Nov 29, 2010

Tendulkar loses pinnacle Test spot to Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen, ending Sachin Tendulkar's short-lived reside at the head of the table.

Sangakkara's acts in the first two Tests of the ongoing series against West Indies coincided with Tendulkar's modest returns against New Zealand, leading to a swap at the top. Sangakkara has so far scored 228 runs in the West Indies series, obtaining him to 882 rating points, 23 clear of Tendulkar who could run only one half-century in four innings against New Zealand. Virender Sehwag is in the third place, nine points behind Tendulkar, whereas Jacques Kallis is fourth, with 806.

South Africa's AB de Villiers and England's Jonathan Trott have broken into the top ten for the first time, next strong performances against Pakistan and Australia correspondingly. de Villiers amassed an unbeaten 278 in Abu Dhabi, the highest Test score by a South Africa batsman, forcing him to fifth. Trott's unbeaten 135 be a parts of England’s strong second-innings resistance in the Ashes-opener, serving his side earn a creditable draw, and lifting him to the eighth spot.

On the bowling front, India's fast-bowling spearhead, Zaheer Khan, surged to third in the Test ratings, his uppermost classification to date. South Africa seamer Dale Steyn and England offspinner Graeme Swann kept the top two positions. Australia's Peter Siddle, who picked up six wickets on the first day at the Gabba, as well as a hat-trick, rose to the 14th spot, while England seamer Steven Finn moved up to 19th on the back of his six-for.

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