Chanderpaul back to top three in Test rankings

West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has returned to the top three of the ICC rankings for Test batsmen, following a stellar performance against Bangladesh in the second Test in St Lucia, which finished on Tuesday.

The West Indies won the Test by 296 runs to win the series 2-0. Chanderpaul scored 84 not out and 101 not out, his 30th career century, to end the series as the second highest run-getter with 270 runs.

For his achievement in the St Lucia Test, he was rewarded with a jump of two places that helped him leapfrog David Warner of Australia and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka into third position.

The batting table was headed by Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who led South Africa’s AB de Villiers by 27 ratings points.

There were positive advancements for a couple of Bangladesh batsmen. Opener Tamim Iqbal, who scored 48 and 64, vaulted seven places to 37th position, while his team-mate, Mahmudullah, soared nine places to 71st position following his half-century in the first innings.

In the rankings for Test bowlers, West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach gained one more place following his six wickets in the second Test and sat on a career-high ninth position.

Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who picked up five for 72 in the second innings, moved up three places to a career-best 21st spot, while Jerome Taylor was the biggest mover in the latest rankings, gaining 12 places to claim 40th position.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continued to lead the way in the rankings for all-rounders.

There was no change in the Test rankings table, which was headed by South Africa. However, the 2-0 series win gave the West Indies one ratings point, which moved them to 75 ratings points, while Bangladesh dropped two points to slip to 19 ratings points.

Test cricket resumes next month when Pakistan and Australia go head to head in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bangladesh hosts Zimbabwe.