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Chanderpaul displaced from top spot
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:Younis Khan, S Chanderpaul, GP Swann

DateLine: 10th May 2009

 

West Indies's Shivnarine Chanderpaul has lost his number-one position in the latest Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after his side's 10-wicket defeat to England at Lord's. Pakistan's Younus Khan has therefore moved back on top of the rankings, a position he briefly held earlier this year thanks to the triple-century he scored in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lahore in late February. The 31-year-old is averaging 51.80 through his 60-match Test career so far and the 313 he scored in that match was the 17th-highest Test score in the history of the game.

 

Another batsman who has slipped in the rankings is England's Kevin Pietersen, whose first-ball duck in the first innings at Lord's has ensured he drops three places in the latest rankings and now sits in ninth position. Also in the top 20, Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies and England captain Andrew Strauss each lose one place to 14th and 16th positions respectively, with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman benefiting.

 

Outside the top 20, Ravi Bopara was the big mover, gaining 45 places to 72nd position after scoring his second Test century for England while Graeme Swann also took a 44-place leap following his unbeaten 63 at Lord's and he now occupies 122nd position in the rankings.

 

Man of the match Swann has also made significant gains up eight places on the ladder. The 30-year-old off-spinner now sits just outside the top 20 in 23rd position with team-mate Monty Panesar (22nd place) and India's Ishant Sharma (21st) firmly in his sights as the second Test comes around later this week.

 

England debutant Graham Onions has broken into the rankings in 52nd position following a memorable start to his Test career. The 26-year-old pace bowler took seven wickets in the match and the Durham player can now look forward to making further gains up the rankings during the second Test, on his home ground. The bowling of Fidel Edwards was one of the few highlights of the match for the West Indies. His 6-92 in the first innings was the eighth time he had taken five or more wickets in an innings and that performance has earned him two places on the rankings table and moves him back into the top 20 at the expense of Panesar.


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