LONDON: Pakistan's captain Younis Khan has again become the number one batsman in the ICC rankings while Mattia Muralitharan continues to top among bowlers.

Younis has moved back on top of the rankings, a position he briefly held earlier this year thanks to the triple-century he scored in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lahore in February.

West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul has lost his place at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) world batting rankings in the latest edition issued on Sunday.

The Guyanese left-hander, the ICC's player of the year for 2008 and arguably the West Indies' best batsman since the retirement of Brian Lara, dropped into second place after being dismissed for nought and four during the 10-wicket first-Test loss to England at Lord's, which ended on Friday.

Chanderpaul, now equal second with Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, can make amends when the second and final Test in the England series starts on Thursday at Chester-le-Street, a ground he knows well, having played there for Durham in the County Championship.

England's Kevin Pietersen has also slipped in the batting rankings, his first-ball duck at Lord's dropping him three places to ninth.

In the bowling rankings, Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is still at number one followed by South Africa quick Dale Steyn and Australia left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson.