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    Philander achieves career-best ranking

    Dubai: South Africa’s Vernon Philander played a pivotal role in South Africa’s 51-run win over England at Lord’s this week with seven wickets, and has now jumped to second place in the ICC Test bowler rankings, his highest ranking.Philander had figures of 2 for 48 and five for 30 in the third Test, which South Africa won to grab the No. 1 Test team ranking from England. He now sits ahead of Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and 29 ratings points behind his team-mate, Dale Steyn. Philander was Man of the Match not only for his wickets but for crucial innings of 35 and 61, which moved him 40 places in the rankings for batsmen and put him at 29th place. The 27-year-old s success at Lord’s has also moved him to seventh in the allrounder’s rankings, a jump of 14 places. England fast bowler Steven Finn broke into the top 20 bowlers’ list for the first time in his career after a match haul of 8 for 149. He now sits at 16th – a jump of ten places – and is the fourth England player in that select group after James Anderson (fifth), Stuart Broad (eighth), Graeme Swann (13th) and Tim Bresnan (20th). In the batsman rankings after the Lord’s Test, Hashim Amla – named Player of the Series after scoring 482 runs at 120.50 – has reclaimed second place for the first time since February 2010. Kumar Sangakkara occupies the top spot with a lead of 23 ratings points. JP Duminy, with scores of 61 and 26 not out, moved up seven places to 53rd and Jonny Bairstow’s innings of 95 and 54 moved him up 101 places to 69th. In the rankings for Test allrounders, Jacques Kallis’ drop put Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan back at No. 1.