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Kumar Sangakkara is once again the
No 1 Test batsman in the world, following
his double-century in Galle. His 221
helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the first
Sangakkara overhauled AB de Villiers
and returned to the top of the rankings for
the first time since November 2012. He
has now spent a total of 81 Tests and 671
days as the top-ranked Test batsman.
Sri Lanka s captain, Angelo Mathews,
has also moved up the rankings following
his 91 and dashing 25 not out which won
the Galle Test.
Mathews, who has enjoyed an excellent
run of form in Test cricket, has moved up
to No 5---the highest ranking of his career.
But the Galle victory was set up by left-
arm spinner Rangana Herath who ran
through Pakistan on the final day with 6
for 48. The performance pushed him up
to No 6 in the Test bowling rankings.
England s bowlers have also crept up the
rankings following their hammering of
India at Old Trafford.
James Anderson s five wickets moves
him to No 5 and Stuart Broad s Man of
the Match 6 for 25 in the first innings pro-
pels him back into the top 10 at No 9.
Broad is also back ahead of Mitchell
Johnson in the allrounder rankings, which
are now topped by India s R Ashwin, who
replaced Vernon Philander after scoring
40-odd in both innings at Old Trafford.
Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne
has been called up to Sri Lanka s Test squad
following a three-match layoff after the
England tour. Binura Fernando, an
uncapped 19-year old left-arm seamer,
has also been added to the squad for the
second Test against Pakistan, but is essen-
tially there to perform 15th man duties.
Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa
said Fernando is unavailable for selection.
The pair are replacements for fast bowlers
Nuwan Pradeep, who had twisted his ankle
during a training session, and Suranga Lak-
mal, who had been ruled out of the series
with an ankle injury.
SLC said Shaminda Eranga had also been
"nominated" for the match, subject to his
managing a hand injury sustained during
the Galle Test against South Africa.
Karunaratne s inclusion leaves Upul Tha-
ranga s place at the top of the order in doubt,
after Tharanga hit only one half-century in
the six innings since he replaced Karunaratne
in the side.
Karunaratne had made 127 runs at 31.50
on the tour of England before he had been
dropped. Angelo Mathews had said the
selection panel had been disappointed
Karunaratne had not converted his starts
into bigger scores, during his time in the
team. He averages 30.47 in Tests after 25
Eranga bowled 45 overs in the first Test
against Pakistan, but was seen receiving
treatment on the boundary after many of
He had needed eight stitches between
the thumb and index finger of his bowling
hand, after he split the webbing there while
Though he will not play, Fernando has
largely been picked on the strength of his
performances for DS Senanayake College
and the Sri Lanka Under-19 team.
DUBAI---Pakistan off-spinner Saeed
Ajmal has been reported for suspect bowl-
ing action for the second time in his career
and will undergo further testing over the
next three weeks.
The International Cricket Council said
in a statement yesterday that match officials
handed a report on Ajmal s suspect bowling
action to Pakistan team manager Moin Khan
soon after Sri Lanka s dramatic seven-wicket
victory at Galle International Stadium on
Sunday. The report, according to ICC, "cited
concerns over a number of deliveries that
were considered to be suspect and concluded
that the bowler s action must needed to be
According to regulations, a bowler is not
allowed to bend his bowling arm more than
15 degrees. Ajmal was previously reported
in 2009 during one-day series against Aus-
tralia in Dubai before he cleared all the Tests.
Over the next three weeks Ajmal is per-
mitted to continue bowling in international
cricket until the results of the testing are
known. The Pakistan Cricket Board said it
has no "choice but to wait for the outcome
of the process before proceeding further in
The 36-year-old off-spinner has taken
174 wickets in 34 Test matches and 182
wickets while competing in 110 one-day
internationals. He has also played 63 Twen-
ty20 internationals and taken 85 wickets.
No 1 ranking
Karunaratne returns to Test squad
Kumar Sangakkara is once again the top-ranked
Test batsman in the world. PHOTO: ESPNCRICINFO
Ajmal reported for suspect bowling action
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