Kane Williamson Reclaims Top Spot In The ICC Test Batting Rankings
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Kane Williamson Reclaims Top Spot In The ICC Test Batting Rankings

Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC
Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC

Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper on Wednesday reclaimed the number one spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings. The 30-year-old Kane Willamson’s crucial knocks of 49 and 52 not out in the low-scoring World Test Championship final against India has helped him move above the 900-point mark.

Kane Williamson now enjoys a 10-point lead over Australian batsman Steve Smith (891 rating points). Kane Williamson, who conceded the top spot to Steve Smith two weeks ago, is back in the position he had first grabbed in November 2015 during a series against Australia.

Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Kane Williamson led New Zealand’s Win In The WTC Final Saw Ross Taylor, Kyle Jamieson And Trent Boult Move Up Test Rankings

With 901 rating points, Kane Williamson has a 10-point lead over Steve Smith. Ross Taylor, who scored an unbeaten 47 and partnered in an unbroken 96-run stand with Kane Williamson besides hitting the winning runs, has advanced three places to 14th position while left-hander opener Devon Conway has gained 18 slots to reach 42nd place after top-scoring with 52 in the first innings.

India skipper Virat Kohli remains static at the fourth spot with 812 points. Opener Rohit Sharma also held on to his sixth spot, while Rishabh Pant has dropped one place to seventh. New Zealand’s fast bowlers too have gained after thriving in the seaming conditions, as the player of the match Kyle Jamieson continued the stupendous start to his Test career.

His figures of five for 31 and two for 30 have pushed him up to a career-best 13th position, not surprising since no bowler has taken more Test wickets at a better average than him since 1900.

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he’s ‘world-class’ batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP.

Left-arm Trent Boult’s figures of two for 48 and three for 39 have lifted him two places to 11th position while for India, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s progress of three places to 13th position after scores of 49 and 15, was the only notable gain. Pat Cummins has held on to his first spot.

Ravichandran Ashwin is in second place, while New Zealand’s Tim Southee and Neil Wagner are in the third and fifth spots respectively. Ravindra Jadeja who had become the number one all-rounder in Tests last week has also lost his spot to West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder. Ravindra Jadeja has now dropped to the third spot, while England’s Ben Stokes is now at the second place.

T20I Player Rankings See Evin Lewis Moving To 10th Position After His 71 Off 35 Ball Effort Against South Africa In The 1st T20I

In the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings, West Indies’ left-handed opener Evin Lewis has moved from 13th to 10th position after a player of the match effort of 71 off 35 balls in the first T20I of their ongoing five-match series against South Africa that counted for this week’s rankings.

Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen has progressed 23 places to 20th position. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (up to one place to 22nd), Reeza Hendricks (up to three places to 24th), and Temba Bavuma (up 24 places to 64th) are among the others to move up.

West Indies' Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours © AFP
West Indies’ Evin Lewis smashed 71 off just 35 deliveries with 7 sixes and 4 fours © AFP

England’s 3-0 series clean T20I sweep over Sri Lanka, which came as a morale booster for the 50-over 2019 World Champions ahead of this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, saw several of their players move up too.

Pacers Chris Jordan (up to five places to 11th), Mark Wood (up 11 places to 14th), Sam Curran (up 62 places to 39th), and David Willey (up 23 places to 51st) have progressed in the bowlers’ list while for Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga has moved up five places to fifth and Dushmantha Chameera 41 places to 43rd position in the latest T20I rankings.

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