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Amla ranks as No. 1 Test batsman

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 03:47 hrs

Hashim Amla leads a number of South Africa players who continue to make impressive gains in the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings released on Monday.

South Africa players now head the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings tables for batting, bowling and all-rounders, after the side's 211 runs win over Pakistan in the first Test in Johannesburg on Monday, which gave it a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Amla has taken over the number-one position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsman for the first time in his career, after entering the Johannesburg Test trailing Australia captain Michael Clarke by just one ratings point.



He has moved to top spot after knocks of 37 and 74 not out, and now sits on 895 ratings points, which is his career-best rating.

Amla, who was shortlisted for the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, now heads both the Test and ODI batting tables.

He is the first man since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on December 2007 to do so.

Amla, reacting to his number-one Test ranking, said: "I am surprised and happy with my position as the No.1 ranked Test batsman. However, I'm also mindful that rankings change quite regularly.

"It's been a great year for our squad, and to be honest I still don't think that I am the best batsman in our team. What has been most pleasing though for us has been the all-round contribution from everyone in the squad that has been the main reason for our success over the last few years."

"Needless to say, it is always easier to be at the top of your game and successful when you are part of a winning team. Dale and Jacques have been tireless workhorses for the Proteas and continue to consistently put on quality performances for our team, it is no wonder that they are at the top of the bowling and all-rounder rankings."

Fast bowler Dale Steyn has broken the 900-rating points barrier for the second time in his career to retain his number one position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, and Jacques Kallis still heads the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.

South Africa vice-captain AB de Villiers has achieved a career-best fourth position in the batting rankings after knocks of 31 and 103 not out, and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 10th position (up by three).

Others to make upward movements in the batting rankings are Pakistan's Asad Shafiq in 28th (up by four) and Faf du Plessis of South Africa in 34th (up by four).

Dale Steyn breaks 900 ratings points barrier again

Player of the match in the Johannesburg Test, Dale Steyn, has broken the 900-rating points barrier for the second time in his career in the bowling rankings, thanks to spells of six to eight and five for 52.

Steyn now has 908 ratings points, the best by a Test bowler since Muttiah Muralidaran reached the same rating in July 2008 against India.

Steyn last broke the 900-ratings points barrier in November 2011 after the Cape Town Test against Australia.

He now sits alongside ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Alan Davidson of Australia in 13th position on the Reliance ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating.

Other bowlers to make upward movements are Jacques Kallis in 29th (up by four) and Mohammad Hafeez in 48th (up by eight).

Kallis continues to head the all-rounders' list, but Hafeez has broken into the top 10 after jumping three places to 10th.



Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on Feb 4 after Johannesburg Test)

Batsmen


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

1 (+1) Hashim Amla SA 895! 51.94 895 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 (-1) Michael Clarke Aus 887 52.54 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

3 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 879 51.67 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 (+2) AB de Villiers SA 844! 49.96 844 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

5 (-1) K Sangakkara SL 842 55.80 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

6 (-1) Alastair Cook Eng 836 49.42 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

7 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 794 56.48 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

8 ( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 769 43.57 785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

9 (+1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 759 49.42 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

10 (+3) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 733 45.38 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

11 (-2) Younus Khan Pak 730 51.00 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

12 (-1) Azhar Ali Pak 727 43.85 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

13 (-1) Graeme Smith SA 726 49.15 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

14 ( - ) Jonathan Trott Eng 709 49.50 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

15 ( - ) Matt Prior Eng 693 43.19 698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

16 ( - ) Ian Bell Eng 680 46.71 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

17 ( - ) Marlon Samuels WI 668! 37.36 668 v Ban at Khulna 2012

18 ( - ) Darren Bravo WI 661* 46.77 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

19 ( - ) Sachin Tendulkar Ind 653 54.32 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

20 ( - ) M Jayawardena SL 652 49.56 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009


Selected Rankings


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

21 ( - ) Alviro Petersen SA 637 41.07 655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

28 (+4) Asad Shafiq Pak 605*! 41.34 605 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

34 (+4) Faf du Plessis SA 571*! 97.20 571 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

41 ( - ) Taufeeq Umar Pak 507* 38.72 703 v SA at Faisalabad 2003

86 (NEW) Nasir Jamshed Pak 278*! 24.00 278 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

88 (-4) Vernon Philander SA 275* 19.14 293 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

92 (+4) Dean Elgar SA 265*! 37.75 265 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013


Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 908! 22.67 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 857* 17.48 859 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

3 (+1) Rangana Herath SL 809 29.95 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

4 (+1) Peter Siddle Aus 800 28.51 806 v SL at Hobart 2012

5 (-2) Saeed Ajmal Pak 789 28.03 836 v SL at Galle 2012

6 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 759 30.39 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

7 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 755 29.13 858 v Pak at Lord´s 2010

8 (+1) Pragyan Ojha Ind 739* 31.62 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

9 (-1) Morne Morkel SA 722 29.93 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10 ( - ) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 721* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

11 (+1) Kemar Roach WI 698* 27.69 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

12 (-1) Abdur Rehman Pak 697* 28.40 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

13 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 657 31.93 783 v WI at Lord´s 2012

14 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 641 32.53 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

15 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 625 32.35 752 v SA at Durban 2010

16 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 611* 28.22 621 v SA at Lord´s 2012

17 ( - ) Chris Martin NZ 606 33.81 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 600 30.63 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

19 ( - ) Umar Gul Pak 597 33.53 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

20 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 566* 32.41 595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012


Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

29 (+4) Jacques Kallis SA 517 32.22 742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

38 (-1) Junaid Khan Pak 447* 28.17 456 v SL at Pallekele 2012

48 (+8) M Hafeez Pak 356*! 32.21 356 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

56 (-6) Robin Peterson SA 301* 32.04 335 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013


All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking

1 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 410 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

2 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 387 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 308/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

4 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 288 327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

5 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 285 412 v Pak at Napier 2009


Selected Rankings


Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking

10 (+3) M Hafeez Pak 199 199 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

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