Williamson, Warner gain ground on AB


Kane Williamson of New Zealand and Australia's David Warner have number-one ranked AB de Villiers firmly within their sights after achieving career-best rankings in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings.
Williamson has jumped three places to join Australia captain Steven Smith in second spot following scores of 166 and 32 not out, while Warner's 253 and 24 have lifted him three places to fifth.

The top five batsmen, four of whom are likely to feature in the third Tests in Nagpur and Adelaide later this month, are now separated by just 19 points with Smith and Williamson trailing de Villiers by six points and Warner another 13 points behind.

This means that the battle for the coveted number-one position, post the conclusion of the two series, remains tight as there will be a further reshuffle at the top of the order depending on how these batsmen perform.

Ross Taylor, who won the player of the match award at the WACA, has returned to the top 10 for the first time in 12 months. Taylor scored 290 and 36 not out, for which he has been rewarded with a jump of seven places that has put him in 10th spot.

Outside the top 20, there were movements for Adam Voges, Shikhar Dhawan and Usman Khawaja. Voges and Khawaja, who also scored centuries in Perth, have achieved career-best rankings to date by moving to 32nd and 47th positions, respectively, while Dhawan has gained five positions and is now in 33rd spot.