ICC Test batting rankings – Kane Williamson joins Virat Kohli at No. 2, only behind Steven Smith

ICC Test batting rankings – Kane Williamson joins Virat Kohli at No. 2, only behind Steven Smith




Kane Williamson, who started New Zealand’s Test summer at dwelling with a career-best 251 within the first of two Tests in opposition to West Indies in Hamilton, has jumped to joint-second with Virat Kohli within the ICC Test rankings. The 2 of them are on 886 ranking factors, 25 behind the top-ranked Steven Smith.

Smith, nevertheless, is likely to be in with a shot of extending his lead, as a result of whereas Australia, India and New Zealand are all scheduled to play Test cricket over the following six weeks, Kohli is more likely to miss three of India’s 4 Tests in Australia as he goes on paternity leave. Williamson, too, may miss some Test action at dwelling in opposition to Pakistan to be together with his accomplice for the delivery of their first youngster. He ought to, nevertheless, play the second Test in opposition to West Indies, and might be again for the second Test in opposition to Pakistan, beginning January 3.

Just a little distance under the highest, Tom Latham has jumped to a career-best No. 10 following his knock of 86, one of the best behind Williamson’s double-ton, in New Zealand’s solely winnings.

The bowling chart too noticed a giant change with Neil Wagner shading Stuart Broad to take the second spot behind Pat Cummins, although there’s a huge hole between Wagner (849 factors) and Cummins (904). Wagner made the soar after ending with a match haul of 6 for 99 in Hamilton. By the way, Wagner had additionally turned out to be No. 2 in December 2019.

Doubts over the potential of England’s Test collection in South Africa may imply Broad may now have to attend till February, when they’re resulting from playing India in 4 Tests away, to enhance his rating and tally of 845 factors.

Wagner’s colleague Tim Southee is now ranked No. 4, his finest place since his Test debut in 2008, whereas Kagiso Rabada rounds off the highest 5. Jasprit Bumrah, who is anticipated to spearhead India’s tempo assault within the upcoming Tests in Australia, is presently ranked ninth.

In the meantime, a wicketless first Test in Hamilton has price Jason Holder the highest spot within the allrounders’ desk. Ben Stokes is on prime there, 12 factors in the entrance of the West Indies captain. Stokes briefly held the highest spot throughout the summer, having snatched it from Holder after the second Test in opposition to West Indies at dwelling, earlier than Holder reclaimed it.



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