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Amla, Morkel on the rise in ICC Test Rankings

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South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved within four ratings points of becoming the number-one ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Test batsmen which were released on Tuesday, at the end of the series between Australia and South Africa.

Amla, who was declared man of the match in the Perth Test, has moved up two places to third position with 875 ratings points following his match-winning knock of 196 in the second innings of the series-decider.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is now the top-ranked batsman with 879 ratings points. Australia captain Michael Clarke, who made five and 44, has slipped to second position after regaining the number-one spot last week at the conclusion of the Adelaide Test.

Although four ratings points separate the top three batsmen, Clarke will have the first shot at regaining the number-one position when he leads his side in the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Hobart on 14 December. South Africa will return to the Test arena next year when it plays New Zealand in the first Test in Cape Town on 2 January, while the West Indies is not scheduled to play a Test until March when it will host Zimbabwe for a two-Test series.

AB de Villiers, who was the other centurion in the Perth Test, has also moved up two places to seventh.

Among the bowlers, Dale Steyn continues to lead the table. Vernon Philander has moved up a place to jointly hold the second spot with Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath.

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has also moved up a spot to seventh.

For Australia, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has returned to the top 20 after moving up three places to twentieth position.

The biggest mover in the bowlers' table is Mitchell Starc who has now moved up 21 places to 53rd. Starc was rewarded for his spells of two for 55 and six for 154 in the Perth Test.

Shane Watson in 23rd (down a place) and Nathan Lyon in 29th (down by four) were the only bowlers to slip in the latest bowlers' rankings.

South Africa spinner Robin Peterson, who returned figures of three for 44 and three for 127, has re-entered the rankings in 78th.

Jacques Kallis continues to head the all-rounders' table followed by Shakib Al Hasan in second and Shane Watson in third place.