scored 406 runs in his last four Test innings.

England's leading batsman is still Kevin Pietersen, who, after showing glimpses of a return to form in the second innings in Manchester, remains in 10th position.

Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood, who put the finishing touches on the victory, are 21st and 22nd respectively, while Michael Vaughan occupies 29th spot.

England's other match-winner, Monty Panesar, is another who has enjoyed a significant rise, climbing five places to 11th in the bowling rankings.

The left-arm spinner claimed 6-37 as New Zealand wilted in their second innings on Sunday.

The 26-year-old has now taken 101 wickets in 28 Tests and another impressive showing at Trent Bridge could see him join Ryan Sidebottom int he top 10. The left-arm seamer finished with four wickets to retain sixth position.

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