Dubai, Apr 29: West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained the number-one ranking in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after hitting two half-centuries in the Dominica Test which Australia won by 75 runs to claim the series 2-0. The series victory put Michael Clarke’s side ahead of Team India in third position on the ICC Test Championship table.
Chanderpaul scored 68 and 69 which earned him 19 ratings points and helped him to leapfrog South Africa’s duo of AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis into the number one position.
The 37-year-old Guyanese player had first topped the batting chart in July 2008. After staying on top of the table for the following seven months, Chanderpaul briefly dropped to second position in February 2009 when he scored one and 55 against England in the second Test in Antigua. He, however, returned to the top spot three Tests later following scores of 147 not out and six in the fifth and last Test against England at Queen’s Park in Trinidad.
Chanderpaul, three months later in May 2009, lost his number-one position to Pakistan’s Younus Khan. He later slipped to as low as 15th in June 2010 before making a charge up the order to finally surge to the top of the table.
Chanderpaul will again arrive in England as the number-one ranked batsman, as he did in May 2009, and while England will be out to defend its number-one Test team tag against the West Indies, the diminutive left-hander will be aiming to protect his top spot as he leads de Villiers by just six ratings points.
Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table, Australia has moved ahead of India in third place.
Australia had entered the series against the West Indies on equal points with India but below MS Dhoni’s side when ratings were calculated beyond the decimal point. However, the series win gave it one ratings point which was enough to put it ahead of India.
England lead the Test Championship table, followed by South Africa which is fraction of a point behind Andrew Strauss’ side.
ICC Test Championship (after West Indies-Australia Test series)
Team positions with rating points
1. England 116
2. South Africa 116
3. Australia 112
4. India 111
5. Pakistan 108
6. Sri Lanka 99
7. West Indies 85
8. New Zealand 85
9. Bangladesh 8