Ponting, Warne lead Test rankings

Dubai: In an Australian double, skipper Ricky Ponting and leg-spinning maestro Shane Warne took top honours in the latest ICC Test batting and bowling rankings.

Ponting's century in the second cricket Test against South Africa in Melbourne propelled him to the top of the batting charts while Warne's six wickets in the same match helped him upstage compatriot Glenn McGrath in the bowlers' rankings.

The Australian captain reached the top for the first time in his career displacing South African Jacques Kallis, whose mediocre performance at the MCG dropped him to fifth position on the chart.

Caribbean legend Brian Lara and Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq gained one place each to be second and third. Among Indians, skipper Rahul Dravid lost one position to take sixth while Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar kept their seventh and ninth spots respectively. Warne, who set the record for the most number of Test wickets in a calendar year (96) in 2005, exchanged places with McGrath in the latest bowling rankings. Sri Lankan wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is third.- PTI

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