Sangakarra steals AB’s top ranking

2015-01-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the ICC Test Players rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs.

Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakarra’s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the rankings for Test batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points.

In the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers, New Zealand’s Trent Boult returned match figures of four for 130 runs to help his side to victory over Sri Lanka and improve his ranking by one place to sixth on 795 points, nine adrift of Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn still heads the bowling rankings and holds a commanding 79 points lead over second-placed Ryan Harris.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Johnson has also dropped a spot and thus swaps places with England’s Stuart Broad in the ICC player rankings for Test all-rounders, with the Australian left-arm speedster now lying in fifth spot. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan remains on top.

ICC Test Team rankings:

1. South Africa 124

2. Australia 119

3. England 104

4. Pakistan 103

5. New Zealand 99

6. Sri Lanka 96

7. India 93

8. West Indies 76

9. Bangladesh 32

10. Zimbabwe 18

ICC Test Player ranking

Batsmen: 1. Kumar Sangakkara 909

2. AB de Villiers 908

3. Hashim Amla 891

4. Steven Smith 873

5. Angelo Mathews 841

6. Kane Williamson 839

7. Shivnarine Chanderpaul 834

8. Younus Khan 818

9. David Warner 805

10. Joe Root 789

Bowlers: 1. Dale Steyn 905

2. Ryan Harris 826

3. Rangana Herath 807

4. James Anderson 806

5. Mitchell Johnson 804

6. Trent Boult 795

7. Vernon Philander 780

8. Stuart Broad 774

9. Kemar Roach 759

10. Tim Southee 743

All-rounders: 1. Shakib Al Hasan 398

2. Vernon Philander 341

3. Ravichandran Ashwin 318

4. Stuart Broad 296

5. Mitchell Johnson 291.

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