Williamson top of cricket rankings again

Photo. Daniel Hines.

Tauranga’s Kane Williamson is back at the top of the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after leading New Zealand to the ICC World Test Championship title in Southampton.

New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets last week to win the inaugural World Test title.

The 30-year-old’s knocks of 49 and 52 not out in the low-scoring final against India have helped him move above the 900-point mark Australia’s Steve Smith.

The New Zealand captain is now back in the position he had first grabbed in November 2015 during a series against Australia.

Trent Boult, another of Tauranga’s cricket heroes has moved up to 11th in the rankings, after figures of two for 48 and three for 39 in the final.

Ross Taylor, who scored an unbeaten 47 and partnered in an unbroken 96-run stand with Williamson, has advanced three places to 14th position while left-hander Devon Conway has gained 18 slots to reach 42nd place after top-scoring with 52 in the first innings

Player of the match Kyle Jamieson continuing the stupendous start to his Test career. His figures of five for 31 and two for 30 have pushed him up to a career-best 13th position, not surprising since no bowler has taken more Test wickets at a better average than him since 1900.

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