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England hero Matt Prior vaults into the top 10 of the latest ICC batting rankings

Matt Prior: Climbing in the rankings after fine effort in Auckland

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Matt Prior has moved into the top 10 of latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for the first-time.

The England wicket-keeper's rise comes on the back of his stirring unbeaten 110 in the Auckland Test, spearheading a thrilling final day rearguard action to secure a draw and deny New Zealand a series win.

The century, his seventh in Tests, helped him jump four places to 10th position with a best-ever 745 ratings points.

Captain Alastair Cook is the only other Englishman in the top ten, stays in sixth place, with Hashim Amla topping the standings ahead of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and AB de Villiers.

In the bowling rankings, the South African duo Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander remain the top-rated performers.

James Anderson is the highest-ranked Englishman with 740 points, seven ahead of Graeme Swann who - despite missing the three Tests in New Zealand - remains in eighth place, in front of Morne Morkel and India's Pragyan Ojha.

BATTING RANKINGS

1 H Amla 903

2 S Chanderpaul 880

3 AB de Villiers 879

4 K Sangakkara 866

5 M Clarke 860

6 A Cook 792

7 C Pujara 777

8 J Kallis 756

9 Y Khan 748

10 M Prior 745

BOWLING RANKINGS

1 D Steyn 905

2 V Philander 890

3 R Herath 831

4 S Ajmal 819

5 P Siddle 776

6 R Ashwin 757

7 J Anderson 740

8 G Swann 733

9 M Morkel 715

10 P Ojha 706