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Chanderpaul loses number one spot

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Reliable West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has lost his position as the world's number one Test batsman following the release of the latest Reliance ICC player Rankings yesterday.

Chanderpaul has been replaced at the top by Australia captain Michael Clarke, who has predictably reclaimed the top spot after the completion of Test

matches in Hobart and Nagpur.

Clarke entered the Hobart Test in second spot, trailing Chanderpaul by just one ratings point, and now leads the West Indian by nine points.

Clarke's matching winning knocks of 74 and 57 against Sri Lanka played a part in pushing him back to number one.

England's Captain Alastair Cook, who was the other contender for the top spot, has remained in fourth position after losing 38 ratings points following his double failure in the Nagpur Test, which ended in a draw.

He now trails Clarke by 52 ratings points.

There were also some gains in the latest rankings for two other West Indian batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo.

Bravo moved two places up to number 20, while Samuels eased up a notch to number 19 in the rankings for Test batsmen.

—CMC

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