Sri Lanka drops to fourth position in Test Rankings

Jacques Kallis has become South Africa’s highest-ranked batsman after replacing Graeme Smith in the top 10 of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

The 34-year-old, who scored 120 and four in the Centurion Test against England, has climbed three places to eighth in the latest rankings which were released on Monday morning. It is the first time since August 2008 that Kallis has featured in the top 10 of the rankings which he first topped in January 2005.

In contrast, Smith, who scored a duck and 12 at Centurion, has dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in 16 months after sliding four places to 11th position.

Smith is not the only batsman inside the top 20 to take a dive in the latest rankings. Australia’s Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, Andrew Strauss of England and South Africa’s Ashwell Prince have suffered similar fates after disappointing performances with the bat at Centurion and in Perth.

Clarke, who scored 11 and 25 against the West Indies in the third and last Test, has dropped two places to sixth, Ponting has slipped two places to 14th (his lowest ranking since October 2002) after he scored 23 retired hurt and two, Strauss has dropped three places to 17th after scores of 46 and one, and Prince has slipped five places to 18th after scoring 45 and duck.

Batsmen outside the top 20 and slipping further down include Ramnaresh Sarwan 27th (down by three places), Alastair Cook 31st (down by three places), Matt Prior 37th (down by two places), Ian Bell 41st (down by five places) and Dwayne Bravo 44th (down by two places).

Apart from Kallis, the other batsmen to move in the right direction are AB de Villiers 12th (up by two places), Kevin Pietersen 13th (up by four places), Hashim Amla 25th (up by two places), Paul Collingwood 29th (up by two places), Brendan Nash 43rd (up by eight places), Mark Boucher 45th (up by five places) and Jonathan Trott 49th (up by five places).

Gautam Gambhir of India leads the batting table with Sri Lanka pair of Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara in second and third places, respectively.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, South Africa’s left-arm spinner Paul Harris and England’s spin and pace combination of Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad have achieved career-best rankings to date.

Harris, who recorded match figures of 7-174, has jumped two places to seventh position, Swann has moved up one place to 11th after match figures of 5-201 while Broad has joined Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria in 13th place after match figures of 3-132.

Also on the charge are Bravo 27th (up by three places), Morne Morkel 30th (up by one place), Doug Bollinger 39th (up by 31 places), Nathan Haurtiz 41st (up by five places) and Sulieman Benn 47th (up by three places).

James Anderson of England and Kallis are the only two bowlers inside the top 20 to lose ground. Both have dropped one place each to slip to 12th and 20th, respectively.

The list is still headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn with Australia’s Mitchell Johnson second and Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka third.

The only change in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders is the return of Bravo to the top five. The list is still headed by Kallis while the players between the South African and the West Indian are Daniel Vettori, Johnson and Shakib Al Hasan.


Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship (as of 21 December, after Australia and West Indies Test series and first Test between South Africa and England at Centurion)

Rank   Team                          Rating


1          India                            124

2          South Africa               122

3          Australia                      116

4          Sri Lanka                     115

5          England                       105

6          Pakistan                       83

7          New Zealand              81

8          West Indies                 77

9          Bangladesh                 13


(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship (as of 21 December, after Australia and West Indies Test series and first Test between South Africa and England at Centurion)

Batsmen

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

1           ( – )          G. Gambhir           Ind          877         56.73     886 v SL at Kanpur 2009

2           ( – )          M. Jayawardena  SL           836         53.96     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

3           ( – )          K. Sangakkara     SL           835         55.10     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

4           (+1)         Virender Sehwag  Ind          804         52.50     854 v SA at Kolkata 2004

5           (+1)         M. Yousuf             Pak         793         54.12     933 v WI at Karachi 2006

6           (-2)          Michael Clarke    Aus         782         49.50     855 v Eng at Headingley 2009

7           (+1)         Younus Khan       Pak         777         50.09     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

8           (+3)         Jacques Kallis       SA           768         54.74     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

9           ( – )          S.Chanderpaul     WI          765         48.70     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

10         ( – )          Ross Taylor          NZ          763         42.15     775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

11         (-4)          Graeme Smith      SA           747         49.64     810 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

12         (+2)         AB de Villiers        SA           745!       44.02     745 v Eng at Centurion 2009

13         (+4)         Kevin Pietersen    Eng         742         50.18     909 v WI at Headingley 2007

14         (-2)          Ricky Ponting       Aus         741         55.46     942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

15         (+1)         Rahul Dravid        Ind          728         53.60     892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005

16         (+2)         S. Tendulkar         Ind          723         54.72     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

17         (-3)          Andrew Strauss    Eng         722         44.27     769 v SA at Johannesburg 2005

18         (-5)          Ashwell Prince      SA           721         46.55     756 v Pak at Centurion 2007

19         ( – )          VVS Laxman       Ind          708         45.50     753 v Aus at Sydney 2004

20         ( – )          T. Samaraweera  SL           707         51.14     747 v Ind at Kanpur 2009

Bowlers


Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts      Avge      Econ      HS Rating

1           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           836         23.70     897 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2008

2           ( – )          M. Johnson           Aus         773         28.70     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

3           ( – )          M. Muralidaran   SL           752         22.71     920 v Ban at Kandy 2007

4=        ( – )          Makhaya Ntini    SA           722         28.53     863 v Ind at Durban 2006

(+1)         M. Asif                   Pak         722*      22.22     743 v NZ at Wellington 2009

6           ( – )          Harbhajan Singh Ind          712         30.82     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002

7           (+2)         Paul Harris            SA           705*!    31.91     705 v Eng at Centurion 2009

8           (-1)          Stuart Clark          Aus         689*      23.86     863 v WI at Bridgetown 2008

9           (-1)          Shane Bond          NZ          676*      22.09     778 v WI at Auckland 2006

10         ( – )          Zaheer Khan        Ind          666         33.96     689 v Pak at Delhi 2007

11         (+1)         Graeme Swann    Eng         656*!    31.32     656 v SA at Centurion 2009

12         (-1)          James Anderson  Eng         649         34.88     710 v Aus at Edgbaston 2009

13=       ( – )          Danish Kaneria    Pak         622         33.84     723 v Eng at Multan 2005

(+1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         622*!    36.14     622 v SA at Centurion 2009

15         ( – )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          613         33.61     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

16         ( – )          R. Sidebottom      Eng         604*      27.70     769 v SA at Lord’s 2008

17         ( – )          Brett Lee               Aus         603         30.81     811 v WI at Antigua 2008

18         ( – )          Jerome Taylor      WI          598*      35.64     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009

19         (+1)         Chris Martin         NZ          592         33.61     643 v Eng at Lord’s 2004

20         (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           589         31.10     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

All-rounders


Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating


1           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA           452        616 v Pak at Durban 2002

2           ( – )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          412!       412 v Pak at Napier 2009

3           ( – )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         313*/    384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

4           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        282*/*! 282 v WI at St George’s 2009

5           (+1)         Dwayne Bravo     WI          272 /*   295 v Aus at Bridgetown 2008


*Indicates a provisional rating