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ICC Rankings: South Africa players on the rise
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ICC Rankings: SA players on the rise

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Dubai, Dec 4 (IBNS) South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved within four ratings points of becoming the number-one ranked batsman in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for Test batsmen which were released on Tuesday, at the end of the series between Australia and South Africa.


Amla, who was declared man of the match in the Perth Test, has moved up two places to third position with 875 ratings points following his match-winning knock of 196 in the second innings of the series-decider.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is now the top-ranked batsman with 879 ratings points. Australia captain Michael Clarke, who made five and 44, has slipped to second position after regaining the number-one spot last week at the conclusion of the Adelaide Test.

Although four ratings points separate the top three batsmen, Clarke will have the first shot at regaining the number-one position when he leads his side in the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Hobart on 14 December.

South Africa will return to the Test arena next year when it plays New Zealand in the first Test in Cape Town on 2 January, while the West Indies is not scheduled to play a Test until March when it will host Zimbabwe for a two-Test series.

AB de Villiers, who was the other centurion in the Perth Test, has also moved up two places to seventh.

Among the bowlers, Dale Steyn continues to lead the table. Vernon Philander has moved up a place to jointly hold the second spot with Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath.

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has also moved up a spot to seventh.

For Australia, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has returned to the top 20 after moving up three places to twentieth position.

The biggest mover in the bowlers' table is Mitchell Starc who has now moved up 21 places to 53rd. Starc was rewarded for his spells of two for 55 and six for 154 in the Perth Test.

Shane Watson in 23rd (down a place) and Nathan Lyon in 29th (down by four) were the only bowlers to slip in the latest bowlers' rankings.

South Africa spinner Robin Peterson, who returned figures of three for 44 and three for 127, has re-entered the rankings in 78th.

Jacques Kallis continues to head the all-rounders' table followed by Shakib Al Hasan in second and Shane Watson in third place.

End of an era

Australia batsman Ricky Ponting has ended his Test career in 26th position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Ponting achieved the number-one ranking for the first time in his career in December 2003 when he stroked 257 against India in the Boxing Day Test which helped Australia win the Test by nine wickets and the four-Test series 2-0.

The 37-year-old achieved his career-best rating of 942 in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide in December 2006 when he scored 142 and 49 in Australia’s six wickets victory.

This rating put him third alongside Jack Hobbs and behind Sir Don Bradman (961) and Len Hutton (945) on the all-time list of Test-best ratings.

Ponting also ended his ODI career in 39th position in the Reliance ICC ODI batting rankings. Ponting first topped the ODI rankings on 18 May 2003 when he scored 57 against the West Indies in the second ODI at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 4 December after the Test series between Australia and South Africa)


Batsmen


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking



1 (+1) S.Chanderpaul WI 879 51.67 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

2 (-1) Michael Clarke Aus 878 51.72 890 v SA at Adelaide 2012

3 (+2) Hashim Amla SA 875 50.69 876 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

4 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 848 55.89 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

5 (+1) Alastair Cook Eng 835 49.37 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

6 (-3) Jacques Kallis SA 823 56.92 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

7 (+2) AB de Villiers SA 808 49.11 821 v Eng at The Oval 2012

8 (-1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 788 49.86 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

9 (-1) Ross Taylor NZ 785! 43.57 785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

10 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 761 51.69 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

11 ( - ) Azhar Ali Pak 753! 45.27 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

12 ( - ) Graeme Smith SA 749 49.53 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

13 ( - ) Mike Hussey Aus 728 50.44 921 v WI at Kingston 2008

14 ( - ) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 720 45.68 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

15 ( - ) T Samaraweera SL 703 50.78 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012

16 ( - ) Matt Prior Eng 689 43.04 698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

17 ( - ) M Jayawardena SL 682 50.18 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

18= ( - ) Ian Bell Eng 669 46.24 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

( - ) Sachin Tendulkar Ind 669 54.60 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

20 ( - ) Marlon Samuels WI 668! 37.36 668 v Ban at Khulna 2012

21 ( - ) C Pujara Ind 665*! 71.10 665 v Eng at Mumbai 2012



Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking



26 (-2) Ricky Ponting Aus 620 51.85 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

36 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 561 36.92 729 v Eng at Perth 2010

37 ( - ) David Warner Aus 560* 41.89 568 v Ind at Perth 2012

50 (-1) Ed Cowan Aus 490* 34.47 494 v SA at Brisbane 2012

91 (+5) Vernon Philander SA 289*! 20.53 289 v Aus at Perth 2012

92 (-2) Mitchell Johnson Aus 288 21.26 477 v Eng at Lord's 2009

94 (+35) Mitchell Starc Aus 286*! 43.75 286 v SA at Perth 2012

96 (NEW) John Hastings Aus 279*! 26.00 279 v SA at Perth 2012

117 (-4) Morne Morkel SA 211 13.80 255 v Ind at Durban 2006

120 (-6) Dale Steyn SA 207 13.90 255 v SL at Cape Town 2012

163 (RE) Robin Peterson SA 105* 24.25 297 v Eng at Edgbaston 2003

214 (NEW) Dean Elgar SA 0* 0.00 0 v Aus at Perth 2012



Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking



1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 880 23.79 902 v SL at Centurion 2011

2= ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 838! 29.67 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

(+1) Vernon Philander SA 838* 17.98 852 v Eng at Lord's 2012

4 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 832 27.09 836 v SL at Galle 2012

5 ( - ) Pragyan Ojha Ind 767*! 30.46 767 v Eng at Mumbai 2012

6 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 755 29.04 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010

7 (+1) Morne Morkel SA 745 30.20 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

8 (-1) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 744* 28.48 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

9 ( - ) Peter Siddle Aus 733 29.89 768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

10 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 727 30.73 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

11 ( - ) Abdur Rehman Pak 704* 28.40 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12 ( - ) Kemar Roach WI 698* 27.69 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

13 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 670 31.93 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

14 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 652 32.14 752 v SA at Durban 2010

15 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 641 32.53 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

16 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 609* 28.15 621 v SA at Lord's 2012

17 ( - ) Chris Martin NZ 604 33.97 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18 ( - ) Umar Gul Pak 584 33.66 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

19 (+1) Tim Southee NZ 572*! 35.04 572 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

20 (+3) Mitchell Johnson Aus 571 31.17 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009



Selected Rankings



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking



23 (-1) Shane Watson Aus 559* 29.20 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

29 (-4) Nathan Lyon Aus 521* 30.64 548 v SA at Adelaide 2012

53 (+21) Mitchell Starc Aus 332*! 29.66 332 v SA at Perth 2012

78 (RE) Robin Peterson SA 192*! 33.40 192 v Aus at Perth 2012



All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking



1 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 388 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 387 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 314/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

4 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 296 412 v Pak at Napier 2009

5 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 279 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012



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