AB De Villiers achieves career-best test ranking

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South Africa’s AB de Villiers achieved a career-best second position on the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, released on Friday.

De Villiers scored 19 and 90 in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi this week and earned three ratings points which was enough to put him ahead of Shivnarine Chanderpul of the West Indies.

De Villiers now trails team-mate Hashim Amla, who also gained five ratings points after scoring 118 runs. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also achieved his career-best ranking, jumping five places to position five, one behind fellow countryman Younus Khan.

The seven-wicket victory against South Africa guaranteed Pakistan a fourth position on the Test Team Rankings. There were no changes in the player Rankings for Test bowlers, but Vernon Philander became the 21st bowler and third from South Africa, after Shaun Pollock (909) and Dale Steyn (908), to reach the 900-point mark.

Philander took five wickets in the Test and given that he was still in the qualification period for bowlers, it was likely he would move even further up the ladder depending on how he performed in the second Test in Dubai, which starts on Wednesday October 23 .

Philander had so far taken 94 wickets in 17 Tests at an average of 17.33 and trailed number-one ranked Steyn by three ratings points. A double failure by Jacques Kallis (5 and 0) meant he gave back the number-one spot to Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh in the player rankings for Test all-rounders.

Source: SABC – October 18, 2013

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