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Kane Williamson climbs to second position in ICC Test rankings

Kane Williamson scored a brilliant 176 against South Africa in Hamilton
Kane Williamson scored a brilliant 176 against South Africa in Hamilton

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has climbed to the second position in International Cricket Council rankings for batsmen following his fabulous century in the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton.

Williamson, who scored 176 runs in the first innings has climbed three places to the second position and now has 880 points with only Australian skipper Steven Smith ahead of him.

South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has made a rise of four places and is now positioned sixth following his vital knock of 90 runs in the first innings. He is now the highest ranked South African player as Hashim Amla dropped to 10th position following an ordinary series against New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Smith's century in the Dharamsala Test against India was not enough for him to rise from his original rating points of 941 while Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have slipped to fourth and fifth position with 846 and 818 rating points respectively.

Indian opener Lokesh Rahul is now at his career best position of 11th after scoring six half-centuries in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The top five bowling position remains unchanged with Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rangana Herath, Josh Hazlewood and James Anderson occupying it.

However, Jadeja has sneaked past Ashwin in the all-rounder list and is separated by nine points from the top ranked Shakib Al Hasan.

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