A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Chanderpaul regains place as top Test batsman

Chanderpaul has recaptured the top Test batsman ranking once again

Veteran West Indian middle order batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained his spot as the number one Test batsman on the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

Chanderpaul, passed South African pair AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis to take the top spot, after scoring two half centuries in the third Test against Australia at Dominica.

The 37 year old from Guyana, first topped the rankings in July 2008, where he held on to the spot for an outstanding seven months, before dropping to second in February 2009, when he made scores of one and 55 against England in a Test at Antigua.

Chanderpaul, however returned to top spot just three Tests later when making 147 not out and six runs in the fifth and final Test against England at Trinidad.

Three months later in May 2009, Chanderpaul lost his top spot to Pakistan’s Younus Khan, and by June 2010, he had fallen to 15th place.

With the West Indies going to play England in May, Chanderpaul will arrive in the country as the top Test batsman, just as he did in May 2009.

England on the other hand, will be looking to hang on to their top Test team ranking, which Chanderpaul will be looking to change with some excellent batting performances.

Meanwhile, West Indies pace bowler, Kemar Roach has moved up two more spots in the rankings for Test bowlers to 16th, after taking figures of one for 72 and three for 40 against Australia in the third Test.

Roach, started the series against Australia ranked 37th, and has moved up 21 spots after being named as the most successful bowler of the series, taking 19 wickets at an average of just under 20 runs per wicket.

Shane Shillingford, the newest West Indian spinner, took 10 wickets in the third Test, and jumped up 21 spots to 46th place, while Australian captain, Michael Clarke moved up to 75th after leapfrogging 11 spots, and Australian spinner, Nathan Lyon also achieved a career high ranking of 36th place.

The ICC Test bowlers rankings is led by South African pace bowler Dale Steyn, who is followed by Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal in second and England’s James Anderson in third.

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