Clarke tops Test batting ranks

Sportal November 27, 2012, 7:39 am

Michael Clarke has returned to the top of the Test batting rankings following his record-breaking performance against South Africa.

The Australian captain hit 230 runs in the first innings of the second Test in Adelaide, which ended in a pulsating draw on Monday.

Clarke's innings saw him become the first batsman in history to produce four double centuries in a calendar year.

The 31-year-old regains top place at the expense of Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who moves into third following his player-of-the-series display in Bangladesh.

South African duo Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla round out the top five.

England captain Alastair Cook and team-mate Kevin Pietersen climbed into sixth and seventh respectively after both scored tons in their second Test victory against India.

Australia's David Warner was one of the biggest movers in the rankings, rising 11 places to 36th.

In the bowling standings, South African paceman Dale Steyn retained the No.1 spot ahead of Pakistani Saeed Ajmal, with South Africa's Vernon Philander third.

English spinner Graeme Swann rose six places to sixth after taking eight wickets against India.

Australian Nathan Lyon improved to a career-best ranking of 24th, fellow spinner Monty Panesar of England moved to 25th and West Indies paceman Tino Best surged into 42nd - a rise of 14 positions.

The Test rankings remain unchanged with South Africa, England and Australia occupying the top three spots.

1) Michael Clarke, 2) Kumar Sangakarra, 3) Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 4) Jacques Kallis, 5) Hashim Amla, 6) Alastair Cook, 7) Kevin Pietersen, 8) A.B de Villiers, 9) Younis Khan, 10) Azhar Ali

1) Dale Steyn, 2) Saeed Ajmal, 3) Vernon Philander, 4) Rangana Herath, 5) Pragyan Ojha, 6) Graeme Swann, 7) Ben Hilfenhaus, 8) Morne Morkel, 9) Peter Siddle, 10) Jimmy Anderson

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  1. Roger10:33am Tuesday 27th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Daniel: What say you now? The rankings are #$%$ perhaps?




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