Virat Kohli consolidates top position, Kane Williamson attains career best Test ranking points

Virat Kohli consolidates top position, Kane Williamson attains career best Test ranking points

Lyon equals career-best seventh position; Latham, Bumrah and Pant also reach career-bests.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Captains Virat Kohli of India and Kane Williamson of New Zealand have consolidated their positions in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, even as Tom Latham, Angelo Mathews and Nathan Lyon have made considerable gains in the latest rankings update carried out on Thursday.

Top-ranked Kohli has gained 14 points to reach 934 points after a valiant first-innings knock of 123 in the second Test at Perth which Australia won by 146 runs on Tuesday to draw level at 1-1 in the four-match series. Kohli has thus increased his lead over Williamson from seven to 19 points.

However, second-ranked Williamson too has something to cheer about after scoring 91 in the drawn first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, which ended in Wellington on Wednesday. He has reached a personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.

New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the man of the match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position. Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team, his eight wickets in the match helping gain four slots to reach 11th position.

For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts. Mathews has gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rd place after finishing with four wickets.

There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with Player of the Match Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets helping grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year. Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up.

Among their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world’s top-ranked Test side.

For India, apart from Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers.

ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 20 December, following the conclusion of the Perth and Wellington Tests):

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 934 54.23
2 ( – ) Kane Williamson NZ 915! 51.91
3 ( – ) Steve Smith Aus 892 61.37
4 ( – ) C. Pujara Ind 816 49.77
5 ( – ) Joe Root Eng 807 50.44
6 ( – ) David Warner Aus 787 48.2
7 ( – ) D. Karunaratne SL 752 37.73
8 ( – ) Dean Elgar SA 724 41.05
9= (+1) Azhar Ali Pak 708 44.88
( – ) Henry Nicholls NZ 708* 39.56
11 ( – ) Aiden Markram SA 703* 47.27
12 (+1) U. Khawaja Aus 692 42.8
13 (-1) D. Chandimal SL 679 43.83
14 ( – ) Hashim Amla SA 673 47.23
15 (+2) Ajinkya Rahane Ind 669 41.38
16 (+8) Angelo Mathews SL 668 44.34
17 (-2) Faf du Plessis SA 665 42.33
18 (+2) Kusal Mendis SL 662 37.8
19 (-3) Ross Taylor NZ 656 46.11
20 (-3) Jonny Bairstow Eng 653 37.71

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points Avge
1 ( – ) Kagiso Rabada SA 882 21.71
2 ( – ) James Anderson Eng 874 26.98
3 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 826 21.54
4 ( – ) M. Abbas Pak 821* 16.62
5 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 796 23.5
6 ( – ) R. Ashwin Ind 778 25.43
7 (+7) Nathan Lyon Aus 766 31.6
8 (-1) Pat Cummins Aus 761* 24.8
9 (+2) Josh Hazlewood Aus 758 26.66
10 (-1) Yasir Shah Pak 757 28.26
11 (+4) Tim Southee NZ 752 30.16
12 (-2) Jason Holder Win 751* 28.5
13 (-1) Shannon Gabriel Win 742 29.73
14 (-6) Trent Boult NZ 739 28.54
15 (+1) Mitchell Starc Aus 703 28.22
16 (-3) Neil Wagner NZ 698 29.25
17 ( – ) Mehidy Hasan Ban 696*! 29.78
18 ( – ) Stuart Broad Eng 694 29.04
19 ( – ) Keshav Maharaj SA 692* 27.65
20 (+1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 675 31.27

All-rounders (top 5)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Points
1 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 415
2 ( – ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 384
3 ( – ) Vernon Philander SA 370
4 ( – ) Jason Holder Win 365/*
5 ( – ) Ben Stokes Eng 342

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

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