Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has replaced Australia captain Michael Clarke as the top Test batsman in the world.
The reliable Chanderpaul leads Clarke by a single ratings point to regain his position at the top of the table, according to the latest ICC rankings, released yesterday.
Chanderpaul’s return to the coveted spot follows his double century last month in the first Test against Bangladesh. He also scored 150 in the second Test. He is now the top-ranked batsman with 879 ratings points while Clarke shadows him closely on 878 points.
Clarke has slipped to second position after regaining the number-one spot last week at the conclusion of the Adelaide Test. South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has moved within four ratings points of becoming the number-one ranked batsman.
Amla, who was declared man-of-the-match in the Perth Test, has moved up two places to third position with 875 ratings points following his match-winning knock of 196 in the second innings of the series-decider.
Although four ratings points separate the top three batsmen, Clarke will have the first shot at regaining the number-one position when he leads his side in the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Hobart on December 14. South Africa will return to the Test arena next year when it plays New Zealand in the first Test in Cape Town on January 2, while the West Indies are not scheduled to play a Test until March when it will host Zimbabwe for a two-Test series.††