Steve Smith Raised His ICC Test Ranking
After an amazing performance in Ashes series 2019, flamboyant batsmen Steve Smith has improved his ICC Test Ranking. He overtook Kane Williamson to take second place in the table. Not only Kane Williamson but also Steve Smith nearly overtook Virat Kohli in the standings. Steve Smith moved up to second place after 92 runs in the first leg of the ashes Test’s second draw against England at the Lords Cricket Ground. Smith earned a place and moved closer to Virat Kohli, India’s first skipper, in the updated standings.
Steve Smith has overtaken New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and is only nine points behind Virat Kohli (922 points), but the Indian captain will have the opportunity to consolidate his position in the next two-game series in the West Indies starting Thursday. Smith, has scored 378 runs in the current Ashes series between England and Australia. Versatile Englishman Ben Stokes improved his ranking by six places to 26th, while Jonny Bairstow moved up seven places to 30th.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s who scored 39 and 122 in the first Test match against New Zealand in Galle, not only helped his team take a 1-0 lead in the two-game series also helped the opener to climb four places to 8th position. At the same time, India could lose its first place in the ICC test team standings, a 1-0 loss to the West Indies in the next series will take them to 108 points. This margin will be sufficient for the West Indies to overtake Pakistan in seventh place with 88 points.