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Sangakkara Returns To The Top Of ICC Rankings

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara leads the ICC batting rankings
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After scoring a magnificent double-century against Pakistan in Galle, Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has returned to the top of the ICC Test match batting rankings.

Batting Rankings - Top Five

Ranking Average
1 Kumar Sangakkara 920 58.94
2 AB de Villiers 899 51.33
3 Hashim Amla 878 51.70
4 David Warner 871 46.54
5 Angelo Mathews 862 52.14

His innings of 221, as well as a score of 21 in the second innings as Sri Lanka won a dramatic game by seven wickets, saw him overtake AB de Villiers at the top of the standings.

Elsewhere, England players James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Jos Buttler all made gains after their innings win over India while Ravichandran Ashwin is now ranked as the world's leading all-rounder.

Sangakkara's performance in Galle ends de Villiers' 287-day stay at the top having taken over from team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013.

Sangakkara first hit the top of the rankings in 2007 and was last there in 2012.

His team-mate Angelo Mathews continues to rise up the rankings and is in the top five for the first time in his career, after scoring 91 and 25 not out.

Man of the match and Cricket World Player Of The Week Rangana Herath jumps to sixth place in the bowling rankings after nine wickets in the match while fellow spinner Dilruwan Perera is now in 24th - up from 29th.

Bowling Rankings - Top Five

Ranking Average
1 Dale Steyn 903 22.82
2 Ryan Harris 870 22.56
3 Mitchell Johnson 844 27.42
4 Vernon Philander 813 21.09
5 James Anderson 800 29.86

James Anderson's five wickets in Manchester move him up to fifth place in the bowling rankings and Stuart Broad, who took six, joins Anderson in the top 10, in ninth place.

Moeen Ali, who has taken 19 wickets in the series, is now ranked 33rd.

Joe Root and Ian Bell, who both scored half-centuries, remain the only England batsmen in the top 20, Root in a career-best 14th and Bell in 17th.

Buttler, however, after just two Tests has leapt up to 55th position while Indian captain MS Dhoni elevated himself two places by scoring 71 and 27 in the match.

For the full rankings in all formats, click here.

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