New Zealand captain Williamson leads ICC test batting ranking for the first time in five years.


For the first time since 2015, New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson has returned to the top of the ICC test batting ranking.

He has risen above Australian Steve Smith and India’s Virat Kholi.

He has scored a career-best 251 against West Indies and 129 against Pakistan in two Tests this month.

Kohli remains second overall, while Smith’s poor start to the Australian summer has seen him drop to third – the first time since November 2015, he has been outside the top two.

His uncharacteristically poor start to the summer has seen him only scoring 10 runs across four innings against India.

Kohli hit 74 in the first Test defeat by Australia, which will be his only appearance of the four-Test series, having returned home for the birth of his first child.

England’s Ben Stokes remains top of the Test all-rounder rankings, but falls one place in the batting rankings to eighth, one spot above captain Joe Root.

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins remains top of the Test bowling rankings, ahead of England’s Stuart Broad and New Zealand’s Neil Wagner.