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Sachin drops to lowest Test rankings in 13 years

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Dubai, Mar 24 (UNI) Barracking in his home turf and an impending shoulder surgery are clearly not the only setbacks for Sachin Tendulkar who dropped to his lowest Test ranking and rating in the batting list for 13 years.

Sachin's slide down the list reflects the fact the England series was the third in succession where he failed to average 40 runs per innings and there are two Indian batsmen ahead of him in the rankings -- captain Rahul Dravid at fifth and Virender Sehwag at number 10.

Sachin, who became India's most capped Test cricketer when he appeared in the third Test, has dropped four places to 16th in the latest LG ICC Player Rankings for batsmen issued today.

The defeat in Mumbai, however, made it a forgettable 100th Test for Dravid who drops one place in the list.

Meanwhile, it was contrasting fortunes for England's stand-in skipper Andrew Flintoff.

Named man of the series in the shared three-match Test series between India and England, Flintoff has moved up in the batting and bowling lists and is closing in on the number one spot in the all-rounder's table.

Flintoff is sixth in the LG ICC Player Rankings for bowlers, up one place after taking four wickets at the Wankhede Stadium, and is now just three rating points behind England's leading bowler in the list, Matthew Hoggard.

With the bat, Flintoff's twin half-centuries in Mumbai saw him rise two places to 24th position and he now has a career-best haul of rating points, while he is just 13 points behind South Africa's Jacques Kallis in the all-rounder's list.

England once again have two players in the batting top 20 with Andrew Strauss moving back up the table thanks to his first hundred in five Tests over the winter. The left-hander rises nine places to 12th, just behind Marcus Trescothick (9th), who missed the series for personal reasons.

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