Amla, Ballance, Moeen shoot up rankings

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Hashim Amla of South Africa has returned to the top three, Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best ranking and Ian Bell of England has earned a place in the top 20 of the latest ICC player rankings.

Hashim Amla of South Africa has returned to the top three, Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best ranking and Ian Bell of England has earned a place in the top 20 of the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen.

Amla, who scored 139 not out and 25 in Colombo to inspire his side back to the number-one Test ranking, earned 34 ratings points for his achievement, which helped him leapfrog Australia's David Warner and Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies into third position.

He trailed second-ranked Kumar Sangakkara by 11 ratings points, while AB de Villiers was sitting on top of the tree on 899 ratings points.

Mathews led his side's spirited fightback in the second Test when he scored 63 and 63 not out. This performance gave him a lift of four places to a career-high sixth position.

Mahela Jayawardene's 165 was the cornerstone of Sri Lanka's 421 in the first innings and for this effort, the former Sri Lanka captain not only won the man of the match award but was also given a rise of four places that put him in 14th spot.

At Rose Bowl, England's colossal first innings total of 569 for seven declared revolved around Ian Bell's 167, Gary Ballance's 156, captain Alastair Cook's 95 and debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler's 85.

In the second innings, Cook contributed 70 not out, Ballance chipped in with 38 and Bell scored 23. As such, there were no surprises when the latest rankings reflected significant changes to their respective rankings.

Bell gained five places to return to the top 20 in 19th position, Ballance rocketed 16 places to a career-best 31st spot, Cook moved up seven places to 22nd spot and Buttler made an entry on the table in 63rd spot.

The only positive news for the India batsmen was the improvement in Ajinkya Rahane's rankings. The middle-order batsman scored 54 and 52 not out to rise nine places to a career-best 26th position.

Sri Lanka spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera led the bowlers' charge in the rankings for Test bowlers while James Anderson and Moeen Ali of England also headed in the right direction.

Herath had figures of four for 71 and five for 40 and these performances gave him a push of seven places to put him in eight position. Off-spinner Perera had match figures of eight for 129 and he was rewarded with a jump of 10 places that put him in career-best 29th place.

Anderson, who collected the man of the match award for his five for 53 and two for 24, moved up one place to seventh, while Moeen's second innings figures of six for 67 that spun India out for 178 after being set a target of 445, stormed 34 places to 38th position.

India's Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also improved their rankings. After gaining three places, Jadeja was in 25th spot while Kumar moved to 32nd position after rising two places.

South Africa's Dale Steyn led the bowlers' rankings by a distance. The 31-year-old fast bowler took four wickets in the Colombo Test and though he dropped three ratings points, he still led his closest rival Ryan Harris of Australia by 33 ratings points.

There was no change in the top five of the rankings for Test All-rounders with South Africa's Vernon Philander leading Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh by one ratings point.

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