Kane Williamson takes top batting spot in ICC test rankings

Saturday, 2 January 2021

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has overtaken Australia’s Steve Smith and India skipper Virat Kohli to top the ICC Test batting rankings.

It is the first time since 2015 that Williamson has held the top spot. He has scored a career-best 251 and 129 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.

Smith, who had held the top spot since February, has scored just 10 runs across four innings against India, who levelled the series at 1-1 with victory in Melbourne.

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.