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Aus push India to 4th in Test rankings

Press Trust Of India
Apr 29, 2012 at 05:15pm IST

Dubai: Australia have pushed India to fourth place in the ICC Test championship table after winning the three-match series against West Indies 2-0.

Australia had entered the series on equal points with India at 111 but below MS Dhoni's side when ratings were calculated beyond the decimal point. The series win gave it one ratings point which was enough to put it ahead of India. England (116) leads the Test Championship table, followed by South Africa (116) which is fraction of a point behind Andrew Strauss's side.

Meanwhile, West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained the No. 1 ranking for Test batsmen after hitting two half-centuries in the Dominica Test, which Australia won by 75 runs to claim the series 2-0. No Indian figures in the top-20 list for batsmen while Zaheer Khan (12) and Pragyan Ojha (20) have maintained their rankings in the bowlers' list.

Australia push India to 4th in Test rankings

Australia are now at the third place after winning the three-match series against West Indies 2-0. Chanderpaul has regained the No. 1 ranking for Test batsmen.

Chanderpaul scored 68 and 69 which earned him 19 ratings points and helped him to leapfrog South Africa’s duo of AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis into the number-one position. Other batsmen to move up the chart are Australia’s David Warner, Ed Cowan and Matthew Wade, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy.

Opener Warner has climbed two places to 43rd spot after scores of 50 and 11. Cowan has jumped six places to 60th position after scores of one and 55. Wade, who won the Man-of the-Match award in Dominica for his 106 and four, has vaulted 46 places to 69th spot while Sammy has moved up 10 places to 73rd position following scores of 10 and 61.

In the rankings for Test bowlers, West Indies’ Kemar Roach has gained two more places and is now on a career-best 16th position after figures of 1 for 72 and 3 for 40. West Indies’ off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who had match figures of 10 for 219, has rocketed 21 places to 46th place, while Australia captain Michael Clarke’s second innings figures of 5 for 86 has given him a jump of 11 places and puts him in 75th spot. Nathan Lyon's 4 for 69 and 3 for 87 have given him a career-best ranking of 36. The bowlers' table is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and England’s James Anderson in second and third positions respectively.

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