22 Jul 2009

England players rise out of the Ashes

6:23 am on 22 July 2009

As he celebrates leading his side to victory in the second Ashes Test at Lord's England's captain Andrew Strauss can also relish a couple of personal achievements this week.

Having passed the 5000-run mark during the match and scoring his 18th Test century, the 32-year-old has moved up seven places to 14th in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Australia's Michael Clarke gains two places to sixth, overtaking his captain Ricky Ponting.

India's Gautam Gambhir rtemains number one, followed by Younus Khan of Pakistan with Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara third.

Kallis still leads the all-rounders' list with Mitchell Johnson of Australia second and New Zealand's captain Daniel Vettori third.

The bowling rankings are still led by South Africa's Dale Steyn with Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka in second place and Johnson third.