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Sangakkara topples Sehwag to become number one

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has claimed the top spot of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen from India’s Virender Sehwag.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara

The 32-year-old Sangakkara  scored 219 and 42 not out against India in the second Test at Colombo has seen him reclaim the top spot which he previously occupied in 2009.  Sehwag has dropped to second after making 99 runs in the first innings but not batting in the second after the match ended a draw in Colombo on 30 July.

Meanwhile, India’s Sachin Tendulkar has climbed two places to take fourth position in the rankings after his impressive double century during the match.

Sangakkara ’s team-mate Thilan Samaraweera has risen one place to 18th after scoring 76 not out and 10 not out, he has some work to do though if he is to climb back up to his previous highest ranking of 11th place.

England’s Andrew Strauss has just managed to break into the top 20 after captaining his side to victory in the team’s first Test against Pakistan that concluded today (1 August).

Strauss’s team-mate Paul Collingwood has leapt five places to sit in 22nd while vice-captain Alastair Cook has slipped five places to 30th sitting one below India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

England’s Matt Prior has risen to 33rd while Pakistan captain Salman Butt has dropped two places to 34th and Umar Akmal has slipped another six places to occupy 46th position in the table.

England centurion Eoin Morgan has shot up the rankings to 51st position after his strong batting display with Collingwood at Trent Bridge. India’s Test debutant and centurion Suresh Raina has entered the rankings in 60th place after his knock of 120 against Sri Lanka.

In the Player Rankings for Test bowlers, there is no change at the top of the table which is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn followed by Pakistan Mohammad Asif.

However England’s James Anderson has climbed four places to claim fifth place, just behind his team-mate Graeme Swann who is now only 14 ratings points ahead of the fast bowler. Anderson’s 11-74 sees him claim his highest ranking to date.

A disappointing Test match for Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria has seen the spinner drop six places to 21st; it is the first time Kaneria has been outside of the top 20 since 2003.

It is better news for Kaneria’s team-mate Mohammed Amir who has risen four places to 34th after completing the Test with figures of 4-76.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, the table is still headed by South Africa’s Jacques Kallis with New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori in second place.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 1 August after second Test between Sri Lanka and India and first Test between Pakistan and England)

Batsmen

Rank      (+/-)        Player               Team     Points         Ave         HS Rating

1           (+1)         K Sangakkara      SL           882         56.92     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

2           (-1)          Virender Sehwag  Ind          863         54.14     866 v SL at Galle 2010

3           ( – )          M Jayawardena   SL           832         54.34     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

4           (+2)         Sachin Tendulkar                Ind          817         56.08     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

5           (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         814         50.71     855 v Eng at Headingley 2009

6           (-1)          S.Chanderpaul     WI          807         49.28     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

7           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA           791         55.07     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

8           ( – )          Graeme Smith      SA           787         50.49     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

9           (+1)         Simon Katich       Aus         772         46.83     807 v Pak at Lord’s 2010

10         (+1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          766         43.13     775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

11         (-2)          Gautam Gambhir                Ind          765        52.83     886 v SL at Kanpur 2009

12         ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           762 !      45.50     762 v WI at Bridgetown 2010

13         ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA           745         45.10     842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010

14         (+1)         Younus Khan       Pak         732         50.09     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

15         (-1)          VVS Laxman       Ind          727         46.51     753 v Aus at Sydney 2004

16         ( – )          Ricky Ponting       Aus         717         54.66     942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

17         ( – )          Tamim Iqbal        Ban        707*!    40.13     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

18         (+1)         T Samaraweera   SL           703         51.58     747 v Ind at Kanpur 2009

19         (-1)          Rahul Dravid        Ind          679         53.30     892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005

20=       (+3)         Chris Gayle           WI          670         40.31     704 v Eng at Antigua 2009

(+1)         Andrew Strauss    Eng         670         43.59     769 v SA at Johannesburg 2005

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

1            ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           887         23.13     897 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2008

2           ( – )          Mohammad Asif Pak         818 !      23.12     818 v Eng at Headingley 2010

3           ( – )          M Muralidaran    SL           764         22.72     920 v Ban at Kandy 2007

4           ( – )          Graeme Swann    Eng         754*      30.15     786 v Ban at Mirpur 2010

5           (+4)         James Anderson  Eng         740 !      32.52     740 v Pak at Headingley 2010

6           (-1)          Morne Morkel      SA           739*!    30.78     739 v WI at Bridgetown 2010

7           (-1)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         732         28.87     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

8           (-1)          Zaheer Khan        Ind          714         32.98     729 v SA at Kolkata 2010

9           (-1)          Harbhajan Singh Ind          655         31.62     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002

10         ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        640*!    32.52     640 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

11         ( – )          Makhaya Ntini    SA           638         28.82     863 v Ind at Durban 2006

12         ( – )          Stuart Broad         Eng         620*      35.84     697 v SA at Durban 2009

13         ( – )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          609         33.86     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

14         ( – )          Doug Bollinger     Aus         601*      24.65     616 v NZ at Hamilton 2010

15         (+1)         Umar Gul              Pak         593         33.47     627 v WI at Karachi 2006

16         (+1)         Jerome Taylor      WI          580*      35.64     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009

17         (+1)         Paul Harris            SA           576*      37.10     705 v Eng at Centurion 2009

18         (+1)         Peter Siddle           Aus         573*      31.53     617 v Eng at The Oval 2009

19         (+1)         R Sidebottom       Eng         561*      28.24     769 v SA at Lord’s 2008

20         (+1)         Jacques Kallis       SA           559         31.59     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

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