Clarke moves up; Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman slip in ICC rankings

Michael Clarke in action during his knock of 329 not out during the second Test at Sydney Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Jan 8, 2012

Australia captain Michael Clarke moved up 12 spots to the eighth position in the latest rankings released for batsmen by the International Cricket Council.

India s batting star Sachin Tendulkar has dropped two places to sixth position and Rahul Dravid has fallen four spots to 15th position. VVS Laxman has dropped one place to 18th spot and Virender Sehwag has fallen out of the top 20, in 22nd position, after conceding four places.

Clarke s huge leap to the eighth spot is because of his unbeaten knock of 329 against India in the second Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australia s Michael Hussey, who scored a fine 150 in the same Test match, moved up to the 12th spot.

South African middle-order batsmen Jacques Kallis moved from the fourth spot to the second after his innings of 224 against Sri Lanka at Cape Town, which helped his side to win the third Test and series.

England s Alastair Cook and Ian Bell remained at the second and third spot respectively, Sportal reported.

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara remained at the top spot.