London:West Indies' star batsman Brian Lara has topped the ICC Test batting rankings ahead of South Africa's Jacques Kallis. Lara's knock of 130 and 48 in the first Test against Pakistan in Barbados guided him from the second position to the top of the rankings. Lara's teammate and West Indies' captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul also moved up five places to eighth following his scores of 92 and 153 not out in the same match. West Indies, who won the first Test, will improve their rating in the Test Championship from 73 to 78 points if they clinch the two-Test series 2-0. The top five in the table were otherwise unchanged with Rahul Dravid at No.3, followed by Ricky Ponting and Virender Sehwag.
(With wire inputs)