Fast bowler shares spot with Muralitharan

Steyn reaches No.1 in Test rankings

Cricinfo staff

April 7, 2008

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Dale Steyn needed just 22 matches to reach the top © AFP

Dale Steyn, the South African fast bowler, has taken joint No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings with the Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan after another match-winning performance in the second Test against India in Ahmedabad. Since October 2007, Steyn has picked up 75 wickets in 11 Tests, including two ten-wicket hauls at home against New Zealand. Muralitharan's team-mate, Kumar Sangakkara, has been displaced from the top Test batsmen by the Australian Michael Hussey.

Both Steyn and Muralitharan are tied on 897 points, with Muralitharan slipping below 900 points for the first time since June 2006. Steyn's 5 for 23 demolished India for a paltry 76 in the first innings in Ahmedabad and he finished with match figures of 8 for 114. Steyn needed just 22 matches to reach the top, making him among the quickest to reach the summit. Former South African fast bowlers Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald took 33 and 41 matches respectively before they were No.1.

Sangakkara's disappointing two-Test series in the West Indies, during which he scored 95 runs, meant he slipped to third. Hussey, who moved up one place, is currently the only batsman with more than 900 points. Jacques Kallis, the South African batsman who scored his 30th Test century in Ahmedabad, has moved up two places and shares second spot with Ricky Ponting. Shivnarine Chanderpaul's match-winning 86 in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Port of Spain has seen him move into joint seventh position with the Mahela Jayawardene.

Having failed to register a series win after being held 1-1 by West Indies, Sri Lanka have dropped from third to fifth, one below England. India are under pressure to retain their No.2 spot and must win the third Test in Kanpur to maintain their ranking. A draw or a defeat will see them drop two places to fourth.

For the full list of rankings,click here.

ICC Test Rankings - Batting

ICC Player Rankings




AUS 912
SA 899
AUS 899
SL 893
PAK 880
AUS 860
SL 810
WI 810
PAK 799
ENG 784
 Top 100

ICC Test Rankings - Bowling

ICC Player Rankings




SL 897
SA 897
AUS 829
AUS 795
SA 789
IND 715
SL 709
NZ 688
PAK 684
ENG 665
 Top 100

LG ICC ODI Championship

22 Mar 2008

Team Matches Points Rating
South Africa 43 5478 127
Australia 44 5597 127
New Zealand 38 4312 113
India 56 6330 113
Pakistan 33 3595 109
Sri Lanka 44 4716 107
England 40 4200 105
West Indies 37 3567 96
Bangladesh 35 1684 48
Ireland 11 217 20
Zimbabwe 31 552 18
Kenya 6 0 0

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