Johnson's ranking rise boosts Ashes chances

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Australia veteran fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is back in the top 10 of the ICC ODI bowling rankings after he jumped six places to eighth in the latest update, surely boosting his chances of a Test recall for the return Ashes.

Australia veteran fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is back in the top 10 of the ICC ODI bowling rankings after he jumped six places to eighth in the latest update, surely boosting his chances of a Test recall for the return Ashes.

The latest rankings were released on Tuesday after Australia beat England by 49 runs in the fifth and final ODI at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Monday night to claim the series 2-1.

Johnson picked up five wickets in the series against England and returned to the top 10 for the first time since October 2011, when he was ranked fourth. This will validated the calls from Glenn McGrath et al, who feel Johnson should be part of the Tests against England in November, after he missed out on the recent series.

The ODI list is still jointly headed by India's Ravindra Jadeja and the West Indies' Sunil Narine, with Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal in third place.

Meanwhile, Australia's George Bailey has entered the top 10 of the ODI batting rankings for the first time ever. Bailey jumped five places to ninth, after scoring 173 runs in the series against England.

Shane Watson, player of the match for his knock of 143 in the fifth and final ODI, ended the series with a run tally of 187 and is now back in the top 10 of the batting table after moving up one place to 10th.

Watson's effort with the bat and his three wickets in the series also helped him move up two places to third in the rankings for ODI all-rounders, still headed by Mohammad Hafeez, with Bangladesh's Shakib-al-Hasan in second place.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke, who was named the player of the series for scoring 202 runs, also moved up a place to 11th in the ODI rankings. England captain Eoin Morgan was the only batsman from his side to move upwards, to 18th spot (up by two).

The ODI batting list is still headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla with his captain AB de Villiers in second place and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara in third position.

Meanwhile, Australia retained their position as the number-two ranked side on the ODI team list after winning the fifth ODI. The series started off as a battle for the number-two spot, with the incumbent Australia needing to win the series to retain their spot.

The series win means that Australia have gained one ratings point to move up to 115 ratings points and solidify their hold on the number two position, while England dropped one ratings point to finish at 111, level with Sri Lanka.

However, England are ranked above Sri Lanka when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal. World champion India are still sitting on the top of the tree with 123 ratings points, eight points clear of the Aussies.

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