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Williamson world's second-best batsman

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/09/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has jumped to second in the ICC Test player rankings for batsmen, leapfrogging England's Joe Root</span> © Rob Jefferies/Getty Images Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has jumped to second in the ICC Test player rankings for batsmen, leapfrogging England's Joe Root Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson is closing in on his Aussie counterpart's crown as the world's best batsman.

Williamson, 26, climbed one place to second in the latest ICC Test batsmen rankings after scoring a combined 100 runs in his side's first Test loss to India.

The innings of 75 and 25 placed Williamson on 879 points in the rankings, ahead of England's Joe Root on 878 points.

Australian captain Steve Smith remained in first place with 906 points.

The next best Kiwi was Ross Taylor, who sits in 15th place on 706 points.

Elsewhere, South Africa's Dale Steyn retained his position as the world's best ranked bowler with 878 points.

Paceman Neil Wagner was the highest-ranked Kiwi bowler at ninth.

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