Shivnarine Chanderpaul back as No. 1 Test batsman

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.

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 Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara had slipped from the top position after scoring 12 in his side’s 600-6 against India in the first Test in Colombo.

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.

Other batsmen to move up the chart are Australia’s David Warner, Ed Cowan and Matthew Wade, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy.

Opener Warner has climbed two places to 43rd spot after scores of 50 and 11, Cowan has jumped six places to 60th position after scores of one and 55.

Wade, who won the man of the match award in Dominica for his 106 and four, has vaulted 46 places to 69th spot while Sammy has moved up 10 places to 73rd position following scores of 10 and 61.

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