Kane Williamson climbs to 2nd position in latest ICC Test rankings; equals Virat Kohli

Kane Williamson climbs to 2nd position in latest ICC Test rankings; equals Virat Kohli

Kohli's ratings will drop more as he is set to miss 3 Tests against Australia.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Kane Williamson’s massive 251 against the West Indies in Hamilton catapulted him into second place in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, a position he now shares with team India captain, Virat Kohli. With his recent performance, he gained 74 points, moving from 812 to 886. His compatriot, Tom Latham, garnered his career-best points tally of 733 and tenth place on the table, thanks to his innings of 86.

Meanwhile, Kohli is likely to drop in the rankings as he will play only a solitary Test of the four-match series against Australia. Marnus Labuschagne is not much behind at number four and if he has a good series, then the Indian skipper will slip in the rankings.

From the West Indies camp, Jermaine Blackwood continued the good form he showed on the tour of England earlier in the year, scoring his second Test century. The knock shot him up 17 places to 41st, his best position since reaching 40th in August 2017. Alzarri Joseph’s unlikely 86 in the West Indies second innings rocketed him up 31 places to rank 123 with a career-best of 219 points.

New Zealand bowlers gain a lot

Neil Wagner’s six wickets in the match edged him ahead of England’s Stuart Broad back into second place in the bowlers’ rankings, equalling his career-best position, which he first achieved back in December 2019. Tim Southee made his Test debut back in March 2008, but his current tally of 817 points is his highest taking him to 4th.

West Indies Captain, Jason Holder dropped from fifth to seventh having not taken any wickets. Holder has also lost the top spot in the all-rounders table.  He was top by one point from England’s Ben Stokes, but Stokes now has a twelve-point advantage. Stokes briefly held the top spot during the summer, snatching it from Holder after the second Test with the West Indies, before Holder reclaimed it.

Here are the latest rankings

Top 10 batsmen

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Steve Smith Australia 911
2 Kane Williamson New Zealand 886
Virat Kohli India 886
4 Marnus Labuschagne Australia 827
5 Babar Azam Pakistan 797
6 David Warner Australia 793
7 Cheteshwar Pujara India 766
8 Ben Stokes England 760
9 Joe Root England 738
10 Tom Latham New Zealand 733

Top 10 bowlers

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Pat Cummins Australia 904
2 Neil Wagner New Zealand 849
3 Stuart Broad England 845
4 Tim Southee New Zealand 817
5 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 802
6 Mitchell Starc Australia 797
7 Jason Holder West Indies 787
8 James Anderson England 781
9 Jasprit Bumrah India 779
10 Josh Hazlewood Australia 769

Top 5 all-rounders

Rank Player Country Rating Points
1 Ben Stokes England 446
2 Jason Holder West Indies 434
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 397
4 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 366
5 Mitchell Starc Australia 298