Chanderpaul No. 1 Test batsman after three years
ESPNcricinfo- West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has regained the No.1 ranking for Test batsmen after nearly three years. Chanderpaul was the leading run-scorer in the recently concluded home Test series against Australia with 346 runs at an average of 86.50. Australia, after winning the series 2-0, moved up to No. 3 in the ICC Test rankings, replacing India.
Chanderpaul reached the top after his twin half-centuries in the final Test in Dominica, moving ahead of the South African duo of Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. He also passed the 10,000-run mark in the series.
Chanderpaul last attained the No. 1 ranking in July 2008 and held it for seven months. He briefly dropped to No. 2 in February 2009, but returned to the top spot three Tests later, after the fifth Test against England in Trinidad. In May 2009 he lost his spot to Pakistan batsman Younis Khan. Chanderpaul’s ranking slipped to as low as No. 15 before he made his way back up.
“It feels good to be back in the top spot in Test cricket,” Chanderpaul said. “I am batting well at the moment, and when things are going well for you at the crease, you try to keep going and building and look to make the most of every innings you play.”
Australia began their tour of the West Indies on equal points with India. The win gave them a one-point lead over India.