ICC news October 27, 2013

De Villiers back to No. 1 spot in Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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