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Philander No 1 Test all-rounder

2014-03-06 19:34
Vernon Philander (AFP)
Cape Town - South Africa's Vernon Philander has become the No 1-ranked all-rounder on the ICC player rankings for Test all-rounders.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 5

Philander has markedly improved his batting in the last while and almost helped South Africa claim a famous draw on the final day of the third Test against Australia at Newlands on Wednesday.

He scored 51 not out as the Proteas lost by 245 runs to surrender the series 2-1. South Africa lost their last wicket with 4.3 overs to go - falling just short of would have been a remarkable draw.

Philander, who also scored 37 in South Africa's first innings, has moved up two places to the top of the all-rounders’ table, pushing India's Ravichandran Ashwin to second. Philander is now on 376 ratings points, three ahead of Ashwin.

Despite his heroics with the bat, Philander moved down the bowling rankings.

He picked up just one wicket in the Newlands Test and subsequently moved down a place to third, with Australia's Ryan Harris, who ended with a match haul of seven for 95, moving up two places to a best-ever second position.

Click to see a full list of ICC player rankings and all-rounder rankings.

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