Jayawardena replaces Sangakkara as number-one Test batsman

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Dubai, 22 November 2009

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena has achieved the number-one ranking in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career after an epic double-century in the drawn first Test against India at Ahmedabad earlier this week.


The 32-year-old from Colombo scored a masterly 275 – his sixth double-century in 108 Tests – to leapfrog team-mate Kumar Sangakkara and India opener Gautam Gambhir.


Jayawardena, who during his mammoth knock became only the ninth batsman to complete 9,000 Test runs, is just 17 points short of becoming only the 25th batsman overall to reach the 900-point mark which, in ranking terms, is the benchmark for top batsmen.


Before Jayawardena, Australia’s Mike Hussey was the last batsman to reach the 900-point mark in the 131-year history of Test cricket when he achieved the rare distinction after the Sydney Test against India in January 2008.


Sangakkara scored 31 in Ahmedabad while Gambhir scored 1 and 114 which means that only seven points separate the two left-handers. With the second Test starting in Kanpur from Tuesday, both the stylish batsmen would be aiming to stamp their superiority over the other.


Also on the charge are the five other centurions from the Ahmedabad Test.


India’s iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar has moved up by one place to share 15th spot with England’s Kevin Pietersen, Tillakaratne Dilshan has achieved a career-best 18th position by improving his ranking by three places, Rahul Dravid has jumped five places to sit just outside the top 20 in 21st position, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has leaped three places to 30th spot and Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Prasanna Jayawardena has vaulted 20 places to 60th position.


In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, the only change in the top 20 is Harbhajan Singh who has slipped one place to sixth in the latest rankings while the gap between number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralidaran’s has opened from 20 points to 31 points. Harbhajan took 2-189 in the first Test while Muralidaran had match figures of 3-221.


There is no change in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders as Jacques Kallis of South Africa continues to lead New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and Mitchell Johnson of Australia.


Meanwhile, two series begin next week with the three-Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand beginning in Dunedin from Tuesday and Australia hosting the West Indies for a three-Test series with the opener in Brisbane from Thursday.


In the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table, Pakistan sits in sixth position on 84 ratings points with New Zealand four points behind in seventh place and the West Indies in eighth-position on 76 ratings points.


If Pakistan sweeps the series, it will rocket to 93 ratings points while Vettori’s side will slip to 74 points. However, if the series result is reversed, New Zealand will rise to 87 points and Pakistan will be guaranteed eighth-position on 74 ratings points irrespective how Australia and the West Indies series pans out.


Australia’s 3-0 win will earn it just one ratings point and will take it to 117 ratings points.


To check Test series permutations, please go to http://icc-cricket.yahoo.net/match_zone/odi_predictor.php.


The schedule of the series is:


Pakistan v New Zealand

24-28 November: First Test, Dunedin

3-7 December: Second Test, Wellington

11-15 December: Third Test, Napier


Australia v West Indies

26-30 November: First Test, Brisbane

4-8 December: Second Test, Adelaide

16-20 December: Third Test, Perth


For more information go to www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com

Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship (as of 22 November, prior to the start of Pakistan – New Zealand Test series and after the first Test between India – Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad)

Rank   Team                          Rating


1          South Africa               122

2          Sri Lanka                     120

3          India                            119

4          Australia                      116

5          England                       105

6          Pakistan                       84

7          New Zealand              80

8          West Indies                 76

9          Bangladesh                 13


(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance Mobile ICC Test Rankings (as of 22 November, prior to the start of Pakistan – New Zealand Test series and after the first Test between India – Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad)

Batsmen

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

1           (+2)         Mahela Jayawardena         SL           883!       54.67     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

2           (-1)          Kumar Sangakkara            SL           846         55.18     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

3           (-1)          Gautam Gambhir                                Ind          839         54.22     847 v NZ at Wellington 2009

4           ( – )          S.Chanderpaul                     WI          821         49.28     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

5           ( – )          Mohammad Yousuf           Pak         818         54.86     933 v WI at Karachi 2006

6           ( – )          Michael Clarke                    Aus         808         49.35     855 v Eng at Headingley 2009

7           ( – )          Younus Khan                       Pak         801         50.09     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

8           ( – )          Graeme Smith                      SA           782         50.33     810 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

9           ( – )          Ricky Ponting                       Aus         779         55.88     942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

10         ( – )          Jacques Kallis                       SA           755         54.66     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

11         (+1)         Thilan Samaraweera          SL           744!       52.12     744 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

12         (-1)          Ashwell Prince                      SA           742         47.29     756 v Pak at Centurion 2007

13=       ( – )          Andrew Strauss                    Eng         740         44.62     769 v SA at Johannesburg 2005

( – )          AB de Villiers                        SA           740!       43.92     740 v Aus at Cape Town 2009

15=       (+1)         Sachin Tendulkar                Ind          727         54.79     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

( – )          Kevin Pietersen                    Eng         727         49.96     909 v WI at Headingley 2007

17         ( – )          Ramnaresh Sarwan            WI          704         42.32     767 v Eng at Bridgetown 2009

18         (+3)         Tillakaratne Dilshan           SL           700!       43.88     700 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

19         (-1)          VVS Laxman                       Ind          696         45.28     753 v Aus at Sydney 2004

20         (-1)          Simon Katich                       Aus         687         43.33     720 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

Bowlers


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

1           ( – )          Dale Steyn                            SA           844         23.70     897 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2008

2           ( – )          Muttiah Muralidaran          SL           793         22.41     920 v Ban at Kandy 2007

3           ( – )          Mitchell Johnson                 Aus         786         28.80     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

4           ( – )          Makhaya Ntini                    SA           741         28.37     863 v Ind at Durban 2006

5           (+1)         Stuart Clark                          Aus         710*      23.86     863 v WI at Bridgetown 2008

6           (-1)          Harbhajan Singh                 Ind          706         30.81     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002

7           ( – )          Paul Harris                            SA           669*!    32.60     669 v Aus at Cape Town 2009

8           ( – )          Zaheer Khan                        Ind          650         34.03     689 v Pak at Delhi 2007

9           ( – )          James Anderson                  Eng         643         34.87     710 v Aus at Edgbaston 2009

10         ( – )          Graeme Swann                    Eng         634*!    30.39     634 v Aus at The Oval 2009

11         ( – )          Daniel Vettori                       NZ          631         33.51     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

12         ( – )          Brett Lee                               Aus         621         30.81     811 v WI at Antigua 2008

13=       ( – )          Stuart Broad                         Eng         617*!    35.78     617 v Aus at The Oval 2009

( – )          Peter Siddle                           Aus         617*!    28.93     617 v Eng at The Oval 2009

15         ( – )          Jerome Taylor                      WI          614*      35.55     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009

16         ( – )          Ryan Sidebottom                                Eng         610*      27.70     769 v SA at Lord’s 2008

17         ( – )          Danish Kaneria                    Pak         605         34.57     723 v Eng at Multan 2005

18         ( – )          Jacques Kallis                       SA           603         31.08     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

19         ( – )          Chris Martin                         NZ          587         33.78     643 v Eng at Lord’s 2004

20         ( – )          Umar Gul                              Pak         586*      32.40     627 v WI at Karachi 2006


All-rounders


Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts                          HS Rating


1           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA           455        616 v Pak at Durban 2002

2           ( – )          Daniel Vettori       NZ          395!       395 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2009

3           ( – )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         342*/    384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

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

5           ( – )          Stuart Broad         Eng         278*/*! 278 v Aus at The Oval 2009

*Indicates a provisional rating


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