Steve Smith takes over from Kane Williamson as No.1 batsman in ICC Men's Test Player Rankings

Steve Smith takes over from Kane Williamson as No.1 batsman in ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings

Kane Williamson, who missed the second Test against England at Edgbaston due to injury after scoring 13 runs in the drawn first Test at Lord’s, has slipped five points behind Smith’s 891 rating points and is second in the batters’ list.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Australia batsman Steve Smith has reclaimed the No.1 position in the  ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings for the first time since the Boxing Day Tests last year.

He takes over from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is set to lead his team in the ICC World Test Championship Final against India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from Friday.

Williamson, who missed the second Test against England at Edgbaston due to injury after scoring 13 runs in the drawn first Test at Lord’s, has slipped five points behind Smith’s 891 rating points and is second in the batters’ list.

This means that Smith has been at the top for 167 Tests played worldwide in total, only behind Garry Sobers (189 matches) and Viv Richards (179 matches).

Matt Henry’s player of the match performance (three wickets in each innings) has lifted him to a career-best 307 points and 64th position while Ajaz Patel too is at a career-high points tally of 323. Devon Conway continues his good run and is in joint-61st position.

England’s second innings total was their lowest against New Zealand at home but Dan Lawrence’s first innings unbeaten 81 has lifted him up 16 places to a career-best 396 points.

The latest men’s weekly update, which also includes performances from the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies in St Lucia, sees Quinton de Kock in joint-12th position with Cheteshwar Pujara while his compatriot Adrian Markram has advanced two slots to reach 14th position.

South African players gain big in Test rankings

De Kock, who was named player of the match for scoring an unbeaten 141 that helped his team win by an innings and 63 runs, has gained 11 positions to attain his highest position since December 2019.

South Africa’s pace bowlers too have made rapid strides after the huge win. Formerly top-ranked Kagiso Rabada has gained two spots to reach seventh place after a five-wicket haul in the second innings, Anrich Nortje is up into the top 30 for the first time in his career finishing with seven wickets in the match, while Lungi Ngidi is up 14 places to 44th position with a first-innings five-wicket haul.

Here are the top ten batsmen according to ICC Player Rankings in Test cricket

S.No Player Name Team Rating
1 Steve Smith Australia 891
2 Kane Williamson New Zealand 886
3 Marnus Labuschagne Australia 878
4 Virat Kohli India 814
5 Joe Root England 797
6 Rishabh Pant India 747
6 Rohit Sharma India 747
8 Henry Nicholls New Zealand 732
9 David Warner Australia 724
10 Babar Azam Pakistan 714

Here are the Top 10 bowlers according to the ICC Player Rankings in Tests

S.No Player Name Team Rating
1 Pat Cummins Australia 908
2 Ravichandran Ashwin India 850
3 Tim Southee New Zealand 830
4 Josh Hazlewood Australia 816
5 Neil Wagner New Zealand 815
6 Stuart Broad England 793
7 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 783
7 James Anderson England 783
9 Jason Holder West Indies 754
10 Mitchell Starc Australia 744