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Sangakkara takes Tendulkar's crown

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has replaced India’s Sachin Tendulkar as the top batsman in Test cricket.

Both batsmen are due at Lord’s next season as England take on Sri Lanka and India in two Tests and two One Day Internationals at the Home of Cricket.

Fans have until 4pm on Monday 13 December to enter the Lord’s ticket ballot for the four internationals in 2011.

Sachin loses out

In October Tendulkar reclaimed top spot in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time since 2002, leapfrogging both Sangakkara and teammate Virender Sehwag.

Sangakkara has been in wonderful form since then, racking up 150 against the West Indies during the drawn second Test at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo.

It was the 33-year-old Sri Lanka captain’s 24th Test century and his third this year from only five Test matches.

His average for the 2010 calendar is Bradmanesque - at a shade under 100 - with the final Test against the West Indies still to come.

Tendulkar has also been in prolific form during 2010, plundering 1,396 runs so far with India having two Test matches in South Africa left this season.

Neither batsman has yet made a century at the Home of Cricket and next summer could be their last chance to etch their name onto the famous Lord’s Honours Board.

England pair on the rise

Elsewhere in the rankings, Steven Finn and Jonathan Trott both benefitted from excellent performances in the opening Ashes Test and rise up the list.

Trott, whose unbeaten 135 was a major factor in England escaping with a draw, is now the highest ranked England batsman at ninth.

Pace bowler Finn is up ten places to 19, breaking into the top 20 for the first time in his fledgling career.

The Middlesex seamer took 6-125 in Australia's first innings in Brisbane.

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