Kane Williamson scored his career-best 251 in the first Test against West Indies.© AFP
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 number two in the latest batting rankings. Williamson’s massive 251 in Hamilton catapulted him into second place in the ICC Men’s Test rankings, a position he now shares with Team India skipper 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 settled into the 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 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 fourth.
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.
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