Sehwag tops ICC Test rankings, Amla placed 2nd

CHENNAI: India''s Virender Sehwag has displaced compatriot Gautam Gambhir at the top of the official rankings for Test batsmen following his double centuries against South Africa in their recent series.

Sehwag, who scored a century in the opening Test, moved up five places to take top spot for the first time after his 165 this week helped India win the final Test and square the
two-match series.

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who scored a century in each of his three Test innings in India, jumped eight places to second spot, the International Cricket Council said in a statement on Saturday.

Mahela Jayawardene is on third position while Sachan Tendulkar went up from ninth to sixth position.

Mohammad Yousuf has gone up from 13th to12th and Younis Khan from 14th to 13th place.

South African quick Dale Steyn retains his top ranking among Test bowlers while Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has been promoted to seventh position from 12th.