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Proteas top player rankings

2011-01-07 18:45
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Cape Town - Jacques Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar have both leapfrogged Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka to become joint No. 1 on the ICC Reliance Mobile Test rankings for batsmen following their outstanding performances in the third Castle Test at Sahara Park Newlands.

It means that for the first time the Proteas now have the No. 1 ranked player in the world in Test cricket in all three major categories of best batsman, best bowler and best all-rounder.

Kallis, who picked up no fewer than 77 ratings points in the Castle Test series after making an aggregate of 498 runs in the series including a double century and two other centuries, has long been rated the best all-rounder in the five-day game and there are no immediate challengers to him in sight. He is currently 78 points ahead of second-placed Daniel Vettori of New Zealand.

Kallis previously held the No. 1 batting ranking 6 years ago after the Newlands Test against England in 2005 when he made his previous highest score for this ground of 149. In the latest match against India he improved that to 161.

Tendulkar has been rated world No. 1 on numerous previous occasions going back to 1994. Remarkably he has yet to achieve a rating of 900 points which is regarded as the benchmark for the super elite. Both he and Kallis, who has a career highest rating of 935, are now both on 883 points with Sangakkara on 882.

With only one Test series (between New Zealand and Pakistan) still on the go before interest switches to the 2011 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup these ratings will remain unchallenged for the next few months.

As is the case with Kallis in the all-rounder stakes, Dale Steyn remains clear of the field as the best bowler. In spite of taking 6 wickets including his 16th career five-for at Newlands he only gained 2 ranking points from the match and thus remains on 899, one point shy of the elite level of 900 points.

He is a stunning 106 points ahead of second-placed Graeme Swann of England.

Proteas’ ranked in the top 20:


Batting: Jacques Kallis (joint 1st), AB de Villiers (11th), Hashim Amla (12th), Graeme Smith (joint 15th)

Bowling: Dale Steyn (1st), Morne Morkel (4th), Paul Harris (16th)

All-rounders (top five): Jacques Kallis (1st)

 ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 7 January 2011)


Batsmen

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

   1=        (+1)         S.Tendulkar          Ind          883         56.94     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
                (+4)         Jacques Kallis       SA           883         57.43     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
   3           (-2)          K.Sangakkara      SL           882         57.25     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   4           (-1)          Jonathan Trott     Eng         826*      61.53     839 v Aus at Melbourne 2010
   5           (+8)         Alastair Cook       Eng         803!       47.50     803 v Aus at Sydney 2011
   6           (-2)          Virender Sehwag  Ind          790         53.43     866 v SL at Galle 2010
   7           ( - )          M.Jayawardena   SL           781         53.82     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
   8           ( - )          S.Chanderpaul     WI          779         48.98     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   9           ( - )          VVS Laxman       Ind          774         47.32     778 v SA at Durban 2010
  10         ( - )          T.Samaraweera   SL           763!       54.25     763 v WI at Pallekele 2010
  11         (-5)          AB de Villiers        SA           760         47.41     810 v Ind at Centurion 2010
  12         ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           744         46.95     842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010
  13         (-3)          Mike Hussey        Aus         742         51.09     921 v WI at Kingston 2008
  14         (+1)         Shane Watson      Aus         724         41.55     729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  15=       (-1)          Graeme Smith      SA           723         49.71     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
                (+7)         G. Gambhir           Ind          723         51.33     886 v SL at Kanpur 2009
  17         (-1)          Younus Khan       Pak         715         50.37     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
  18         (-1)          Ross Taylor          NZ          711         41.54     775 v Pak at Wellington 2009
  19         (-1)          Chris Gayle           WI          709         41.65     755 v SL at Galle 2010
  20         (-1)          Tamim Iqbal        Ban        707*!    40.13     707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010

Bowlers


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

   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           899!       23.21     899 v Ind at Cape Town 2011
   2           ( - )          Graeme Swann    Eng         793         28.10     858 v Pak at Lord's 2010
   3           (+1)         James Anderson  Eng         776!       31.10     776 v Aus at Sydney 2011
   4           (-1)          Morne Morkel      SA           751         30.23     775 v Ind at Centurion 2010
   5           (-1)          Zaheer Khan        Ind          748         31.94     752 v SA at Durban 2010
   6           ( - )          M.Asif                    Pak         738         24.36     818 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2010
   7           ( - )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         727         29.71     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   8           ( - )          Harbhajan Singh Ind          672         31.85     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
   9           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        648*      32.09     650 v Ind at Chittagong 2010
  10         ( - )          M.Amir                  Pak         645*      29.09     658 v Eng at Lord's 2010
  11         (+1)         Daniel Vettori       NZ          622         33.97     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000
  12         (+1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         606*      35.24     697 v SA at Durban 2009
  13         (+1)         Doug Bollinger     Aus         597*      25.92     666 v Ind at Mohali 2010
  14         (-3)          Peter Siddle           Aus         596*      32.10     635 v Eng at Melbourne 2010
  15         (+1)         Ishant Sharma     Ind          580*      35.97     624 v Ban at Mirpur 2010
  16         (-1)          Paul Harris            SA           573         37.87     705 v Eng at Centurion 2009
  17         ( - )          Chris Martin         NZ          569         34.98     643 v Eng at Lord's 2004
  18         ( - )          Jerome Taylor      WI          563*      35.64     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009
  19         ( - )          Ajantha Mendis   SL           552*      31.93     572 v Ban at Chittagong 2009
  20         ( - )          Steven Finn           Eng         546*      26.23     557 v Aus at Perth 2010

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Points    HS Rating

   1           ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA           451        616 v Pak at Durban 2002
   2           ( - )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          373        412 v Pak at Napier 2009
   3           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        338 /*   361 v Eng at Mirpur 2010
   4           ( - )          Shane Watson      Aus         315 /*   321 v Eng at Perth 2010
   5           ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         278 /*   318 v Pak at Lord's 2010

*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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