London: Sachin Tendulkar reclaimed top spot in the latest world cricket batting ratings. Tendulkar leads West Indies star Brian Lara by 10 points in the table, announced on Monday, which ranks players not just purely on averages alone but also takes into account the quality of the opposition they have faced.
Australia wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has climbed to third spot, the left-hander's elevation owing much to the fastest Test double century he scored in the first Test victory over South Africa on Sunday. Gilchrist made 204 not out of a total of 652 for seven declared and is one of five Australian batsmen in the top ten. In the bowling standings, South Africa paceman Allan Donald, who announced his Test retirement on Monday, finished his career in sixth place. Donald, who took 330 Test wickets at an average of 22.25 in 72 Tests, topped the standings in 1999. India's ace leg spinner Anil Kumble with an average of 27.70 has 719 points to be ranked eighth while Sri Lankan off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan heads the table with 915 points.
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