AB slips in ICC rankings

2015-01-12 16:59
AB de Villiers. (Carl Fourie, Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the ICC Test Players rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs.

Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakarra’s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the rankings for Test batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points.

Kane Williamson of New Zealand has jumped seven places to a career-best ranking of seventh in the batting rankings following his scores of 69 and 242 not out. In achieving his highest Test score to date, Williamson also passed the 3 000 runs mark, reaching 3 034 runs in 39 Tests.

Following South Africa’s eight-wicket victory over West Indies in Cape Town, Marlon Samuels has vaulted seven places to 31st in the batting rankings after knocks of 43 and 74. Dean Elgar has also moved up two places to a career high 48th, while other upwards movers following this Test, which helped the Proteas secure a 2-0 series win, include Denesh Ramdin (up three places to 59th) and Leon Johnson, who is the highest climber, moving up 25 places to a career-high 70th after scores of 54 and 44.

Meanwhile, following Saturday’s drawn Test in Sydney that ensured a 2-0 series victory over India, Australia captain Steven Smith has leap-frogged Angelo Mathews into a career-high fourth place in the batting table after scores of 117 and 71. For India, Virat Kohli moved up three places to 12th after scores of 147 and 46, while Australia opener Chris Rogers has moved up six places into 18th position after scores of 95 and 56.

In the ICC Player rankings for Test bowlers, New Zealand’s Trent Boult returned match figures of four for 130 runs to help his side to victory over Sri Lanka and improve his ranking by one place to sixth on 795 points, nine adrift of Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.

India’s Mohammed Shami has risen seven places to a career-high 31st place after taking match figures of 6-145 runs, while Australia’s Mitchell Starc has moved up nine places to 33rd after returning 5-142 runs. Among the other bowlers from the Sydney Test are Australia duo Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood, up to 38th and a career-high 46th respectively.

New Zealand’s Doug Bracewell has moved up nine places to 39th, with Sri Lanka’s Seranga Lakmal moving up two places to a career-high 48th. South Africa’s Dale Steyn still heads the bowling rankings and holds a commanding 79 points lead over second-placed Ryan Harris.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Johnson has also dropped a spot and thus swaps places with England’s Stuart Broad in the ICC Player rankings for Test all-rounders, with the Australian left-arm speedster now lying in fifth spot. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan remains the No 1-ranked all-rounder.

ICC Test Team rankings

1. South Africa 124
2. Australia 119
3. England 104
4. Pakistan 103
5. New Zealand 99
6. Sri Lanka 96
7. India 93
8. West Indies 76
9. Bangladesh 32
10. Zimbabwe 18

ICC Test Player ranking


1. Kumar Sangakkara 909
2. AB de Villiers 908
3. Hashim Amla 891    
4. Steven Smith 873
5. Angelo Mathews 841 
6. Kane Williamson 839
7. Shivnarine Chanderpaul 834
8. Younus Khan 818
9. David Warner 805
10. Joe Root 789


1. Dale Steyn 905     
2. Ryan Harris  826   
3. Rangana Herath 807    
4. James Anderson 806     
5. Mitchell Johnson 804    
6. Trent Boult 795      
7. Vernon Philander 780    
8. Stuart Broad 774  
9. Kemar Roach 759    
10. Tim Southee 743     


1. Shakib Al Hasan 398   
2. Vernon Philander 341
3. Ravichandran Ashwin 318
4. Stuart Broad 296  
5. Mitchell Johnson 291

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