Jacques Kallis has retired in 12th position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after he inspired South Africa to a 10-wicket victory over India in the second and final Test in Durban on Monday.

Jacques Kallis seen here during the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

Kallis scored a fine 115, his 45th Test century, which helped South Africa to secure a decisive 166-run first innings lead. During his innings, Kallis also became the third most successful batsman in the history of the game after Sachin Tendulkar (15,921) and Ricky Ponting (13,378) as he finished his career with 13,289 runs.

For becoming only the 31st batsman and fourth from South Africa to score a century in his final Test, Kallis was rewarded with a jump of three places, which meant he signed off on his magnificent career in 12th position.

Kallis first topped the batting chart after his 85th Test in January 2005 when he scored 149 and 66 against England in the third Test at Newlands. Overall, he spent 68 Tests and 592 days as the top-ranked Test batsman.

The 38-year-old achieved his highest rating of 935 in his 111th Test when he scored 131 in his only innings against New Zealand in the second Test at Centurion in November 2007. On the list of all-time best ratings, this sits in 10th position along with Matthew Hayden of Australia.

Kallis, who also took 292 Test wickets, remained wicketless in the Durban Test. As such, he finished in 30th spot after slipping two places. Kallis achieved his career-best ranking of sixth when he recorded match figures of seven for 110 against Sri Lanka at Centurion in November 2002.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders, Kallis finished in third spot after having first topped the chart in his 36th Test in March 2000 following his match figures of two for 28 and a score of 95 in South Africa’s innings and 71 runs victory over India in Bengaluru.

Overall, Kallis spent a record 493 matches as the top-ranked Test all-rounder, which equates to 4,028 days.

In the latest update of the Reliance ICC Player Test Rankings following the conclusion of Durban and Melbourne Tests, Australia’s duo of Chris Rogers and Shane Watson, and India’s batsmen Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane are some of the biggest movers.

Rogers, who scored 61 and 116, has jumped 25 places to a career-high 23rd spot while Watson’s 10 and 83 not out has helped him rise seven places to share 25th place with Faf du Plessis of South Africa who has also gained three places after scoring 43 in his only outing in Durban.

Vijay and Rahane missed centuries but made significant gains in the rankings. Vijay, who scored 97 and six, has earned six places and is now in 38th position while Rahane, who scored 51 not out and 96, has rocketed 63 places to 65th position. These are career-best rankings of the two India youngsters to-date.

Other batsmen heading in the right direction are Graeme Smith in eighth (up by one place), Alviro Petersen in 27th (up by nine places), Brad Haddin in 32nd (up by five places) and Robin Peterson in 76th (up by 18 places).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has continued to storm up the charts.

Johnson, who won the man of the match award for his five for 63 and three for 25 in the Melbourne Test, has moved up four places to sit just outside the top 10 in 11th position. Johnson has so far gained 12 places in the bowling table after having started the series in 23rd spot.

Johnson’s compatriot Nathan Lyon is the other bowler within the top 20 to make an improvement. The off-spinner has moved up three places to 17th after match figures of six for 117.

Dale Steyn, who was named man of the match in Durban for his match figures of nine for 147, has once again broken the 900-point mark. He now has 901 ratings points after he earned 11 ratings points for his achievement.

Vernon Philander, who became the top-ranked bowler after the Centurion Test last week, has held onto his number-one position despite conceding three ratings points following his match figures of three for 99.

The player rankings will now be updated after the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which began in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 31 December after South Africa-India series and Melbourne Test):

Batsmen

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating
1           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA           912!       51.71     912 v Ind at Durban 2013
2           (+1)         S.Chanderpaul     WI          876         51.93     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
3           (+1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          871!       47.51     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
4           (-2)          Hashim Amla       SA           868         51.34     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
5           (+1)         K.Sangakkara      SL           866         56.98     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
6           (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus         854         51.96     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
7           ( – )          C.Pujara                                Ind          851*!    66.25     851 v SA at Durban 2013
8           (+1)         Graeme Smith      SA           785         49.56     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
9           (-1)          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         783!       46.03     783 v SA at Dubai 2013
10         ( – )          Younus Khan       Pak         769         51.17     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
11         ( – )          Virat Kohli            Ind          739*      44.32     748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013
12         (+3)         Jacques Kallis       SA           722         55.37     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
13         (-1)          David Warner       Aus         710         42.04     741 v Eng at Perth 2013
14         (-1)          Ian Bell                  Eng         708         45.91     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
15         (-1)          Alastair Cook       Eng         707         46.97     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
16         ( – )          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         706         47.78     909 v WI at Headingley 2007
17         ( – )          Asad Shafiq          Pak         660*      39.11     680 v SA at Cape Town 2013
18         ( – )          Jonathan Trott     Eng         647         46.45     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
19         ( – )          M.Jayawardene   SL           639         49.56     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
20         ( – )          Darren Bravo       WI          636         44.68     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating
23         (+25)      Chris Rogers         Aus         615*!    37.84     615 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
25=       (+7)         Shane Watson      Aus         605         36.56     729 v Eng at Perth 2010
(+3)         Faf du Plessis        SA           605*!    60.15     605 v Ind at Durban 2013
27=       (-4)          MS Dhoni              Ind          602         38.76     662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
(+9)         Alviro Petersen     SA           602         38.82     655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013
32         (+5)         Brad Haddin        Aus         591         36.30     637 v WI at Perth 2009
33         (-4)          Marlon Samuels  WI          590         35.51     672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013
38         (+6)         Murali Vijay         Ind          569*!    38.06     569 v SA at Durban 2013
39         (+1)         Mushfiqur Rahim                Ban        564         32.46     584 v Eng at Chittagong 2010
42         (-4)          Steven Smith        Aus         561*      34.64     566 v Eng at Perth 2013
45         (+1)         Rohit Sharma       Ind          533*!    66.60     533 v SA at Durban 2013
60         (+63)      Ajinkya Rahane  Ind          424*!    43.40     424 v SA at Durban 2013
62         (+2)         JP Duminy            SA           412*      32.88     466 v Aus at Brisbane 2012
74         (+8)         Michael Carberry                Eng         372*!    30.20     372 v Aus at Melbourne 2013
76         (+18)      Robin Peterson     SA           365*!    28.86     365 v Ind at Durban 2013
78         (-4)          Stuart Broad         Eng         356         23.63     505 v Ind at The Oval 2011
83         (-10)       Ben Stokes            Eng         344*      33.33     376 v Aus at Perth 2013
85         (-7)          Mitchell Johnson Aus         343         22.86     477 v Eng at Lord’s 2009
89         (+1)         Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          335*      45.57     420 v Aus at Mohali 2013
100       (-9)          Tim Bresnan         Eng         289*      26.13     382 v Ind at The Oval 2011

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         Econ      HS Rating
1           ( – )          Vernon Philander SA           909         18.00     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
2           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA           901         22.90     908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
3           ( – )          Rangana Herath  SL           831         29.52     838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012
4           ( – )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         824         26.54     855 v Zim at Harare 2013
5           ( – )          Ryan Harris          Aus         786*      22.88     801 v Eng at Brisbane 2013
6           ( – )          Peter Siddle           Aus         770         28.90     816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
7           ( – )          R.Ashwin               Ind          759         28.50     808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
8           ( – )          Pragyan Ojha       Ind          741         30.26     773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012
9           ( – )          Stuart Broad         Eng         732         30.31     783 v WI at Lord’s 2012
10         ( – )          Trent Boult           NZ          729*!    26.54     729 v WI at Hamilton 2013
11         (+4)         Mitchell Johnson Aus         720         28.75     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
12         (-1)          Morne Morkel      SA           707         29.91     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
13         (-1)          Abdur Rehman    Pak         703*      27.55     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
14         (-1)          Tim Southee         NZ          699!       31.44     699 v WI at Hamilton 2013
15         (-1)          James Anderson  Eng         691         30.61     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
16         ( – )          Kemar Roach       WI          649*      27.71     712 v NZ at Kingston 2012
17         (+3)         Nathan Lyon        Aus         648!       32.23     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
18         (-1)          Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         633*      28.50     757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012
19         (-1)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        614         32.60     680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
20         (-1)          S.Shillingford        WI           613*      32.32     652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013

Selected Rankings

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         Econ      HS Rating
21         ( – )          Zaheer Khan        Ind          580         32.66     752 v SA at Durban 2010
22         (+3)         Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          570*!    20.90     570 v SA at Durban 2013
25         ( – )          Tim Bresnan         Eng         517*      32.73     657 v WI at Edgbaston 2012
30         (-2)          Jacques Kallis       SA           489         32.65     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003
32         (-8)          Ishant Sharma     Ind          485         38.81     671 v WI at Dominica 2011
35         ( – )          Monty Panesar    Eng         437         34.71     721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007
36         (+1)         Shane Watson      Aus         435*      31.76     633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
44         (-3)          M.Shami               Ind          382*      26.17     415 v SA at Johannesburg 2013
68         (+4)         Robin Peterson     SA           243*      36.57     335 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013
72         (+1)         JP Duminy            SA           224*      39.60     302 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
90         (+6)         Ben Stokes            Eng         149*!    47.28     149 v Aus at Melbourne 2013

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating
1           ( – )          R.Ashwin               Ind          388*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
2           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        362        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
3           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA           353        616 v Pak at Durban 2002
4           ( – )          Vernon Philander SA           335*/ !  335 v Ind at Durban 2013
5           (+1)         Shane Watson      Aus         263 /*   394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

Selected ranking

Rank      (+/-)       Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating
8            (+4)         Dale Steyn            SA           203        229 v SL at Durban 2011
* indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating

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