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A maiden 10-wicket haul by England fast bowler Stuart Broad has given him a career-best ranking in the latest ICC Player Rankings which were released a day after England beat the West Indies by five wickets at Lord's, to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series. Broad recorded figures of seven for 72 and four for 93 which gave him a jump of five places and put him in third place alongside his new ball partner James Anderson who bagged three wickets in the match.
For his match haul of 11-165, Broad, who was short-listed for the 2008 ICC Emerging Player of the Year Award at the LG ICC Awards, earned 34 ratings points which not only gave him a share of third place with Anderson but also put the two fast bowlers 52 ratings points behind second-placed Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan.
With off-spinner Graeme Swann sitting in fifth position after slipping one place following his match figures of three for 111, England now has three bowlers inside the top five while Tim Bresnan is 25th, dropping seven places after claiming just one wicket of Adrian Barath in the Test.
The other bowler to move up the chart is West Indies' Kemar Roach who has gained one place and is now in 16th position after match figures of six for 168 to claim his career-best ranking.
The bowlers' list is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, the West Indies' number-one ranked Shivnarine Chnaderpaul has extended his advantage over second-placed AB de Villiers to 57 ratings points.
Chanderpaul, who lifted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the 2008 ICC Cricketer of the Year, had entered the Test with a lead over de Villiers of just six ratings points and over third-ranked Jacques Kallis of eight ratings points.
However, after scores of 87 not out and 91, the 37-year-old Guyana batsman has not only consolidated his number-one raking, he is now 22 ratings points away from breaking the 900-point mark yet again, which in ranking terms is the benchmark for any batsman. Chanderpaul last achieved a career-best rating of 901 after scoring 126 not out against New Zealand in December 2008 in Napier.
Other batsmen to head in the right direction after the Lord's Test include Ian Bell in 17th (up by two places), Andrew Strauss in 27th (up by one place), Marlon Samuels in 55th (up by eight places), Adrian Barath in 67th (up by 14 places) and Darren Sammy in 68th (up by five places).
Batsmen failing to hold onto their positions are Jonathan Trott in 16th (down by two places), Kevin Pietersen in 18th (down by one place), Darren Bravo in 21st (down by one place) and Matt Prior in 25th (down by one place).
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, there is no change in the top three but Sammy has moved up two places to eighth position.