Kane Williamson is at the top of the ICC Test Batting Ranking

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is at the top of the latest ICC Men's Test Batting Ranking but Smith is only a single point behind him.

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Steve Smith (882) scored his 32nd Test century in the second Ashes Test at Lord's and it helped him to close the gap within one rating point of the top ranking in second place on the updated batter rankings. Kane Willamson has found himself at the top with 883 rating points. England star Joe Root's position declined following scores of 10 and 18 against Australia.

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It is the first time Kane Williamson has reached the No.1 ranking since August 2021. The Kiwi batter first rose to the top back in November 2015. Meanwhile, Australian batters now occupy four of the top seven places on the Test batter rankings. Marnus Labuschagne (third), Travis Head (fourth), and Usman Khawaja (seventh) are all within striking distance of the No.1 spot ahead of the third Ashes Test against England this week at Headingley.

The Ashes also affected Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who slipped to the sixth position with 862 rating points.

ICC Test Batting Ranking:

Position Player Team Rating
1 Kane Williamson  NZ 883
2 Steve Smith  AUS 882
3 Marnus Labuschagne  AUS 873
4 Travis Head  AUS 872
5 Joe Root  ENG 866
6 Babar Azam  PAK 862
7 Usman Khawaja  AUS 847
8 Daryl Mitchell  NZ 792
9 Dimuth Karunaratne  SL 780
10 Rishabh Pant  IND 758
11 Tom Blundell  NZ 739
12 Rohit Sharma  IND 729
13 Harry Brook  ENG 713
14 Virat Kohli  IND 700
15 Dinesh Chandimal  SL 697
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