ICC Test rankings January 7, 2011

Tendulkar, Kallis top ICC Test batting rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis share the No.1 spot in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen following the conclusion of the Cape Town Test on Thursday. Both Tendulkar and Kallis have 883 rating points, just one ahead of Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara at No.2.

Tendulkar, who scored 146 and 14 not out in the third Test in Cape Town against South Africa, gained one place in the rankings. Kallis, who was the top run scorer for the series with 498 runs including three centuries and was declared man of the series, earned 77 points to jump four places.

Tendulkar last topped the rankings in October after he scored 214 and 53 against Australia in Bangalore. This is the tenth time he has claimed the No.1 spot. Kallis last claimed the No. 1 spot in 2005, after the Sydney Test against Australia.

England opener Alastair Cook, who was the leading run scorer with 766 runs from just seven innings in England's 3-1 victory over Australia in the Ashes, jumped eight places to No.5. He ended the series with a career-best rating of 803 points. Meanwhile Gautam Gambhir, the India opener, who made 93 and 64 in the Cape Town Test, moved up seven places to No.15.

Dale Steyn comfortably held on to his No. 1 spot for Test bowlers, moving to 899 points after taking 21 wickets at 17.47 against India. England fast bowler James Anderson, who finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes, moved up one position to No.3. Kallis, of course, continues to lead the rankings for Test allrounders.

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  • the_cricket_fan on January 10, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    jacques and sachin both of them have crossed their 35th yet they are playing like youngster like in his early twenties,,,,temprament of both batsmen showed that they are not going to retired so early. Both of them have scored on all type of turfs on all part of the world,,,they have nothing to prove anything now,,,both batsmen are the pillars of their respective team. I would like to see jacques and sachin to play for more couple of years,,,they are playing high quality of cricket with their increasing age,,specially jacques kallis doing good in both forms of the game,,in both bating and bowling. Both of them proved that they are legends.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Thanks Kallis for the great innings on 4th day in Durban to save the series for SA.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Sure Sanga was not complaining about the rankings when SL was no. 3 test team by the same system. Nothing against Sanga, agree he played lot less than Kallis/Tendulkar but he only played in his comfort zone. All the 9 innings are at home and none away, to put the 99.28 in perspective. Out of the 6 tests this year at home for SL, 4 were draws, 1 Win and 1 Lose for SL.

  • cricket_fan_1 on January 10, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Rankings are not important as long as the players are contributing to their team. If they contribute to the winning of their respective teams rankings will come automatically. Sachin is the Don and Kallis is the Sobers. Enjoy their cricket as long as they are playing.

  • ThilanDK on January 9, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    If those two test maches washed out against West Indies were played in Sri Lanka, there won't be anymore headline like this & Sanga will remain same as the No1 test batsmen... we all agree Sachin & Kallis are true legends of the game but it's very unfair when some teams are getting lots of matches compaired to the others in a year & doing rankings like this ...

  • first_slip on January 9, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan, hilarious :: just pure jealousy....

  • dummy4fb on January 9, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    "Kallis makes sachin to stay in cricket for some more time"- well said

  • SamAsh07 on January 9, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I don't know what people think or say but Kallis and Sachin are EQUAL, both are grandmasters, the only reason Sachin is ahead is because he started at an early age, otherwise, BOTH of them are true legends while Steyn is the legend-in-making. Kallis should've been taken by Mumbai Indians....imagine, Davy Jacobs, Sachin and then Kallis...Wow...

  • dummy4fb on January 9, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    sachin the mastereo made it again

  • dummy4fb on January 9, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    sachin the master occupied his place again by levelling the south africa series

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