International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the latest MRF ICC Test Batsman Rankings on Wednesday. Australian batsman Steve Smith has come at number one after replacing Williamson. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli has now come at number fourth spot.
New Delhi: International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the latest MRF ICC Test Batsman Rankings on Wednesday. Australian batsman Steve Smith has come at number one after replacing Williamson. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli has now come at number fourth spot.
Kane Williamson, who did not play the second Test match against England, has slipped to number two. Steve Smith has managed to achieve the number one position in the ICC Test Player Rankings for the first time since the Boxing Day Test. Williamson will be seen captaining the Kiwi team in the final of the World Test Championship.
Marnus Labuschagne is at number three in the Test rankings, who currently has 878 points. Kohli has 814 points. England's Test captain Joe Root is present at number with 797 points. Other Indians in the top 10 include Kohli with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant with 747 points and star opener Rohit Sharma with 747 points, who have retained their joint sixth position.
Williamson missed the second Test against England due to an injury, slipping five rating points from Smith and moving to the second spot in the batsmen's list. Smith has 891 rating points. This means that Smith has topped a total of 167 Tests and is only behind Gary Sobers (189 matches) and Viv Richards (179 points).
In the rankings for Test bowlers, senior Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with 850 points is second only to Australian pacer Pat Cummins with 908 points. He is also the only Indian among the top 10 bowlers. West Indies' Jason Holder continues to top the Test all-rounder rankings with 412 rating points. India's Ravindra Jadeja with 386 points and Ashwin with 353 points are second and fourth respectively.
New Zealand pacer Matt Henry reached a career-best 307 points and was ranked 64th, while Ajaz Patel also scored his career-highest 323 points. Devon Conway continued his good form, placing him in joint 61st. This ranking update also includes the first Test between South Africa and West Indies. Quinton de Kock moved up to joint 12th with Cheteshwar Pujara.