14 Apr 2012

Clarke loses top batsman ranking

9:24 am on 14 April 2012

Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke has lost his status as the world's top-ranked Test batsman despite his team's first Test win over the West Indies this week.

Clarke has fallen two spots to third behind South Africa's AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis in the wake of the three-wicket win in Barbados.

The Australia captain managed 73 and six in his two innings at Kensington Oval but the scores weren't enough to hold on to top spot.

The news was better for man of the match Ryan Harris and impressive fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus who have both achieved career-high rankings on the bowling list after their first Test efforts.

Hilfenhaus's efforts lifted him three spots to eighth on the list of world Test bowlers while 32-year-old Harris is up five to 16th.

Windies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has moved up to fifth on the batting list after his unbeaten 103 in the first innings in Barbados.