Steve Smith extends the lead with Virat Kohli in Test rankings

Steve Smith extends the lead with Virat Kohli in Test ranking

Australian Batsmen Steve Smith has extended the lead with Indian captain Virat Kohli at number one in the ICC Test Players Ranking for Batsmen following his monumental effort at the Manchester Test Match that helped his team retain the Ashes.

Smith’s shots, 211 and 82-runs, in the two innings in the fourth Ash Test that Australia won by 185-runs against England lifted him to 937 rating points, just ten fewer than his best aggregate of all time reached in December 2017. He is now 34 points ahead of Kohli and is virtually sure to remain at the top at the end of the five-match series.

Meanwhile, Pat Cummins, who chose 7/103 at Old Trafford, also helped him consolidate his position at the top of the standings of bowlers.

Cummins has matched the best set of his 914-point career, which is the fifth-best of all time and the best set for Australia along with Glenn McGrath, who achieved his best performance in 2001.

The right pacemaker scores 63 points ahead of South Africa’s fast-bowling player Kagiso Rabada, with Jasprit Bumrah in third place. Josh Hazlewood is in the top 10 for the first time this year, going from 12th to 8th.

Meanwhile, the conquest of 224 executions from Afghanistan over Bangladesh in Chattogram has resulted in significant gains for its players.

Former Captain Asghar Afghan’s scores of 92 and 50 took him from 110th to 63rd place, while Rahmat Shah’s century in the first innings helped him move from 93 to 65.

Captain Rashid Khan’s 11-for-104 player’s effort has lifted him from 69th to 37th place, while multifaceted Mohammad Nabi withdrew from the 85th position after winning 21 spots.

For Bangladesh, left-arm spinners Shakib-al-Hasan and Taijul Islam have each risen to 21 and 22, respectively. Nayeem Hasan, out of roulette, advanced 21 places to 66th position.

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