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.