While James Willstrop maintains his grip on top position in the new December Dunlop PSA Men's World Rankings, it is England team-mate Peter Barker who has major cause for celebration after moving up to a career-high fifth place in the list published today by the PSA.

One of the most consistent players on the PSA Tour, Barker has reached at least the quarter-finals in 13 PSA World Series events in a row since January last year - a feat unequalled by any other player.

"I'm delighted to hear I've moved up to number five - it's a goal I've wanted to achieve for some time," said the 29-year-old Londoner (pictured) on hearing the news.

"I'm pleased my consistency has paid off, but it's now time to progress further than the quarter finals and challenge the guys above me!

"Obviously, a continued thanks to those who support me - you know who you are - and without you, I wouldn't be at a career-high."

England now boast three players in the world top five, with Nick Matthew holding onto second position - but only by a single point (in more than 950) above Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.

While Matthew took a break from the Tour last month, Gaultier won the 22nd title of his career at the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas - two weeks after beating Matthew in October's final of the NetSuite Open in San Francisco.

Egypt's Omar Mosaad also records a career-high ranking this month. The 24-year-old from Cairo reached the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas final, then the semi-finals of the EBS Dayton Open - and now moves up two places to No8.

Spain's Borja Golan leaps an impressive five places to No13 - just three positions away from the career-high he achieved in 2009 before being side-lined by a serious knee injury. The 29-year-old from Santiago de Compostela notched up the 27th Tour title of his career last month at the EBS Dayton Open in the USA.

The top 20 also welcome back the Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller. The 23-year-old from Zurich continues to make progress on the Tour after becoming the highest-ranked Swiss player of all-time - and now rises three places to No20.

December 2012 top 20 (inc. points average):

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Pts

1

[1]

James Willstrop

ENG

1,082

2

[2]

Nick Matthew

ENG

996

3

[3]

Gregory Gaultier

FRA

995

4

[4]

Ramy Ashour

EGY

894

5

[6]

Peter Barker

ENG

539

6

[7]

Mohamed El Shorbagy

EGY

531

7

[5]

Karim Darwish

EGY

511

8

[11]

Omar Mosaad

EGY

440

9

[8]

Amr Shabana

EGY

415

10

[10]

Daryl Selby

ENG

412

11

[9]

Laurens Jan Anjema

NED

373

12

[14]

Tom Richards

ENG

360

13

[18]

Borja Golan

ESP

347

14

[13]

Tarek Momen

EGY

339

15

[16]

Simon Rosner

GER

338

16

[12]

Alister Walker

BOT

336

17

[15]

Hisham Mohd Ashour

EGY

303

18

[19]

Adrian Grant

ENG

299

19

[17]

Cameron Pilley

AUS

276

20

[23]

Nicolas Mueller

SUI

253