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Kane Williamson claims pole position in Test rankings

Kane Williamson claims pole position in Test rankings
Kane Williamson has scored 1172 runs from eight matches in 2015 with an average of over 90.
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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has climbed to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings for Test batsmen after an unbeaten century against Sri Lanka in the second Test.

Williamson's unbeaten knock of 108 ensured that New Zealand won the second Test against Sri Lanka by five wickets which gave them a 2-0 series victory.

This is the first time that Williamson has reached the pinnacle of the Test rankings and currently sits on 889 points with a three-point lead over the second placed Joe Root.

AB de Villiers is in the third spot while Australian captain Steven Smith is now in the fourth position followed by his deputy David Warner in the fifth place.

With 1172 runs from eight Test matches in 2015, Williamson has a batting average of 90.15 - the best among the top ten run scorers this year.

His tally of Test runs is also the most runs by a New Zealand batsman in a calendar year going past Brendon McCullum’s record of 1164 runs in 2014.

Across all the three formats of the game, Williamson has 2633 runs in 2015 at an average of 65.82 with eight hundreds and 13 fifties from 45 innings. 

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