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ICC Test Bowler Rankings Herath jumps to fifth place

Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has returned to the top five of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after registering his seventh 10-wicket haul which helped Sri Lanka to win the third Test by 163 runs and the series 3-0.

Herath, 38, recorded figures of six for 81 and seven for 64 in the Colombo Test, which has helped him to move three places up to fifth in the latest rankings which were released yesterday.

This is Herath's highest-ranking since he achieved fourth spot following the Wellington Test against New Zealand in January 2015.
The bowlers' list is headed by England's James Anderson, who leads India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin by 12 points.

Dale Steyn, who will feature in the upcoming series against New Zealand, is third, 17 points behind the India off-spinner.
Colombo Test centurions Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva have also made significant gains in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

Chandimal rose six slots to reach 17th spot in a list which is headed by Australia Captain Steve Smith, while de Silva has shot up 30 places to 37th position.

Kaushal Silva, who scored 115 in the second innings, has also moved up nine places to 39th on the rankings.
For Australia, opener David Warner has gained one place to share ninth spot with New Zealand's Ross Taylor, while Shaun Marsh, who struck the first century for Australia on the Sri Lanka tour in Colombo, has jumped 13 places to reach 33rd rank.
(ICC)

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