1 Sep 2009

Sangakkara back on top in world test rankings

6:05 am on 1 September 2009

The Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has reclaimed the top spot in the International Cricket Council's test rankings for batsmen after his inspired knocks in the final test against New Zealand.

Sangakkara scored 50 and 109 in the home side's 96-run win for a 2-nil sweep to regain his top ranking from India's Gautam Gambhir.

Sangakkara's team mate and man of the match Mahela Jayawardene moved up four places to a career-best third after scoring 92 and 96 in the same match.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor and captain Daniel Vettori have also made movements in the right direction.

Taylor, who contributed 81 and 27 in the lost cause, has jumped four places to share 23rd spot with West Indies' Chris Gayle while Vettori's fourth Test century has helped him improve his ranking by one position. He now sits in 28th spot.

The only change in the top 20 of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers is New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin who has slipped two places to 18th position.

Sri Lanka's left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is the biggest mover in the bowlers' rankings as the 31-year-old from Kurunegala has rocketed 12 places to 28th spot after match figures of 8 for 209, including 5 for 139 in the second innings.

New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel is the other bowler to rise in the latest bowling table. The off-spinner has climbed three places to 46th after match figures of 6-200, including 4-78 in the first innings.

South Africa's Dale Steyn leads the bowlers' ranking from Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka and Mitchell Johnson of Australia.

There is also no change in the top five of the Test all-rounders as Jacques Kallis continues to lead the field by a distance. However, Vettori has achieved his career-best rating that has helped him open up the gap with third-placed Johnson.