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    Younis Khan moves up in Test rankings

    Dubai: Pakistan batting's mainstay Younis Khan has charged up the ICC rankings for Test batsmen after scoring a double-century in the first Test against Bangladesh that set up an innings and 184-run victory.

    The 34-year-old, whose triple-century against Sri Lanka at Karachi in February 2009 had put him in the No.1 position, now has moved up 11 places to claim fifth place behind Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, South Africa's Jacques Kallis and England duo, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.

    Australia opener David Warner is the biggest mover in the rankings for Test batsmen, as his unbeaten century in Hobart has lifted him 131 places to 70th position.

    Among the bowlers, New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell's stellar showing in their sensational seven-run victory in the Hobart Test has lifted him 50 places to 39th position.

    The 21-year-old Bracewell had figures of 3-20 and 6-40, which turned out to be the cornerstone of New Zealand's first Test victory in Australia in 26 years.

    Bracewell is now New Zealand's third highest-ranked bowler after Daniel Vettori (seventh) and Chris Martin (up by one place to 16th).

    The other notable bowlers from the Hobart Test to improve their rankings are Australia's new-ball pair of James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.

    Siddle has gained three places and is now in 13th while Pattinson has jumped 31 places to 41st following his eight-wicket haul. The bowlers' list is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn, with England's James Anderson second and Morne Morkel of South Africa third.

    England lead the Test Championship table with 125 points.

    South Africa and Sri Lanka go head to head in the three-Test series at Centurion from Thursday, with both the sides eyeing upward movement.

    South Africa currently sit in third position on 116 ratings points, one behind India, while Sri Lanka are in fifth spot, 17 ratings points behind. If South Africa win the series by 2-0 or better, they could leapfrog India into second position, while Sri Lanka's victory by 1-0 or better might put them ahead of Australia in fourth position. The teams ranking on the Championship table will largely depend on how the Australia-India series pans out.