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Clarke vaults into top 10 after triple century

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sun, Jan 08, 2012 13:01 hrs

Dubai, Jan 8 (IBNS) Australia captain Michael Clarke has rocketed his way into the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in 15 months after his career-best unbeaten triple century earned his side an innings and 68 runs victory in the second Test in Sydney on Friday. The win gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.

Clarke scored 329 runs, after a little over 10 hours of vigil at the crease, during which he received 468 deliveries, off which 39 were converted into fours and one into a six. For this magnificent achievement, the 30-year-old has been rewarded with a jump of 12 places and he is now in eighth position.



This is Clarke's best ranking since his eighth position which he had achieved after the Mohali Test against India in October 2010. The charismatic skipper has also become his side's highest-ranked batsman after leapfrogging Michael Hussey.

Hussey has moved up four places to 12th position after scoring an unconquered 150. The left-hander had also featured in an unbroken 334-run fifth wicket partnership with Clarke, which had earned Australia a 468-run first innings lead.

Former captain Ricky Ponting, who was the third centurion in Australia's imposing 659-4 declared, has also gained a place and is now in 23rd spot. The 37-year-old Ponting scored his 40th hundred when he was out after scoring 134.

The news is not very good for the top-order India batsmen who have dipped in the latest rankings.

Sachin Tendulkar has dropped two places to sixth position, Rahul Dravid has fallen four spots to 15th position, VVS Laxman has dropped one place to 18th spot and Virender Sehwag has fallen out of the top 20, in 22nd position, after conceding four places.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus has continued his impressive form and has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career.

Hilfenhaus, who had figures of 3-51 and 5-106, has jumped 11 places to claim 11th position. The 28-year-old Tasmanian is just two ratings points behind 10th-ranked Daniel Vettori of New Zealand. Given that he is in a qualification period for bowlers*, it is likely that he will move even further up the ladder depending on how he performs in the third Test which starts in Perth on 13 January.

Meanwhile, South Africa wrapped up its three-Test series against Sri Lanka on Friday with a crushing win in Cape Town. The 2-1 series win earned Graeme Smith's side one ratings point and kept it in third position in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table.

Nevertheless, the good news for South Africa is that it will will be ranked second when the Test Championship table is next updated after the Adelaide Test. And this is because India's successive defeats in Australia means the best Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side can now achieve is a two-all draw which will not be enough to keep it ahead of South Africa on the Championship table.

If the series in Australia ends in a draw, then India and South Africa will be locked at 117 ratings points but the Proteas will be ranked ahead of India when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. If Australia wins 3-0, it will move to 110 ratings points, two behind India, while a 3-1 series win will mean India will drop to 113 ratings points while Australia will rise to 108 ratings points.

However, if Australia makes a clean sweep of the series, then both sides will be locked at 111 ratings points, but India will still be ranked above Australia by a fraction of a point.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Alviro Petersen have moved in the right direction by scoring excellent centuries.

Kallis, who scored 224 in his 150th Test, has reclaimed second position behind number-one ranked Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka after earning two places, while de Villiers has gained three places to occupy fifth position after hitting 160 not out. Opener Petersen, who scored 109 in his comeback Test, has moved up 13 places to 55th position.

For Sri Lanka, Thilan Samaraweera is the only batsman to make an upward movement. The middle-order batsman has achieved a career-best ranking of 10th after scores of 11 and 115 not out.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, South Africa's Vernon Philander has gained seven places to claim a career-best ranking of 21st after match figures of six for 100. Considering that he made his international debut against Australia only a couple of months ago in Cape Town, it is nothing but an incredible entry into international cricket.

The 26-year-old is in a qualification period for bowlers*. As such, it is likely that he will move even further up the tree depending on how he performs in the three-Test series against New Zealand which starts in Dunedin on 7 February.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Kallis has returned to second position, which he had conceded after a disappointing Durban Test. Kallis backed up his double-century with second innings figures of three for 35 which have helped him sit just nine ratings points behind Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh - the man who ended his reign of three thousand, six hundred and ninety-six days at the top of the all-rounders' ranking by becoming the first Bangladesh player to score a century and take five wickets in the same innings of a Test against Pakistan last month.


Reliance ICC Test Championship table (as on 8 January, before the conclusion of South Africa and Sri Lanka Test series)

1- England 125

2- India 118

3- South Africa 117

4- Australia 103

5- Pakistan 99

6- Sri Lanka 98

7- West Indies 88

8- New Zealand 83

9- Bangladesh 4


(Zimbabwe will have to play eight Tests before it will have a ranking)
(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Rankings (as on 8 January, after Sydney and Cape Town Tests)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
1 ( - ) K.Sangakkara SL 850 55.97 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
2 (+2) Jacques Kallis SA 846 57.02 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
3 (-1) Alastair Cook Eng 823 49.72 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
4 (-1) Ian Bel Eng 822! 49.28 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
5 (+3) AB de Villiers SA 815! 49.42 815 v SL at Cape Town 2012
6 (-2) S.Tendulkar Ind 805 56.03 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
7 (-1) Younus Khan Pak 789 53.03 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
8 (+12) Michael Clarke Aus 781 48.65 855 v Eng at Headingley 2009
9 (-1) Jonathan Trott Eng 776* 57.79 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
10 (+3) T.Samaraweera SL 775! 53.42 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012
11 (-1) Kevin Pietersen Eng 770 50.48 909 v WI at Headingley 2007
12 (+4) Mike Hussey Aus 768 51.76 921 v WI at Kingston 2008
13 (-1) S.Chanderpaul WI 766 49.28 901 v NZ at Napier 2008
14 (-7) Hashim Amla SA 760 46.97 842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010
15 (-4) Rahul Dravid Ind 741 52.82 892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005
16 (-2) Graeme Smith SA 731 49.42 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
17 (-2) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 730 46.34 735 v SL at Sharjah 2011
18 (-1) VVS Laxman Ind 690 46.50 781 v WI at Dominica 2011
19 ( - ) Darren Bravo WI 683*! 52.50 683 v Ind at Mumbai 2011
20= ( - ) Matt Prior Eng 679 44.71 692 v Ind at Trent Bridge 2011
( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 679 40.81 775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
22 (-4) V. Sehwag Ind 670 51.51 866 v SL at Galle 2010
23 (+1) Ricky Ponting Aus 666 52.70 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006
26 (-1) M.Jayawardena SL 620 50.43 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
31 ( - ) G. Gambhir Ind 593 46.53 886 v SL at Kanpur 2009
33 ( - ) T.Dilshan SL 582 40.89 700 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
36 ( - ) MS Dhoni Ind 556 37.98 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
37 ( - ) A. Mathews SL 555* 39.85 582 v Pak at Dubai 2011
39 ( - ) Brad Haddin Aus 532 35.54 637 v WI at Perth 2009
43 (-1) N.T.P'thana SL 509 33.54 547 v Pak at Sharjah 2011
48 ( - ) P.Jayawardena SL 471 31.88 504 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2011
50 ( - ) Mark Boucher SA 470 30.20 566 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2010
55 (+13) Alviro Petersen SA 424*! 37.88 424 v SL at Cape Town 2012
60 (-6) D.Chandimal SL 391* 37.00 435 v SA at Durban 2011
69 (-6) David Warner Aus 352* 40.60 387 v NZ at Hobart 2011
72 (+16) R.Ashwin Ind 342*! 37.71 342 v Aus at Sydney 2012
82 (-21) Ed Cowan Aus 312* 30.66 383 v Ind at Melbourne 2011
86 ( - ) Peter Siddle Aus 284 ! 16.32 284 v Ind at Sydney 2012
(-4) Shaun Marsh Aus 284* 35.87 427 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2011
98 (-2) Dale Steyn SA 255! 15.77 255 v SL at Cape Town 2012


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating
1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 896 23.07 902 v SL at Centurion 2011
2 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 811 30.57 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
3 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 755 28.82 858 v Pak at Lord´s 2010
4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 744 ! 32.00 744 v Ind at The Oval 2011
5 (+1) Zaheer Khan Ind 716 31.54 752 v SA at Durban 2010
6 (-1) Morne Morkel SA 715 30.58 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
7 ( - ) Peter Siddle Aus 692 ! 30.67 692 v Ind at Sydney 2012
8 (+1) S Al Hasan Ban 678* 31.33 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
9 (-2) Rangana Herath SL 660 34.33 681 v SA at Durban 2011
10 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 654 33.67 681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating
11 (+11) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 652*! 31.10 652 v Ind at Sydney 2012
21 (+7) V.Philander SA 574*! 13.23 574 v SL at Cape Town 2012
25 (-4) Ishant Sharma Ind 548 36.80 671 v WI at Dominica 2011
29 (+2) James Pattinson Aus 508*! 18.12 508 v Ind at Sydney 2012
31 (-2) C.Welegedara SL 473* 39.21 492 v SA at Durban 2011
32 (+2) Jacques Kallis SA 467 32.51 742 v Eng at Headingley 2003
43 (-8) R.Ashwin Ind 337* 30.84 436 v WI at Mumbai 2011
50 (-8) Umesh Yadav Ind 298* 30.62 385 v Aus at Melbourne 2011
51 ( - ) M.de Lange SA 296* 15.75 299 v SL at Durban 2011
52 (-4) Nathan Lyon Aus 293* 30.04 356 v NZ at Hobart 2011
58 (+9) Imran Tahir SA 250*! 36.78 250 v SL at Cape Town 2012
61 (-3) T.Dilshan SL 247* 41.03 255 v SA at Durban 2011
67 (-1) V.Sehwag Ind 191* 46.51 320 v Aus at Delhi 2008
68 (+1) D.Prasad SL 176* 59.77 243 v Ban at Mirpur 2008
76 (+6) Michael Clarke Aus 134* 36.83 265 v NZ at Wellington 2005
82 (-3) Mike Hussey Aus 109* 31.83 140 v NZ at Hobart 2011
92 (-1) A.Mathews SL 75* 71.57 110 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2009

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 404 /*! 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
2 (+3) Jacques Kallis SA 395 616 v Pak at Durban 2002
3 (-1) Daniel Vettori NZ 385 412 v Pak at Napier 2009
4 (-1) Stuart Broad Eng 376! 376 v Ind at The Oval 2011
5 (-1) Shane Watson Aus 364 /* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.

!indicates career-highest rating



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