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Clarke takes over as No 1 Test batsman
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Clarke takes over as No 1 Test batsman

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Dubai, Nov 26 (IBNS) Michael Clarke has regained the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after producing a spectacular performance in the second cricket Test between Australia and South Africa which ended in a thrilling draw in Adelaide on Monday.


The 31-year-old captain scored a masterly 230 in the first innings, his fourth double-century of the year, which has earned him 33 ratings points and has helped him leapfrog Kumar Sangkkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa duo of Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis into the number-one position.

This is the third time Clarke has moved to the top of the table. He first achieved the number-one ranking in August 2009 and then again surged to the top earlier this year in March-April.

Unfortunately, both the times his stay at the top has been brief Ė a possibility which still exists as he leads Sangakkara by a slender 10 ratings points margin.

If Sangakkara manages to turn around the first innings failure into a strong performance in the second innings of the ongoing second Test against New Zealand in Colombo, then he has a good chance to reclaim the coveted spot which had snatched from West Indiesí Shivnarine Chanderpaul in July.

Clarke had started the year in 20th position and has made his way to the top scoring 1,309 runs to date at an average of 119. Apart from Clarke, Ricky Ponting (24th, down by three) and Michael Hussey (12th, down by one) are the other two current Australia team players who have tasted number-one positions in the past.

But Clarke is not the only player who has vaulted up the rankings. All the players who produced good performances in the just-concluded three Tests in Adelaide, Mumbai and Khulna, have been rewarded with rises in the latest rankings, which were released on Monday afternoon.

Batsmen to make upward movements include Chanderpaul, Englandís Kevin Pietersen, West Indiesí Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, Indiaís Cheteshwar Pujara and David Warner of Australia.

Chanderpaul, ICCís Cricketer of the Year in 2008, has moved up to third after rising two places following his 150 not out in the West Indiesí 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Khulna while his team-mates Samuels and Bravo have also been rewarded for posting big scores.

Samuels, who scored 260, has broken to the top 20 for the first time in his career after rising 11 places to 20th position while Bravo has gained three places following his 127 and is now in 22nd position.

Pietersen was at his brilliant best on a Wankhede Stadium turning track and scored one of the finest centuries of his career by slapping 20 fours and four sixes in a 223-ball 186 that laid the foundation of Englandís series-leveling 10-wicket victory.

For this heroic effort, which also earned him the man of the match award, Pietersen has earned a jump of six places which has put him in seventh position.

This is Pietersenís highest ranking since February 2009 and makes him the second England batsman after Alastair Cook (sixth, up by one) inside the top 10.

Faf du Plessis and Abul Hasan have made dreams Test debuts in different parts of the world. South African du Plessis followed up his 78 in the first innings with a match-saving unbeaten 110 and has entered the rankings in 56th position while Abul Hasan of Bangladesh has been rewarded for becoming the first Bangladeshi debutant to score a century at number-10 position by earning a 83rd position.

There is good news for the bowlers as well in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.

Englandís Graeme Swann has bounced back into the top 10 after grabbing eight wickets in Mumbai. The crafty spinner has jumped six places to not only claim sixth place but has once again become the highest-ranked England bowler ahead of James Anderson (10th, down by four places).

Swannís new-ball partner Monty Panesar was in a class of his own while registering match figures of 69-15-210-11. For this marvellous performance against some of the very best players of spin bowling, Panesar has been rewarded with a jump of nine places which has put him in 29th position.

Nathan Lyon of Australia and West Indiesí Tino Best also figure in the list of biggest movers. Lyonís five wickets in the match has lifted him eight places to a career-best 24th position while Bestís second innings figures of six for 30 was the cornerstone of his 14-place rise to 42nd spot.

Reliance ICC Test Championship

The drawn Test in Adelaide means number-one position on the Reliance ICC Test Championship will be up for grabs when Australia and South Africa lock horns in the third and final Test that starts in Perth on Friday.

While South Africa requires a draw to retain the Test Championship mace, victory in Perth will help Australia reclaim the number-one Test spot for the first time since July 2009, irrespective of how the India-England Test series pans out.

Meanwhile, the West Indies has earned a point on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table after winning the series against Bangladesh by 2-0.

The Test Championship table will now be updated the end of Sri Lanka-New Zealand Test series.

Forthcoming Tests

30 Nov-4 Dec Ė Australia v South Africa (3rd Test), Perth
5-9 Dec Ė India v England (3rd Test), Kolkata


Reliance ICC Test Championship table (after the conclusion of Bangladesh-West Indies Test series)

Rank Team Points
1. South Africa 120

2. England 117

3. Australia 116

4. Pakistan 109

5. India 106

6. Sri Lanka 98

7. West Indies 91

8. New Zealand 76

9. Bangladesh 0


Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 167 points and a rating of 42.

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Rankings (as on 26 November, after Adelaide, Mumbai and Khulna Tests)

Batsmen

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
1 (+3) Michael Clarke Aus 890! 52.15 890 v SA at Adelaide 2012
2 (-1) K.Sangakkara SL 880 56.44 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
3 (+2) S.Chanderpaul WI 879 51.67 901 v NZ at Napier 2008
4 (-1) Jacques Kallis SA 855 57.26 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
5 (-3) Hashim Amla SA 845 49.66 876 v Aus at Brisbane 2012
6 (+1) Alastair Cook Eng 835 49.37 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
7 (+6) Kevin Pietersen Eng 788 49.86 909 v WI at Headingley 2007
8 (-2) AB de Villiers SA 782 48.48 821 v Eng at The Oval 2012
9 (-1) Younus Khan Pak 761 51.69 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
10 (-1) Azhar Ali Pak 753! 45.27 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
11 (-1) Graeme Smith SA 751 49.52 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
12 (-1) Mike Hussey Aus 746 50.98 921 v WI at Kingston 2008
13 (-1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 720 45.68 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012
14 (-1) M.Jayawardene SL 715 50.62 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
15 ( - ) T.Samaraweera SL 708 50.96 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012
16 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 701 41.80 775 v Pak at Wellington 2009
17 (+1) Matt Prior Eng 689 43.04 698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012
18= (+2) Ian Bell Eng 669 46.24 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
(-1) S.Tendulkar Ind 669 54.60 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
20 (+11) Marlon Samuels WI 668! 37.36 668 v Ban at Khulna 2012

Selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
21 (+3) C. Pujara Ind 665*! 71.10 665 v Eng at Mumbai 2012
22= (-3) Jonathan Trott Eng 661 48.08 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
(+3) Darren Bravo WI 661* 46.77 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012
24 (-3) Ricky Ponting Aus 648 52.21 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006
25 (-3) Virender Sehwag Ind 647 50.51 866 v SL at Galle 2010
28 (-1) Chris Gayle WI 612 42.08 755 v SL at Galle 2010
(+2) Alviro Petersen SA 612* 41.68 613 v Eng at Headingley 2012
31 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 603! 35.98 603 v WI at Khulna 2012
32 (-4) Tamim Iqbal Ban 596 37.70 707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
36 (+11) David Warner Aus 567* 44.35 568 v Ind at Perth 2012
37 ( - ) G. Gambhir Ind 560 44.13 886 v SL at Kanpur 2009
38 (-4) Virat Kohli Ind 551* 38.10 589 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012
40 (-2) Mahendra Dhoni Ind 538 37.69 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
45 (-2) M. Rahim Ban 504 28.85 584 v Eng at Chittagong 2010
49 ( - ) Ed Cowan Aus 476* 35.53 494 v SA at Brisbane 2012


Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge HS Rating
1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 858 23.98 902 v SL at Centurion 2011
2= (+1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 832 27.09 836 v SL at Galle 2012
( - ) Vernon Philander SA 832* 17.60 852 v Eng at Lord's 2012
4 ( - ) Rangana Herath SL 828! 30.26 828 v NZ at Galle 2012
5 ( - ) Pragyan Ojha Ind 767*! 30.46 767 v Eng at Mumbai 2012
6 (+6) Graeme Swann Eng 755 29.04 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010
7 (-1) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 752* 28.48 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012
8 (+1) Morne Morkel SA 741 30.29 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
9 (-1) Peter Siddle Aus 740 29.89 768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012
10 (-4) 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 (-2) 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 (+1) Chris Martin NZ 610 33.97 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012
17 (-1) Steven Finn Eng 609* 28.15 621 v SA at Lord's 2012
18 (+1) Umar Gul Pak 584 33.66 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012
19 (+1) Ryan Harris Aus 575* 23.63 614 v WI at Bridgetown 2012
20 (+1) Daniel Vettori NZ 571 34.42 681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

Selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge HS Rating
23 (-5) R.Ashwin Ind 551* 30.23 595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012
24 (+8) Nathan Lyon Aus 548*! 29.13 548 v SA at Adelaide 2012
25 (-1) Harbhajan Singh Ind 537 32.27 765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
27 (+1) Darren Sammy WI 523* 34.31 568 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012
28 (+2) Fidel Edwards WI 522 37.87 590 v Eng at Lord's 2009
29 (+9) Monty Panesar Eng 521 32.31 721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007
34 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 482 32.57 742 v Eng at Headingley 2003
35 (-2) Ravi Rampaul WI 465* 34.79 470 v Ban at Mirpur 2012
42 (+14) Tino Best WI 419*! 35.97 419 v Ban at Khulna 2012

All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating
1 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 412 616 v Pak at Durban 2002
2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 387 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
3 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 321 /* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011
4 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 302 412 v Pak at Napier 2009
5 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 279 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating



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