ICC news October 27, 2013

De Villiers back to No. 1 spot in Tests

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South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has regained the No. 1 spot in the Test rankings for batsmen, overtaking team-mate Hashim Amla, who missed the second Test against Pakistan. De Villiers, who last held the top spot in April 2012, earned 27 rating points for his 164 in Dubai to finish at a career-best 909. Amla had been at the top since February, when he overtook Australia captain Michael Clarke.

Graeme Smith jumped seven places to eighth position, returning to the top ten for the first time since April 2012 courtesy his double-hundred in South Africa's first Test series since February. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also moved up the rankings, gaining one place to a career-best sixth after he scored a hundred in the first Test and 88 in the second in Dubai. Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq's 130 took him up eight places to 17th.

Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal jumped up by nine places to 31st, and Mominul Haque leapt up 17 places to land just behind Tamim after a hundred in each of the Tests against New Zealand.

There were no changes in the top 10 Test bowlers, with Dale Steyn and Vernon Phiander leading the table.

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  • Slevin7 on October 29, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Xolile Completely agree. The balance he brings to the side is incomparable to any other player in that position. The stats are mind boggling. It seems like SA supporters don't always fathom how good this team is with Smith, Kallis, Vern, AB, Hash, Dale. Wish we could play longer test series.... @OhhhhhMattyMatty You are completely right, as Xolile pointed out, he averages 70 since taking the gloves.

  • on October 28, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Nice to see 3 Bangladeshi batsmen hovering around top 30 ( Shakib-#30, Tamim-#31, Mominul-#32). Add to that, Mushfiqur at#38 and Nasir at#42 and you get a pretty good batting line up for tests!Only India and England have more batsmen in the ranking upto and including Nasir's position!

  • Smahuta on October 28, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Asad Shafiq's 130 took him up eight places to 17th. What you also forget is that Amla loses points for missing a test match, so maybe AB should send a card to him as well? It takes more than one match to earn the number one spot, its well deserved in my opinion.

  • gimme-a-greentop on October 28, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @legsidewide - Tommytucker is right...what you are saying is rubbish...AB hasn't lost any respect at all, if it's just you then we wont lose much sleep over it..this is a man who always treats his opponents and the game with respect...

  • BellCurve on October 28, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    He averages almost 70 since taking over from Boucher on the 2012 England tour. And to think the time there was a public outcry. People like F Moonda were calling for the selection of Tsolekile. Just imagine what would have happened if Tsolekile was selected.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 28, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @legsidewide Blah blah, integrity. There is nothing wrong with defending your friends and teammates. Give credit on performance where it's due.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    d v llers what a knock by him to win the match

  • wrenx on October 28, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    de Villiers may have climbed a few points in the batting rankings, but he's fallen far more in the integrity and respect ones.t

  • MichaelBurton on October 28, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    @Smahuta : Definitely Devilliers should send a greeting card to Adnan, but not Asad Safiq to Devilliers. Because Adnan's drop gave Devilliers No. 1 ranking over Amla. But it is not true in the second case. That drop didn't win anything for the relavant player or Pak team. Devilliers is lucky to get the top spot. Amla is the best not Devilliers.

  • 12thUmpire on October 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    A former world chess champion, Capablanca once said "Good players are also lucky!" ...A visionary, well ahead of his time!

  • Slevin7 on October 29, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Xolile Completely agree. The balance he brings to the side is incomparable to any other player in that position. The stats are mind boggling. It seems like SA supporters don't always fathom how good this team is with Smith, Kallis, Vern, AB, Hash, Dale. Wish we could play longer test series.... @OhhhhhMattyMatty You are completely right, as Xolile pointed out, he averages 70 since taking the gloves.

  • on October 28, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Nice to see 3 Bangladeshi batsmen hovering around top 30 ( Shakib-#30, Tamim-#31, Mominul-#32). Add to that, Mushfiqur at#38 and Nasir at#42 and you get a pretty good batting line up for tests!Only India and England have more batsmen in the ranking upto and including Nasir's position!

  • Smahuta on October 28, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Asad Shafiq's 130 took him up eight places to 17th. What you also forget is that Amla loses points for missing a test match, so maybe AB should send a card to him as well? It takes more than one match to earn the number one spot, its well deserved in my opinion.

  • gimme-a-greentop on October 28, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @legsidewide - Tommytucker is right...what you are saying is rubbish...AB hasn't lost any respect at all, if it's just you then we wont lose much sleep over it..this is a man who always treats his opponents and the game with respect...

  • BellCurve on October 28, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    He averages almost 70 since taking over from Boucher on the 2012 England tour. And to think the time there was a public outcry. People like F Moonda were calling for the selection of Tsolekile. Just imagine what would have happened if Tsolekile was selected.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 28, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @legsidewide Blah blah, integrity. There is nothing wrong with defending your friends and teammates. Give credit on performance where it's due.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    d v llers what a knock by him to win the match

  • wrenx on October 28, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    de Villiers may have climbed a few points in the batting rankings, but he's fallen far more in the integrity and respect ones.t

  • MichaelBurton on October 28, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    @Smahuta : Definitely Devilliers should send a greeting card to Adnan, but not Asad Safiq to Devilliers. Because Adnan's drop gave Devilliers No. 1 ranking over Amla. But it is not true in the second case. That drop didn't win anything for the relavant player or Pak team. Devilliers is lucky to get the top spot. Amla is the best not Devilliers.

  • 12thUmpire on October 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    A former world chess champion, Capablanca once said "Good players are also lucky!" ...A visionary, well ahead of his time!

  • 12thUmpire on October 27, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    If Ian Healy reads this article about AB, guess what he'll say ... "My jury is still out" ...

  • championcommando on October 27, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    No doubt he is number one at the moment. He is not only consistent in Test but in ODIS & T20 as well so truly deserve that honor. Keep it up AB.

  • on October 27, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I also think that ABD is a class batsman and good in all 3 formats. which is missing from many others in top 10. Love watching him.

    Asads luck didnt win him game or no 1 ranking.

  • 2nd_Slip on October 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Absolute gem of batsman this lad is. If he carries on like this he will likely take over Gilchrist as the best wk/batsman to have ever graced the game. And as for Steyn well is an all time great already none of the current bowlers are close to his supreme level.

  • on October 27, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Sometimes I forget how good he is in tests because he's so dangerous in T20s and ODIs. Averaging 54 is no small feat

  • Smahuta on October 27, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    If AB is sending greeting cards, then perhaps he should be receiving one himself from Asad Shafique as well for the missed stumping when he was on 18. Everyone talks about what might have happened if AB had been caught but nobody mentions Asads luck in the game. Swings and roundabouts. never rung more true.

  • Smahuta on October 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    AB is indeed no Matt Prior. AB doesnt average 20 on tours.

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I agree with Arqam Khan. He should definetly send a greeting card to adnan akmal

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    AB is a fine player.

    RSA are the best all round team. Others are hot in their own conditions or lack one of the two core competencies. RSA have it all.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 27, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Shakib also regained back number 1 test all-round rankings with 362 points 30 ahead of second place :P

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    How many years passed since steyn climbed to top? As far as i remember he became number one in 2009-10, thats 4 years straight on top! Cant see anyone other than philandar displacing him in near future, absolute legend this man!

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Well deserved AB.Great batsman who always plays for the team.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on October 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    De Villiers is no Matt Prior or Andy Flower!

  • on October 27, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    should send a greeting card to adnan akmal :-)

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  • on October 27, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    should send a greeting card to adnan akmal :-)

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on October 27, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    De Villiers is no Matt Prior or Andy Flower!

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Well deserved AB.Great batsman who always plays for the team.

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    How many years passed since steyn climbed to top? As far as i remember he became number one in 2009-10, thats 4 years straight on top! Cant see anyone other than philandar displacing him in near future, absolute legend this man!

  • TheRisingTeam on October 27, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Shakib also regained back number 1 test all-round rankings with 362 points 30 ahead of second place :P

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    AB is a fine player.

    RSA are the best all round team. Others are hot in their own conditions or lack one of the two core competencies. RSA have it all.

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I agree with Arqam Khan. He should definetly send a greeting card to adnan akmal

  • Smahuta on October 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    AB is indeed no Matt Prior. AB doesnt average 20 on tours.

  • Smahuta on October 27, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    If AB is sending greeting cards, then perhaps he should be receiving one himself from Asad Shafique as well for the missed stumping when he was on 18. Everyone talks about what might have happened if AB had been caught but nobody mentions Asads luck in the game. Swings and roundabouts. never rung more true.

  • on October 27, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Sometimes I forget how good he is in tests because he's so dangerous in T20s and ODIs. Averaging 54 is no small feat