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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has gained two spots to reach second rank in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen released on Monday after the first Test against South Africa in Dunedin which ended in a draw on Sunday. The latest rankings, which also take into account performances in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Galle, which the home side won by 259 runs on Saturday, sees Williamson leapfrog Joe Root and Virat Kohli after his fine knock of 130. Williamson, who was number-one ranked for a brief while in November-December 2015, is now on 869 points, 21 points ahead of third-placed Root but a good 67 points adrift of table leader Steve Smith of Australia, who is on 936 points. NZ eye 3rd spot in ICC Rankings ahead of Test series vs SA

South Africa s Dean Elgar is another batsman to make significant gains after his innings of 140 and 89. The left-handed opener has gained 10 spots to reach a career-best 11th rank and is now just seven points behind team-mate AB de Villiers. South Africa captain Faf de Plessis s two half-centuries have seen him gain two spots to reach 19th position. Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis s scores of 194 and 19, which earned him the player of the match award in Galle, have also helped him gain 16 places to reach 23rd rank while his team-mate Upul Tharanga s first century on home soil has enabled him to move up nine slots to 44th rank.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has moved up six places to 29th rank after scores of 85 and 34 while Soumya Sarkar s two half-centuries in Galle have taken him up 25 places to 55th rank.

The top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers has remained unchanged but Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilruwan Perera has moved up three slots to 14th rank after his five wickets in the Galle Test while Bangladesh spinner Mehedi Hasan s six wickets have helped him gain four places to reach 36th rank.

South Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj s haul of five for 94 in New Zealand s only innings in Dunedin has helped him gain 13 places to reach 52nd spot.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh s Shakib Al Hasan has conceded the top spot for all-rounders to India s Ravichandran Ashwin after having overtaken him earlier this week. Shakib has dropped 38 points and is now on 403 points, 31 behind Ashwin.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 13 March, after the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Dunedin and the first Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Galle)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank Name Country Rating
1 Steven Smith Australia 936
2 Kane Williamson New Zealand 869
3 Joe Root England 848
4 Viraty Kohli India 847
5 David Warner Australia 794
6 Cheteshwar Pujara India 793
7 Azhar Ali Pakistan 779
8 Younis Khan Pakistan 772
9 Hashim Amla South Africa 757
10 AB de Villiers South Africa 747

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank Name Country Rating
1 Ravichandran Ashwin India 892
1 Ravindra Jadeja India 892
3 Josh Hazlewood Australia 863
4 Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 850
5 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 813
6 Dale Steyn South Africa 811
7 James Anderson England 810
8 Stuart Broad England 803
9 Vernon Philander South Africa 792
10 Neil Wagner New Zealand 767

All-rounders (top five)

Rank Name Country Rating
1 Ravivhandran Ashwin India 434
2 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 403
3 Ravindra Jadeja India 360
4 Mitchell Starc Australia 332
5 Ben Stokes England 327
6 Moeen Ali England 312

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