20 Feb 2014

McCullum’s historic effort lands him career-best ranking

6:30 am on 20 February 2014

New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum has climbed to a career high 12th in the International Cricket Council's test batsmen rankings following his spectacular match-saving triple-century against India in Wellington.

McCullum, who became the first New Zealander to score a triple hundred eventually finishing on 302, lifted the Black Caps to a memorable draw in the second and final Test, and a rare test series victory over India.

Named the Player of the Match in Wellington, McCullum shares 12th position with Australia's David Warner.

Warner scored 115 in the second innings of the first Test against South Africa at Centurion, a match won by his side by 281 runs.

McCullum's partner in a world record sixth-wicket partnership worth 352, BJ Watling, has also moved up the rankings, jumping three places to 45th as a result of his knock of 124.

South Africa's AB de Villiers continues to top the batting table, followed by Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara in second position and West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul in third.