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Sangakkara returns to No. 1 in Test rankings

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November 12, 2011

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Shane Watson celebrates bowling Graeme Smith, South Africa v Australia, 1st Test, Cape Town, 2nd day, November 10, 2011
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Kumar Sangakkara has replaced Jacques Kallis at the top of the ICC's rankings for Test batsmen, following his strong showing against Pakistan in the UAE. On the bowling front, Dale Steyn extended his lead at the top, while a lethal spell with the ball against South Africa has catapulted Shane Watson into the top ten.

Kallis, who has led the batting rankings for much of the year, dropped three rating-points after his first-innings' duck - his first in four years - against Australia in Cape Town. Sangakkara had scored 516 runs - the second-highest aggregate in a Test series for Sri Lanka - in the three matches against Pakistan, with two hundreds and two half-centuries at an average of 86.00. He was previously No.1 in January this year, before being displaced by Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar. Since then, he has scored 923 runs at a little over 54.00 to regain the top spot.

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, who scored fourth-innings' tons to steer South Africa to an eight-wicket win, were the biggest movers in the last week. Smith gained eight places to move into No. 7, while Amla gained four places to slot in at No. 8. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored a century in a losing cause against India in Delhi, has also moved up a place to No. 6.

In the bowlers' rankings, Steyn is still comfortably No. 1 and, significantly, has gone past 900 rating-points. He is only the 20th bowler cross the landmark. Steyn, who had begun the Cape Town Test on 899 ratings points, claimed six wickets in the match to finish on 902 points.

Morne Morkel has gained a place in the rankings, displacing Graeme Swann at No. 3. The biggest gainer, though, is Watson, jumping 15 spots to be No. 10, following his 21-ball five-for in Cape Town. He has also gained two places on the allrounders' rankings and is now at No. 3, behind Kallis and Daniel Vettori. Debutant Vernon Philander, whose five-for helped raze Australia for 47 in Cape Town, has entered the rankings in 49th position.

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Posted by Zohair.ul.hasan on (November 15, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

One of Pakistan's players must have been Ranked No. 1 due to win 1-0 in the test matches and Pakistan also did more effort than Sirilanka.Thus Pakistan's players must have been the No.1 test players.Everyone agrees that Pakistan must be at No.1. I LOVE PAKISTAN! And not only that i love Pakistan i am writing this Pakistan really did good effort.Thank You! From, Zohair.ul.Hasan

Posted by chad_reid on (November 15, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

SHANE WATSON IS IN THE TOP 10 IN 5 OF THE 7 CATEGORIES WHAT AN ACHIEVEMNT WELL DONE WATTO

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 15, 2011, 5:00 GMT)

there they go again. no matter what the discussion is, my fellow countrymen have to discuss indian stars. give it a break. talk about sangakkara and steyn, not about SRT and Dravid. BTW, five ENG bowlers in top 10 and some people have doubts whether ENG is really # 1. eagerly waiting for ENG to play in whites.

Posted by Indian_gandu on (November 15, 2011, 2:03 GMT)

well done SANGA..Your records are great in all pitches...not like ST,RD & Co,

Posted by JG2704 on (November 14, 2011, 23:20 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur - Dravid yes , but even Sachin seems to have struggled overseas in recent times. He's been stuck on the 99th ton for some time

Posted by JG2704 on (November 14, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

@johnathonjosephs - a bee in your bonnet there. Pretty much all the comms have been pro Sangakkara , where are all these comms you talk about saying that it's easy to bat in Asia. It's easier for guys like KS , Jayawardene , Tendulkar , Gambir to play on Asian pitches because that's where they've been playing all their lives just like guys like Bell , Trott and Cook are likely to fair better on seaming pitches. Same thing with bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 14, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

Proud to be a Sangster! (Y)

Posted by marcs on (November 14, 2011, 16:03 GMT)

The recent comment that I see about Sanga is probably on the harsher side considering the fact that sanga has been one of the classiest batsmen in mordern times and his averages against Aus/SA/NZ in the respective home turfs is no way less than that of Dravid / Sachin. One should probably wtch his 192 against Aus or the recent 119 against England to gauge how good a player he is. Ranking of course is left to the experts and I am not here to comment on it.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Sangakkara like most of other SL players can score runs only in asia.......Dravid/Tendulkar have been the only ones who done consistently well overseas and that too sometime all alone...

Posted by ScareCrow93 on (November 14, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

Great players adopt the game so well.. They change according to the format they play and the conditions.. Just look at Sangakkara. He's everywhere; ODI rankings, Test rankings AND ALSO T20 rankings. You need players like that in your team. Also Morkel and Steyn even though Steyn is not on the T20 list he still bowls really well in all formats. Put them on any pitch they'll do well because they carry classiness with them. Peace! P.S- It'll be interesting to see the battle between Sangakkara and Steyn for Christmas. Give your comments.. Sangakkara or Steyn? :) Thank you!

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