Steven Smith regains No. 1 spot in ICC Test rankings

Former Australia Captain Steven Smith has managed to regain top spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Virat Kohli has dropped to second position after a string of low scores against West Indies in the two-match series played in the Caribbean.

Steven Smith accumulated to close to 800 runs in the recently concluded Ashes series played in England. The right-handed batsman was the standout player for Australia and played a big role in helping the side retain the Ashes series. Steven Smith certainly showed his class and caliber after serving a 12-month ban due to his alleged involvement in spot-fixing scandal.

In the five-match series, Steven Smith scored 774 runs at an average of 110.57 with three centuries and three half-centuries to his name. Smith will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in the coming season of red-ball cricket for Australia.

On the other hand, Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane smashed an unbeaten half-century in Sabina Park to move to no.7 in the ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen. Hanuma Vihari, who scored a double century in Sabina Park, has moved to 30th position in the latest rankings.

India’s premier bowler, Jaspreet Bumrah, picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Test played in Jamaica. With his splendid bowling performance, Bumrah has moved to no.3 in the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers. West Indies Captain Jason Holder also picked up five wickets and is placed at fourth position in the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers.

Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have maintained their position after doing well with the ball in the recently concluded Ashes series played in England. West Indies pacer Kemar Roach also bowled well and claimed three wickets to surpass Wes Hall’s tally of 192 Test wickets. He has dropped one place and is currently at eight position in the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers.

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