Shiv makes move up rankings
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad — Windies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has moved up to fifth on the batting list of the International Cricket Council Test player lists after his unbeaten 103 in the first innings in Barbados.
Chanderpaul, who won the prestigious ICC Player-of-the-Year award back in 2008, made his 25th Test century and jumped three places in the rankings. The 37-year-old was removed for just 12 in the second innings but Australia coach Mickey Arthur fully expects Chanderpaul to provide more headaches for his team in the second Digicel Test in Trinidad
“You’ve never got a handle on a player like Chanderpaul,” Arthur said. “The last series we had them when I was coach of South Africa I think he got a hundred every Test, and he’s kicked off here with a hundred. So I’ve seen enough of Chanderpaul to know he is world class.”
Left-hander Darren Bravo, who made a half century in the first innings retained his position at Number 21, as the second highest ranked West Indian batsman. West Indies captain Darren Sammy took three wickets in the match to move from Number 25 to Number 22. He reached the highest position of his Test career and is now the highest ranked West Indies Test bowler.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has lost his status as the world's top-ranked Test batsman despite his team's first Test win over the West Indies this week.
Clarke, who achieved the number one ranking when the International Cricket Council updated their world Test player lists at the end of March, has fallen two spots to third behind South Africa's AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis in the wake of the three-wicket win in Barbados.
The Australia captain managed 73 and six in his two innings at Kensington Oval but the scores weren't enough to hold on to top spot.
The news was better for man of the match Ryan Harris and impressive fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus who have both achieved career-high rankings on the bowling list after their first Test efforts.
Harris made an unbeaten 68 in the first innings to turn the match around as well as five wickets while Hilfenhaus's devastating spell before tea on day four, where he claimed three top order wickets in six balls, proved pivotal in putting Australia on top.