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Tendulkar maintains 12th spot in Test rankings

Sachin Tendulkar remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the 12th spot in the latest ICC Test charts released on Tuesday.

With 749 points to his kitty, Tendulkar shares the 12th spot with Azhar Ali of Pakistan in the batsmen's chart which is headed by West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul who extended his advantage over South African AB de Villiers.

Among the bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha are the only two Indians in the top-20.

A maiden 10-wicket haul by England fast bowler Stuart Broad gave him a career-best ranking of joint third after his side beat the West Indies by five wickets at Lord's to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

For his match haul of 11-165, Broad, who was short-listed for the 2008 ICC Emerging Player of the Year Award at the LG ICC Awards, earned 34 ratings points which not only gave him a share of third place with Anderson but also put the two fast bowlers 52 ratings points behind second-placed Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan.

With off-spinner Graeme Swann sitting in fifth position after slipping one place following his match figures of three for 111, England now has three bowlers inside the top five.

The bowlers' list is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn.

Among batsmen, Chnaderpaul extended his advantage over de Villiers to 57 ratings points.

Chanderpaul, who lifted the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named as the 2008 ICC Cricketer of the Year, had entered the Test with a lead over de Villiers of just six ratings points and over third-ranked Jacques Kallis of eight ratings points.

However, after scores of 87 not out and 91, the 37-year-old Guyana batsman has not only consolidated his number-one raking, he is now 22 ratings points away from breaking the 900-point mark yet again, which in ranking terms is the benchmark for any batsman. Chanderpaul last achieved a career-best rating of 901 after scoring 126 not out against New Zealand in December 2008 in Napier.
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