LONDON: Pakistanís young batsman Azhar Ali has vowed to continue working hard in a bid to further improve his batting after catapulting himself to number 55 in the world Test rankings.
Azhar hit an unbeaten 92 in the first innings of The Oval Test, which was one of the reasons behind Pakistanís memorable four-wicket triumph in the third Test against England.
ďIím really pleased that my innings helped my team and will continue working hard in order to give my best for Pakistan,Ē said Azhar.
According to the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, Pakistanís Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal and Azhar, and Englandís Alastair Cook and Matt Prior all rose up in the rankings.
Yousuf, who scored 56 and 33, has climbed two places to 14th position with Indiaís Gautam Gambhir firmly within his sights, Umar has jumped six places to share 41st position with Australiaís Phillip Hughes and Azhar has vaulted 28 places to 55th spot.
England opener Cookís century in the second innings has given him share of 28th position with Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies while Prior has gained two places to rise to 33rd position following his knock of 84 not out in the first innings.
Kamran Akmal, Pakistanís embattled wicketkeeper, has gone down in the rankings after scoring three ducks in his last four Test innings.
Batsmen losing ground in the latest rankings are Kevin Pietersen on 21st (down by one place), Andrew Strauss on 23rd (down by two places), Paul Collingwood on 30th (down by seven places), Kamran Akmal on 49th (down by four places) and Eoin Morgan on 64th (down by seven places).
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara leads the batting table with Virender Sehwag of India second and Michael Clarke of Australia third.
There is no change in the top five of the ICC Player rankings for Test all-rounders with Jacques Kallis of South Africa leading the field.
Meanwhile, Englandís four-wicket defeat has ended its chances of moving ahead of fourth-placed Australia in the ICC Test Championship.
Although the Championship table will be updated after the end of the series, England had needed to win the series by 3-0 or better to climb to fourth position.
Now if England wins the Lordís Test, it will gain one ratings point and will go to 112 but in case of a defeat, it will slip to 108 ratings points.
Pakistan, in contrast, will drop to 83 ratings points if England wins the series 3-1 but will jump to 90 ratings points if the series end in a two-all draw