De Villiers overtakes Amla as top Test batsman

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De Villiers received 27 ratings points for his spectacular knock of 164

South Africa wicketkeeper batsman AB de Villiers has overtaken team-mate Hashim Amla to become the number one Test batsman on the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

De Villiers, who was last ranked first in April 2012, replaced Amla atop the rankings after receiving 27 rating points for his stellar knock of 164 against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai, which the Proteas ended up winning by an innings and 92 runs.

Amla had been the top-ranked Test batsman since overtaking Australia captain Michael Clarke in February.

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith shot up seven places to occupy the eighth spot after scoring 234 against Pakistan in the second Test.

This is his first appearance in the top ten since April 2012.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also moved up one spot to a career-best sixth after he registered a century in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa in Abu Dhabi and 88 in the second innings of the second Test.

Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq jumped 17 places to occupy the 17th spot on the rankings.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal moved up nine spots to 31st and Mominul Haque shot up 17 places to occupy the 32nd spot on the Test batsmen rankings after scoring a century in both Tests against New Zealand.

There were no changes in the ICC Test bowlers rankings.

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