Rankings: Clarke is top Test batsman; Pujara 21st

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Dubai, Nov 27: Australia captain Michael Clarke has regained the number-one ranking in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after producing a spectacular performance in the second Test against South Africa which ended in a thrilling draw in Adelaide on Monday. India's Cheteshwar Pujara is in 21st position (moved three places up) while bowler Pragyan Ojha remains at fifth in Test bowlers' rankings, ICC media release stated. There is no Indian batsmen in top 10.

Clarke scored a masterly 230 in the first innings, his fourth double-century of the year, which has earned him 33 ratings points and has helped him leapfrog Kumar Sangkkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa duo of Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis into the number-one position.

Clarke is top Test batsman; Pujara 21st

This is the third time Clarke has moved to the top of the table. He first achieved the number-one ranking in August 2009 and then again surged to the top earlier this year in March-April. Unfortunately, both the times his stay at the top has been brief - a possibility which still exists as he leads Sangakkara by a slender 10 ratings points margin.

Batsmen to make upward movements include Shivnarine Chanderpaul, England's Kevin Pietersen, West Indies' Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, Pujara and David Warner of Australia.

Chanderpaul, ICC's Cricketer of the Year in 2008, has moved up to third after rising two places following his 150 not out in the West Indies' 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Khulna while his team-mates Samuels and Bravo have also been rewarded for posting big scores.

Samuels, who scored 260, has broken to the top 20 for the first time in his career after rising 11 places to 20th position while Bravo has gained three places following his 127 and is now in 22nd position.

Pietersen was at his brilliant best on a Wankhede Stadium turning track and scored one of the finest centuries of his career by slapping 20 fours and four sixes in a 223-ball 186. Pietersen has earned a jump of six places which has put him in seventh position.

This is Pietersen's highest ranking since February 2009 and makes him the second England batsman after Alastair Cook (sixth, up by one) inside the top 10.

There is good news for the bowlers as well in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers.

England's Graeme Swann has bounced back into the top 10 after grabbing eight wickets in Mumbai. The crafty spinner has jumped six places to not only claim sixth place but has once again become the highest-ranked England bowler ahead of James Anderson (10th, down by four places).

Swann's new-ball partner Monty Panesar was in a class of his own while registering match figures of 69-15-210-11. For this marvellous performance against some of the very best players of spin bowling, Panesar has been rewarded with a jump of nine places which has put him in 29th position.

Nathan Lyon of Australia and West Indies' Tino Best also figure in the list of biggest movers. Lyon's five wickets in the match has lifted him eight places to a career-best 24th position while Best's second innings figures of six for 30 was the cornerstone of his 14-place rise to 42nd spot.


Story first published:  Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 11:46 [IST]
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