Amla moves up to second spot in ICC rankings

2014-02-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s quartet of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and Dean Elgar, as well as David Warner, Chris Rogers and Nathan Lyon of Australia are the biggest movers in the latest ICC Player Rankings released yesterday, following the conclusion of the Port Elizabeth Test, which the home side won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series.

Amla, who followed up his second-ball duck with his 21st career century, has moved up two places to join Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in second place in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, with team-mate AB de Villiers still leading the field.

Australia opener David Warner, who scored two half-centuries, is the other batsman inside the top 20 to head in the right direction. The left-hander gained two places in the latest rankings and is now in 10th position.

Rogers returned to the top 20 as his second-innings contribution of 107 gave him a lift of six places to 16th position. After Michael Clarke (ninth), Warner and Steven Smith (17th), Rogers is the fourth Australia batsman to occupy a place in the top 20.

South Africa’s Du Plessis is the next biggest mover in the batting chart as he leaped seven places to 29th following his scores of 55 and 24. He is followed by Duminy whose 123 in the first innings put him in 45th (up by 20 places). Elgar’s 83 and 16 lifted him 36 places to 77th spot.

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