ICC rankings March 30, 2012

Clarke, de Villiers go top of batsmen rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Clarke and AB de Villiers have gone joint-top of the ICC Test batsmen rankings after Kumar Sangakkara slipped from the spot due to a poor return in the Galle Test. Sangakkara, who had been on top of the rankings for four months, had scores of 0 and 14 in Galle, costing him 37 rating points and three places. Jacques Kallis, who was second in the rankings, also lost points, after missing the Wellington Test, meaning Clarke, who had moved to third after his outstanding series against India, moved to the No. 1 spot. de Villiers joined him there after a couple of important half-centuries in South Africa's series against New Zealand.

Not surprisingly, Vernon Philander has stormed into the top ten in the bowlers rankings, after taking 21 wickets in three Tests in New Zealand and becoming the second fastest bowler to 50 Test wickets. That means South Africa now have all their three frontline fast bowlers in the top ten, with Dale Steyn still leading the rankings and Morne Morkel in tenth place. Also moving into the top ten is Rangana Herath, who, in Galle, took the first 12-wicket match-haul in a Test since Jason Krejza's in 2008.

After losing in Galle, England must win against Sri Lanka in Colombo to retain their No. 1 ranking. Anything less would see South Africa claim the No. 1 spot. If England lose in Colombo, it would open the door for Australia to overtake them, though they would need to beat West Indies 3-0 to do it.

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  • Priyashrav on April 1, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @jonsey2 Since 2010,AB de Villers averages 67.34 in the 20 tests he played while Clarke averages 49.57 in 24 tests since 2010! Not a small difference I would say. Clarke averaged in the 30s in in 2010 and 2011 while de Villers has been averaging 50+ every year since 2008 except 2011 where he averaged 47.12. There's no need to diminish the achievements of AB just to make your own countrymen Clarke look good. I am Indian and I have huge respect for AB and Clarke as batsman but I would say that AB has performed more consistently in the last 3-4 years than Clarke but that does not mean Clarke hasn't done anything with the bat recently. Both are in great form and deserve to be current No.1!

  • s on April 1, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    AB is by far the new legend of cricket!! he is great in ODIs and tests and is a great fielder and keeper!!!

  • Selaelo on March 31, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @jonesy2.... clearly it seems like you started watching cricket last year. In order to be number1 in rankings you have to have more points than any other player, good/better perfomance over a LONG PERIOD! That is what Michael Clarck and AB De Villiers did!

  • Paul on March 30, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    eeeeer Kamalakantameher SA were number one a couple of years ago pal

  • Bryn on March 30, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    seriously? de villiers? i like him but what has he done? clarke is far and away the best in the world so he deserves his spot. how is harris not in the top 2 or 3 for bowlers? the ICC rankings continue to be a full on joke

  • Grant on March 30, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Judging by how clueless England is at playing against spin, expect Imran Tahir to burst into the top 10 come July.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Vernon Philander is indeed a great find for the Proteas. A tribute to South African cricket to have top players like Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers. Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn at the same time. The merit being number One in all forms of the game.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Some months ago after Philander's start I pointed out he would reach the top 10 by mid year . When others on this forum were saying he was fortunate to be playing on wickets that suited him ,I pointed to his discipline and control that would have made him outstanding.

  • Andrew on March 30, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    It is good to see our top batsmen in the top 3 places in the rankings and our bowlers 3 in the top 10 ... and in ODIs our batsmen in 1st and 2nd positions ... but our international trophy cabinet is still bare ... winning series is what give you points ... Agreed , the weather was a menace in NZ ... but dropped catches also robbed us ... South Africa is far from No. 1 in ODIs ... they have the players on paper ... but paper doesn't always win you a game ...It is time for our unit to gel ... Batsmen and bowlers and fielders in unison ... Imagine Smith, Peterson, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers, Duminy, Rudolph, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir and Philander all firing as a unit ... And there is also De Lange who can contribute with the ball ...

  • Mir Monjur on March 30, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    From this article I got the impression that ICC has stopped publishing any all-rounder ranking........ohh, wait, checking the ICC site......there is an all-rounder ranking! Who's there on the top? Shakib....errr, forget it.....

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