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De Villiers back to No. 1 spot in Tests

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October 27, 2013

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AB de Villiers raises his arms after reaching his ton, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day, October 24, 2013
AB de Villiers' 164 in the second Test brought him back to the top of the batting rankings © Associated Press
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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.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

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

Posted by applethief 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

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