Ian Bell and Stuart Broad climb ICC rankings

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad
Bell (l) and Broad have both climbed the ICC rankings

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad have risen up the International Cricket Council Test player rankings after England's 319-run victory over India at Trent Bridge.

Bell's 159 has seen him break into the top five of the batsmen's list with a career-high rating.

Broad, who was man of the match and took a hat-trick, is now ranked third on the best all-rounder list and seventh in the bowlers' standings.

England currently lead the four-match Test series 2-0.

Paceman Tim Bresnan rose 14 places to 25th in the bowling rankings after picking up his maiden Test match five-wicket haul, while his 90 in the second innings has helped him to 13th in the all-rounder list.

Of the other pace bowlers, Jimmy Anderson remains second, while Chris Tremlett, who missed the second Test, is 10th.

In the batting standings, Alastair Cook has fallen six places to 11th, with Jonathan Trott slipping two spots to fourth.

India's Rahul Dravid, who made his second hundred of the series, has risen four places to joint 11th.

Sachin Tendulkar (third), VVS Laxman (ninth) and Virender Sehwag (10th) remain in the top 10, with Sehwag set to join up with the tourists after missing the first two Tests to recover from shoulder surgery.

Sehwag's fellow opener Gautam Gambhir, who injured his elbow while fielding in the opening Test at Lord's and missed the match at Trent Bridge, is also likely to return to the starting line-up for the third Test at Edgbaston, beginning on 10 August.

A series win of two Tests or more in the four-match series will see Andrew Strauss's men replace India as the number one side in the world.

You can see the full ICC rankings here.external-link

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