||ISM's Michael Vaughan hits top spot
Michael Vaughan is the world's No.1 batsman
and that's official.
The Yorkshire opener has moved into top spot in the PricewaterhouseCoopers
Test world rankings thanks to a magnificent 2002 and a stuttering
start to 2003 by Matthew Hayden.
The Aussie had been No.1 since last October, but it always seemed
just a matter of time before Vaughan overtook him. Too low scores
| in the first Test win over
West Indies in Guyana saw his average dip below Vaughan's, who will
not start his new campaign until next month.
"It's very pleasing to be No.1 and hopefully this is just the
start," said Vaughan. "I need to score a lot of runs to
stay there and that's what I'll be hoping to do this summer.
"When I look at the list of the players in the top 10, it makes
me proud to be among them".
Vaughan has scored seven centuries in the last year, but will now
come under threat from another Aussie.
In-form captain Ricky Ponting's exploits in Guyana have shot him
up four places to number six.
Hayden has dropped to two with Sachin Tendulkar three and Brian
by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM