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Muralitharan tops bowler ratings for first time

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan’s 13-wicket haul in the second test against Zimbabwe put him top of the world bowling ratings for the first time on Monday.

Muralitharan, who replaces Australia’s Glenn McGrath at number one, also currently tops the one-day ratings.

Following Australia’s 3-0 test whitewash of South Africa, Matthew Hayden heads a pack of four Australian batsmen in the top 10.

Hayden moved up to fourth to overtake Steve Waugh (6th), while Justin Langer (9th) and Damien Martyn (10th) have also hit their career-best point levels.

Top 10 batsmen:

Player Team Points Average

1. Brian Lara West Indies 905 50.49

2. Sachin Tendulkar India 880 57.96

3. Andy Flower Zimbabwe 857 54.73

4. Matthew Hayden Australia 846 47.58

5. Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan 818 47.73

6. Steve Waugh Australia 805 50.82

7. M.Jayawardene Sri Lanka 796 47.96

8. Jacques Kallis South Africa 794 47.93

9. Justin Langer Australia 787 44.85

10. Damien Martyn Australia 783 54.34

Top 10 bowlers:

Player Team Points Average

1. Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 909 23.84

2. Glenn McGrath Australia 905 22.00

3. Shaun Pollock South Africa 901 20.72

4. Allan Donald South Africa 742 22.10

5. Darren Gough England 724 27.57

6. Shane Warne Australia 704 26.72

7. Chris Cairns New Zealand 699 28.91

8. Jason Gillespie Australia 690 25.37

9. Waqar Younis Pakistan 686 23.02

10. Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 678 29.45


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