1 Nov 2008

Vettori climbs Test cricket rankings

12:14 pm on 1 November 2008

The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has gained two places in the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers after good performances in the just-concluded series in Bangladesh.

The left-arm spinner recorded series figures of 14 for 199, including five for 66 in the rain-affected second Test, which has helped him climb two places to 12th in the bowlers' listing.

Vettori started the series in 21st position and improved his ranking by nine places.

Fast bowler Iain O'Brien is the other big mover, gaining six places to 40th spot after series haul of 8 for 95.

The list is headed by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran with Australia's Stuart Clark in second spot and Dale Steyn of South Africa in third position.

There is no change in the top 30 for Test batsmen.

But there is good news for New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder, who has rocketed up 45 places to 84th position thanks to his knocks of 91 and 39 not out in Mirpur.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul heads the batting chart while Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is second and Mike Hussey of Australia third.

Vettori also gained ground on South Africa's Jacques Kallis in the all-rounders rankings but remains in second position with no changes affecting the top five of that category.