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Last Updated: Monday, 29 May 2006, 04:53 GMT 05:53 UK
Pietersen moves into Test top 10
Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen has enjoyed a superb start to his Test career
England's Kevin Pietersen has moved up to 10th in the ICC's Test batting rankings after his superb 143 in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

The 25-year-old moved seven places up from 17th to become the only England player in the top 10.

Marcus Trescothick drops a place to be 11th in the list, with fellow opener Andrew Strauss also down one at 15th.

Meanwhile, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Flintoff remain in fifth and sixth spots in the bowling rankings.

But Flintoff's relatively quiet game with the bat saw him slip back into second place in the rankings for all-rounders, behind South Africa's Jacques Kallis.

As for Sri Lanka, their best batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are both on the slide, slipping to 13th and 18th respectively.

Muttiah Muralitharan strengthens his position as the number one bowler but Chaminda Vaas drops out of the top 10.


LEADING BATSMEN
1. Ricky Ponting (Aus) 931 pts
2. Rahul Dravid (Ind) 842
3. Jacques Kallis (SA) 832
4. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 832
5. Matthew Hayden (Aus) 808
6. Brian Lara (WI) 800
7. Younis Khan (Pak) 796
8= Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 780
8= Mike Hussey (Aus) 780
10. Kevin Pietersen (Eng) 766

LEADING BOWLERS
1. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 884 pts
2. Makhaya Ntini (SA) 841
3. Shane Warne (Aus) 813
4. Glenn McGrath (Aus) 811
5. Matthew Hoggard (Eng) 795
6. Andrew Flintoff (Eng) 758
7. Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) 751
8. Anil Kumble (Ind) 731
9. Shane Bond (NZ) 720
10. Chaminda Vaas (SL) 716



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