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Williamson sets new Test Rankings high for a New Zealand player

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Captain Kane Williamson’s epic 238 in the second Test against Pakistan in Christchurch has helped him reach the best ever-rating points by a New Zealand player while consolidating his position at the top of the list of batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

WILLIAMSON SETS NEW TEST RANKINGS HIGH FOR A NEW ZEALAND PLAYER

  • Smith gets past Kohli to second position; Pujara, Pant, Vihari and Ashwin move up after memorable fighting knocks in Sydney Test
  • Azhar, Elgar, Jamieson and Hazlewood among others to gain after Tuesday’s update that includes performances in Christchurch and Johannesburg

Captain Kane Williamson’s epic 238 in the second Test against Pakistan in Christchurch has helped him reach the best ever-rating points by a New Zealand player while consolidating his position at the top of the list of batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

Williamson, named player of the series after leading his side to an innings and 176 runs win and a 2-0 victory in the two-Test series, has reached 919 rating points, bettering his own mark of 915 in December 2018. ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Richard Hadlee is the only other player from New Zealand to go past the 900-point mark, reaching a career-high 909 rating points in bowling in December 1985.

In the latest rankings update that includes the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Johannesburg and the third Test between Australia and India in Sydney, Steve Smith has leapfrogged Virat Kohli to second position after scores of 131 and 81 while Dean Elgar has moved to 13th position with knocks of 127 and 31 not out.

In other movement for New Zealand players, Henry Nicholls has gained three places to reach ninth among batsmen after his knock of 157 while fast bowler Kyle Jamieson’s match haul of 11-117 has lifted him seven places to a career-best 21st place. With 36 Test wickets so far, Jamieson is also fifth among all-rounders after only six Tests.

Azhar Ali’s knocks of 93 and 37 have helped him advance him seven places to 18th position and his compatriot Mohammad Rizwan’s first-innings half-century has helped him gain 10 places to reach 37th position.

The drawn Sydney Test saw Marnus Labuschagne consolidate the fourth position with a career-best 866 rating points after scores of 91 and 73 while fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has gained three places to reach fifth position with four wickets in the match.

For India, Cheteshwar Pujara’s knocks of 50 and 77 have taken him from 10th to eighth position and Rishabh Pant’s scores of 36 and 97 have helped him gain 19 places to reach 26th position. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin too have gained after their fighting knocks, as has Shubman Gill.

The Centurion Test saw Anrich Nortje (up 10 places to 38th), Wiaan Mulder (up 22 places to 45th), Lutho Sipamla (up 23 places to 47th) and Lungi Ngidi (up seven places to 49th) make huge gains among bowlers while for Sri Lanka, captain Dimuth Karunaratne (up two places to 15th) and Kusal Perera (up four places to 56th) have moved up in the list of batsmen.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 12 January 2021, after the Christchurch, Johannesburg and Sydney Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-)   Player     Team Pts Avg Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Kane Williamson NZ 919! 54.31 919 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
2 (+1) Steve Smith Aus 900 62.07 947 v SA at Durban 2018
3 (-1) Virat Kohli Ind 870 53.41 937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
4 ( - ) Marnus Labuschagne Aus 866*! 60.41 866 v India at Sydney 2021
5 ( - ) Babar Azam Pak 781 45.44 800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
6 (+2) Ben Stokes Eng 760 37.84 827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
7 (-1) Ajinkya Rahane  Ind 756 42.81 825 v NZ at Indore 2016
8 (+2) Cheteshwar Pujara Ind 753 47.85 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
9 (+3) Henry Nicholls NZ 747 43.91 778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
10 (-3) David Warner Aus 745 48.41 880 v NZ at Perth 2015

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)   Player     Team Pts Avg Highest Rating
13 (+7) Dean Elgar SA 684 40.20 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
15 (+2) D Karunaratne SL 673 36.66 754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
18 (+7) Azhar Ali Pak 658 42.87 787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
26 (+19) Rishabh Pant Ind 622* 40.66 673 v Aus at Sydney 2019
34 (+2) R Jadeja Ind 584 36.18 584 v Aus at Sydney 2021
37 (+10) M Rizwan Pak 572*! 39.20 572 v NZ at Christchurch 2021
38= (+2) Dom Sibley Eng 567* 38.11 575 v Pak at Southampton 2020
48 (+3) Ollie Pope Eng 531* 37.94 564 v Pak at Old Trafford 2020
51= (+2) Hanuma Vihari Ind 520* 32.84 601 v WI at Jamaica 2019
56 (+4) Kusal Perera SL 512* 31.61 559 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2019
68= (+8) Shubman Gill Ind 459*! 53.66 459 v Aus at Sydney 2021
77 (+17) Faheem Ashraf Pak 422*! 32.40 422 v NZ at Christchurch 2021
80 (+7) V der Dussen SA 417*! 35.60 417 v SL at Johannesburg 2021
85 (+21) Daryl Mitchell NZ 399* 75.33 402 v Eng at Hamilton 2019
89 (+2) R Ashwin Ind 374 27.71 553 v Eng at Mohali 2016

 

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank (+/-)   Player     Team Pts Avg Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Pat Cummins Aus 908 21.47 914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019 
2 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 845 27.65 880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
3 ( - ) Neil Wagner NZ 825 26.32 859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
4 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 811 28.70 826 v Pak at Mount Maunganui 2020
5 (+3) Josh Hazlewood Aus 805 25.76 864 v India at Bengaluru 2017
6 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 786 22.95 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7 (+3) James Anderson Eng 781 26.79 903 v India at Lord's 2018
8 (-3) Mitchell Starc Aus 774 27.14 807 v NZ at Perth 2019
9 (-2) Ravichandran Ashwin Ind 768 25.53 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
10 (-1) Jasprit Bumrah Ind 765* 21.59 834 v WI at Jamaica 2019

 

Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)   Player     Team Pts Avg Highest Rating
13 (+1) R Jadega Ind 733 24.32 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
21 (+7) Kyle Jamieson NZ 637*! 13.27 637 v Pak at Christchurch 2021
38 (+10) Anrich Nortje SA 429*! 30.73 429 v SL at Johannesburg 2021
45 (+22) Wiaan Mulder SA 360*! 19.70 360 v SL at Johannesburg 2021
47 (+23) Lutho Sipamla SA 339*! 16.70 339 v SL at Johannesburg 2021
49 (+7) Lungi Ngidi SA 324* 25.72 405 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
63 (+8) D Shanaka SL 241* 31.46 269 v India at Kolkata 2017

 

  All-rounders (top five) 

Rank (+/-)   Player     Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 446 497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
2 (+1) R Jadeja Ind 428 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 (-1) Jason Holder WI 423 485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
4 ( - ) S Al Hasan Ban 366 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
5 (+5) Kyle Jamieson NZ 293*/*! 293 v Pak at Christchurch 2021

 

*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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