Smith takes over from Williamson as No.1 in MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test Player Rankings

Smith takes over from Williamson as No.1 in MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test Player Rankings

Australia batsman Steve Smith has reclaimed the No.1 Place at the MRF Tyres ICC Men's Exam Player Rankings for the first time as the Boxing Day Tests last year.

He takes over from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Who's set to direct his team at the ICC World Test Championship Final from India in the Hampshire Bowl at Southampton by Friday.

Williamson, who missed the second Test against England at Edgbaston because of injury after scoring 13 runs in the drawn first Test at Lord's, has slipped five points behind Smith's 891 rating points and is now second from the batters' list.

This means that Smith was in the very best for 167 Tests performed globally in total, just behind Garry Sobers (189 matches) and Viv Richards (179 matches).

Matt Henry's player of the match performance (three wickets in each innings) has lifted him into some career-best 307 points and 64th standing while Ajaz Patel also is in a career-high points tally of 323. Devon Conway continues his great run and is at joint-61st position.

England's second innings total was their lowest against New Zealand in the home but Dan Lawrence's first innings unbeaten 81 has raised him up 16 places to a career greatest 396 points.

The most recent men's weekly update, which also includes performances in the very first Test between South Africa and the West Indies at St Lucia, sees Quinton de Kock at joint-12th place with Cheteshwar Pujara while his compatriot Adrian Markram has advanced two slots to achieve 14th position.

De Kock, who had been named player of the match to get scoring an unbeaten 141 that helped his team win by an innings and 63 runs, has attained 11 rankings to reach his highest position since December 2019.

South Africa's pace bowlers also have made quick strides after the huge triumph.

Formerly top-ranked Kagiso Rabada has got two places to reach seventh position following a five-wicket haul in the second innings, Anrich Nortje is upwards to the top 30 for the first time in his career ending with seven wickets in the match, while Lungi Ngidi is up 14 places to 44th place with a first-innings five-wicket haul.