19 Dec 2012

Clarke number one test batsman

12:19 pm on 19 December 2012

The Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke has reclaimed the top spot in the latest ICC test batting rankings.

Clarke, who entered the Hobart test trailing number-one ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul by just one ratings point, now leads the West Indian by nine points.

Clarke's knocks of 74 and 57 in the Hobart test against Sri Lanka that was won by Australia by 137 runs, played a part in helping him race to the top.

England's captain Alastair Cook, who was the other contender for the top spot, remains in fourth position after losing 38 ratings points following his double failure in the Nagpur test which ended in a draw.

The bowlers' table is still headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn while Sri Lanka's spinner Rangana Herath has dropped two places to fourth whereas Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle, who was the player of the match at Hobart for his spells of five for 54 and four for 50, is now at fifth place with a best-ever 806 ratings points.

Ross Taylor is the best ranked New Zealand batsman in eighth position, while in the bowling rankings, Chris Martin is 17th and Tim Southee 19th.