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Steve Smith Heads Back To The Apex of Test Rankings

Steve Smith Heads Back To The Apex of Test Rankings

Despite scoring two half-centuries, Virat Kohli hasn’t been at his best against West Indies and even got out on a duck in the recently concluded test series. All of this has seen the Indian skipper slip up from the first position and his spot has now been reclaimed by Steve Smith who was on blistering form in the Ashes.

Steve Smith is now one point ahead of Kohli and is on 903 points in the ICC rankings. Steve Smith missed the third test in the Ashes due to a concussion but will return for the fourth test as England led by Ben Stokes claimed a historic victory in the third test.

Ajinkya Rahane, who on the other hand scored an impressive half-century in Sabrina Park returned to the top 10, rising four places to number seven. HanumaVihari who is still a newcomer to the scene rose 40 spots higher to number 30 having played just six tests. Vihari was the highest run-scorer for India in West Indies managing 289 runs.

Both JaspritBumrah and Jason Holder were rewarded for their efforts in the series. They both notched fifers in the first innings of their teams and as a result have moved up to number 3 and number 4 respectively on the bowlers’ list. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins lead the list with the top two spots.

Despite playing three tests this year, Kohli is yet to add another one to his 25 Test hundreds. Steve Smith has returned to the squad for the fourth test against England in Manchester that begins on Wednesday. This will allow him to extend his lead at the top with some fine performances.

Steve Smith had been the number 1 test batsman on the planet consistently since December 2015. In August 2018, his career was haunted by a ball-tampering scandal following which he was banned from cricket. The Australian, however, had no struggles in heading back to the top in his first test series since the ban. He scored two centuries in his first test followed by a 92 in the second.

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