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Kane Williamson rises to second position in MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson's career-best score of 251 in the first Test against West Indies helped him jump up two places to join Virat Kohli at No.2 in the batting rankings.

• His innings of 251 was the ninth-highest individual score in New Zealand’s Test history and took him from fourth to second position 

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.

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.  

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. 

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 6 December, after the New Zealand – West Indies Test in Hamilton)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank

(+/-)

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

( - )

Steve Smith

Aus

911

62.84

947 v SA at Durban 2018

2

(+2)

K Williamson

NZ

886

52.55

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

2

( - )

Virat Kohli

India

886

53.62

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

4

( - )

M Labuschagne

Aus

827*!

63.43

827 v NZ at Sydney 2020

5

( - )

Babar Azam

Pak

797

45.44

800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020

6

( - )

David Warner

Aus

793

48.94

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

(- )

C Pujara

India

766

48.66

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

8

(-1)

Ben Stokes

Eng

760

37.84

827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

9

( - )

Joe Root

Eng

738

47.99

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

10

( - )

Tom Latham

NZ

733!

42.83

733 v WI at Hamilton 2020

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank         

(+/-)

Player             

Team  

Pts     

Avge   

Highest Rating

   1

(- )

Pat Cummins

Aus

904

21.82

914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019

2

( +1)

Neil Wagner

NZ

849

26.31

859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

3

(-1)

Stuart Broad

Eng

845

27.65

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

4

(- )

Tim Southee

NZ

817

28.83

817 v WI at Hamilton 2020

5

(+)

Kagiso Rabada

SA

802

22.95

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

6

(+)

Mitchell Starc

Aus

797

26.97

807 v NZ at Perth 2019

7

(-)

Jason Holder

WI

787

27.21

862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

8

(- )

James Anderson

Eng

781

26.79

903 v India at Lord's 2018

9

(- )

Jasprit Bumrah

India

779*

20.33

834 v WI at Jamaica 2019

10

(+1)

Josh Hazlewood

Aus

769

26.20

864 v India at Bengaluru 2017

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank                     

(+/-)

Player 

Team  

Pts     

Highest Rating

1

(+1)

Ben Stokes

Eng

446

497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

2

(-1)

Jason Holder

WI

434

485 v Eng at Southampton 2020

3

( - )

R Jadeja

India

397

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

( - )

Shakib Al Hasan

Ban

366

489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

5

( - )

Mitchell Starc

Aus

298

346 v India at Pune 2017

 

*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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