ICC Test Rankings: Williamson again tops Smith, know where Kohli is

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who led the team to the title victory in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, has regained the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings for batsmen.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who led the team to the title victory in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, has regained the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings for batsmen.

Williamson, 30, scored 49 and 52 not out, respectively, in two innings of the low-scoring final against India, taking him to 901 points and a 10-point lead over Steve Smith (891 points).

Indian captain Virat Kohli (812) remains in the fourth position, while Rohit Sharma (759) has reached the sixth position. India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (752) is in seventh place,

Smith had overtaken Williamson to top the rankings two weeks ago, but the New Zealand captain has regained the top spot. Williamson reached the top of the rankings for the first time in November 2015 during the series against Australia.

Ross Taylor, who shared an unbroken 96-run partnership with Williamson after scoring an unbeaten 47 in the second innings of the WTC final, moved up three places to 14th position. Left-handed batsman Devon Conway has moved up 18 places to 43rd place after scoring 52 runs in the first innings.

In favorable conditions for fast bowling, New Zealand’s fast bowlers have benefited. Player of the match Kyle Jameson has reached a career-best 13th position after taking two wickets for 5 for 31 and two for 30 in the match. His ranking is not surprising, however, as no one has taken more wickets than him with a better average since 1900.

Left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult has gained two places to reach 11th position after taking two wickets for 48 runs and three wickets for 39 runs. India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has moved up two places to 11th in the batting rankings after scoring 49 and 15 runs.

India’s Ravindra Jadeja has slipped to the second spot after a week at the top of the all-rounders’ list. West Indies’ Jason Holder is once again on top.

In the T20 rankings, West Indies left-handed opener Evin Lewis has moved up three places to 10th position after scoring a 35-ball 71 against South Africa in the first T20I.

Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen has moved up 23 places to 20th. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock is up one place to 22nd, Reeza Hendrix up three places to 24th and Temba Bavuma up 24 places to 64th.

A 3-0 series win against Sri Lanka will boost world champions England in the 50-over format ahead of this year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

In the bowlers’ list, England’s Chris Jordan has moved up five places to 11th, Mark Wood has gained 11 places to 14th, Sam Curran has gained 62 places to 39th and David Willey has gained 23 places to 51st. Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga has gained five places to be fifth and Dushmanta Chamira has gained 41 places to be 43rd.

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