Amla moves to second spot on ICC rankings for Test batsmen

Johannesburg, Feb 25: Veteran South African batsman Hashim Amla has moved up two places to the second spot on the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsman, joining Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, following his 21st career century in the second Test against Australia.

The quartet of Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and Dean Elgar, as well as David Warner, Chris Rogers and Nathan Lyon of Australia are the biggest movers in the latest rankings released after the conclusion of the Port Elizabeth Test, which the home side won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series.

According to Sport24, Amla’s teammate AB de Villiers is still leading in the rankings, while Australian opener Warner, who scored two half-centuries, gained two places in the latest rankings and is now in 10th position.

Meanwhile, the report mentioned that Rogers has returned to the top 20 as his second innings contribution of 107 has given him a lift of six places to 16th position and has become the fourth Australian batsman to occupy a place in the top 20.

Du Plessis has leaped seven places to 29th following his scores of 55 and 24, followed by Duminy whose 123 in the first innings has put him in 45th (up by 20 places) while Elgar’s 83 and 16 has lifted him 36 places to 77th spot.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson moved up one place to third while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has gained two places following his match figures of six for 178 to move into 17th position, the report added. (ANI)