Kane Williamson loses ground in ICC batting rankings

Kane Williamson has slid three spots in the ICC batting standings.
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Kane Williamson has slid three spots in the ICC batting standings.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has lost his second spot in the ICC test batting rankings.

Despite scoring a century against South Africa in Dunedin two weeks ago, Williamson has slid from second spot to fifth following two low scores in Wellington last weekend.

Williamson has been usurped by India's Cheteshwar Pujara, who is fresh off scoring 202 against Australia, and is up two spots from fourth.

Australian captain Steve Smith holds his place at the top of the heap, while Englishman Joe Root stays in third and Indian skipper Virat Kohli stays in fourth.

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Ross Taylor is the next-best Kiwi, holding his place at 15th, while team-mates Jeet Raval (43rd) and Henry Nicholls (45th) achieved career-best rankings.

Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja has shot ahead of spin-twin Ravi Ashwin to take the sole top spot in the bowlers rankings after Jadeja grabbed nine wickets in the drawn third Test against Australia.

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath is up one spot to third, Australian seamer Josh Hazelwood drops a place to fourth and England paceman Jimmy Anderson is up two spots to fifth.

The best Black Cap is left-arm seamer Neil Wagner in 10th place.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan knocks Ashwin off top spot in the all-rounder rankings.

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