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R Ashwin and Virat Kohli achieve career-best rankings

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has broken into the top 20 for the first time in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers that were released on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the Bengaluru Test on Monday with India’s five wickets victory.

The 25-year-old from Chennai, who took five for 69 in New Zealand’s second innings, has jumped seven places to a career-best 18th position. The off-spinner finished the series with 18 wickets, and gained 26 places on the bowlers’ table through the course of the series, as India defeated New Zealand 2-0 in the two-Test series.

Ashwin, who was named player of the series, also achieved a career-high rating of 591.

Ashwin’s team-mate, Pragyan Ojha, ended with a match haul of seven for 148 and has moved up a place to 14th spot, which is his career-best ranking. Ojha’s overall rating of 675 is also his best-ever rating.

For New Zealand, fast bowler Tim Southee, who returned career-best figures of seven for 64 in India’s first innings, has jumped 10 places to 40th. His overall rating of 432 is also his career-best to date.

India pace bowlers Zaheer Khan (15th) and Umesh Yadav (48th) have slipped a place each, while New Zealand bowlers who have dropped in the latest rankings are Doug Bracewell in 30th (down by one), James Franklin in 49th (down by five) and Trent Boult in 69th (down by six).

The ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers is still headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, with teammate Vernon Philander and Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan in second and third positions, respectively.

The two centurions in the Bengaluru Test, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor and India’s Virat Kohli, have made upward movements in the batting chart.

Kohli, who scored 103 and 51 not out, has vaulted 12 places to achieve a career-best ranking of 35. His overall rating of 580 is also a career-best for Kohli.

Taylor, who made 113 and 35, has moved up six places to 12th.

The other batsmen to make upward movements are Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 36th (up by two), Daniel Flynn in 68th (up by nine), Kruger van Wyk in 75th (up by 23) and James Franklin in 88th (up by three).

Batsmen losing ground after the Bengaluru Test include Sachin Tendulkar in 16th (down by five), Virender Sehwag in 23rd (down by one), Brendon McCullum in 28th (down by four), Martin Guptill in 37th (down by two), Gautam Gambhir in 38th (down by two), Kane Williamson in 43rd (down by six) and Cheteshwar Pujara in 58th (down by two).

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakarra remains the top-ranked batsman, followed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla and West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul in second and third positions, respectively.

The ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan with South Africa’s Jacques Kallis in second spot.

Meanwhile, the 2-0 series win has fetched India two ratings points in the ICC Test Championship, lifting it to 106 ratings points, just three behind fourth-ranked Pakistan, while New Zealand has slipped to 76 ratings points (down from 80).

South Africa replace England as top Test team

South Africa replaced England as the top team in the ICC Test Championship table following its 2-0 victory over Andrew Strauss’s team in the three-match series which ended at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London today.

South Africa’s series victory means that it is the clear leader at the top of the table and England is now second, pushing Australia to third place.

Graeme Smith and his team received the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace from ICC Chief Executive David Richardson who was joined in the presentation party by ICC Director and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke, ECB Chief Executive David Collier, Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul and Pramod Garg – CFO, Europe Reliance Globalcom.

England had been the top team in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table since August 2011 when it dethroned India while South Africa has assumed the number one spot for the first time since November 2009.

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Kumar Sangakkara retains top Test batting spot

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara retained his number one position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after accumulating 490 runs in the series against Pakistan – a feat which earned him the award for Man of the Series.

He now remains 36 points clear of West Indies Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had been six ranking points clear of Sangakarra when the current series started. But his performances with the bat against Misbah ul-Haq’s team have again left him tantalisingly close to the magical 900 rankings point mark.

Sangakkara’s career-best 938 ratings points, which he achieved against England in Kandy in 2007, has already put him alongside Sir Garry Sobers in sixth position on the ICC best-ever Test Championship Rating list, which can be found here.

Sangakkara’s consistency for a prolonged period can be judged by the fact that he hasn’t dropped outside the top 10 after entering the select group in July 2006, following his 287 in a world record 624-run third wicket partnership with Mahela Jayawardena (374) against South Africa in the SSC Test, which the home side won by an innings and 153 runs.

Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq, who scored his second career Test century in Pallekele – 100 not out to follow his first innings 75 – has leapt 12 places up the rankings into 30th spot with a career best ranking of 592 while Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal also made significant strides, jumping eight places to join Darren Sammy as equal 54th.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Junaid Khan of Pakistan also moved up eight places to equal England’s Monty Panesar is 34th place. Juaid Khan’s 5-70 in Sri Lanka’s first innings guaranteed a career-best points tally of 456. There was a 20 place move by Sri Lanka pace bowler Thisara Perera, who is now in 80th place. This list is still topped by South Africa’s Dale Steyn.

There was no change in the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with this list still topped by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

Australia push India to fourth in ICC Test rankings

Australia have pushed India to fourth place in the ICC Test championship table after winning the three-match series against the West Indies 2-0.

Australia had entered the series against the West Indies on equal points with India but below Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side when ratings were calculated beyond the decimal point.

The series win gave it one ratings point which was enough to put it ahead of India.

England leads the Test Championship table, followed by South Africa which is fraction of a point behind Andrew Strauss’s side.

Meanwhile, West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained the number-one ranking in the 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.

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

In the rankings for Test bowlers, West Indies’ Kemar Roach has gained two more places and is now on a career-best 16th position after figures of one for 72 and three for 40.

Kemar Roach achieves career-best ranking

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, West Indies’ Kemar Roach has gained two more places and is now on a career-best 16th position after figures of one for 72 and three for 40.

Roach had entered the series in 37th position and has gained 21 places after finishing as the most successful bowler of the series with 19 wickets at just under 20 runs per wicket.

West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who had match figures of 10 for 219, has rocketed 21 places to 46th place.

Australia captain Michael Clarke’s second innings figures of 23-1-86-5 has given him a jump of 11 places and puts him in 75th spot, and Nathan Lyon’s four for 69 and three for 87 has given him a career-best ranking of 36th.

The bowlers’ table is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn with Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and England’s James Anderson in second and third positions, respectively.

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.

Graeme Swann moves to fourth in Test rankings

Graeme Swann’s 10-wicket haul not only helped England to a Test victory in Colombo but also lifted him five places to fourth spot in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings.

Graeme Swann

Swann took 10-181 in England’s eight wickets win, which squared the series 1-1, while Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath who took 6-133 and 1-37 in the match moved up to fifth with a career best rating of 769.

Despite losing the Test there was also a career-best rating for another Sri Lanka player, Angelo Mathews, who scored 57 and 46 to climb five places to 30th in the table and claim 586 ratings points.

Mahela Jayawardena, the Man of the Series, with 354 runs at an average of 88.5, went up two places to 17th – one ahead of the man of the match Kevin Pietersen.

England’s Pietersen, who hit 151 and an unbeaten 42, went up three places to joint 18th with Australia’s Mike Hussey and ahead of team mate Ian Bell who drops to 20th.

But the biggest mover in the batting rankings was England’s vice-captain Alastair Cook, who leapt a massive eight places to sixth spot.

Cook scored 94 and then steered England to victory with an unbeaten 49 in the second innings at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.

He is only two places behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who drops one place to fifth, and is overtaken in fourth place by Pakistan’s Younus Khan.

South Africa aim for clean sweep to claim No. 1 ranking

South Africa will be aiming to carry the winning momentum from its ODI series into the three-Test series against New Zealand starting in Dunedin on Wednesday which will earn it the status of the number-one Test ranked side in the world.

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Second-ranked South Africa trails top-ranked England by just one rating point. And to move ahead of Andrew Strauss’s side, Graeme Smith’s men have to win all the three Tests.

A 3-0 win will put South Africa one ratings point ahead of England on 119 while any other series result will not be enough to help the Proteas make history.

Though England and Sri Lanka go head-to-head in a two-Test series from 26 March in Galle, the series outcome will not affected the Test Championship table as the series will conclude on 7 April in Colombo.

If South Africa wins all the three Tests, it will celebrate the achievement by receiving the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace which is presented to the side which tops the Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date, along with a cash award of US$175,000.

However, if South Africa fails to achieve the desired series result, then England will retain the mace it won at The Oval last year after defeating India 4-0, as well as a cheque of US$175,000 whereas South Africa will once again have to settle with the runner-up prize of US$75,000.

Abdur Rehman continues to rise in ICC Test Rankings

Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has maintained an upward movement in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowler which were updated after the Dubai Test which finished on Monday.

Rehman has gained two more places after figures of five for 40 and two for 97. He now sits pretty in seventh position.

The 31-year-old had entered the series in 19th position and after finishing with 19 wickets, he has managed to gain 12 places in the bowlers’ chart.

Rehman alone earned 29 ratings points from the third Test and now trails England’s sixth-ranked Graeme Swann by the smallest margin of one ratings point.

England’s Monty Panesar is the other left-arm spinner to head in the right direction. Panesar had figures of two for 25 and five for 125, efforts which were enough to earn him four places and 30th spot on the bowlers’ chart.

Saeed Ajmal, who won the player of the series award for claiming 24 wickets in the series, has consolidated his second position while achieving his career-best rating of 835.

Saeed had entered the series in 12th position, trailing number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa by 190 ratings points. This lead has now been trimmed to 61 ratings points.

Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has gained one place on the bowlers’ table and he is now in 15th position. While doing so, he has also achieved a career-best rating of 624 ratings points.

Azhar Ali joins Sachin Tendulkar in 10th position

Pakistan’s Azhar Ali is sharing 10th position with India’s iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen which were updated after the Dubai Test which finished on Monday.

Azhar Ali scored 157 in Pakistan’s second innings score of 365 which set England a target of 324. England finished 71 runs short when it was bowled out for 252 to suffer a 3-0 whitewash – its first against Pakistan in 22 series.

For making his highest first-class score, Azhar was not only declared the man of the match but was also rewarded with a jump of 12 places in the batting table which has given him a place alongside Tendulkar.

For someone like Azhar Ali, who was first picked as a fast bowler in the Pakistan Under-19 squad in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2002, this is a huge turnaround in his career.

Azhar, who was shortlisted for the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award at the LG ICC Awards in London in 2011, featured in a match-winning 216-run third wicket partnership with Pakistan’s most experienced batsman Younus Khan. Younus’ contribution in that stand was 127, which was his 20th Test century.

For this, the 34-year-old has made a jump of five places which puts him back in the fifth position. Younus had dropped six places to 10th spot after the Abu Dhabi Test following scores of 24 and one.

England captain Andrew Strauss and Pakistan’s other youngster Asad Shafiq have also made gains. Strauss has lifted five places to 28th position after scores of 56 and 25, while Shafiq, who scored 45 in Pakistan’s first innings score of 99 all-out, has moved up four places to 43rd spot.

Batsmen losing ground include Alastair Cook in sixth (down by one), Misbah-ul-Haq in 12th (down by four), Jonathon Trott in 13th (down by seven), Ian Bell in 17th (down by five), Kevin Pietersen in 20th (down by one), Matt Prior in 22nd (down by one), Mohammad Hafeez in 33rd (down by three), Taufeeq Umar in 41st (down by six), Stuart Broad in 48th (down by two) and Adnan Akmal in 83rd (down by 11).