Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Smith reached third place in ICC Test rankings

Dubai, Aug 6 (IANS) Australian batsman Steve Smith, who scored a century in both innings of the first Test against the Ashes series against England, replaced Cheteshwar Pujara of India in the latest ICC rankings issued on Tuesday.

Smith reached third place in ICC Test rankings
Smith reached third place in ICC Test rankings

Indian captain Virat Kohli is in first place in the rankings whereas Pujara slips to fourth.

Smith, playing his first Test match after facing a one-year ban in the case of flirting with the ball, played 144 and 142 in the first innings and was adjudged Man of the Match.

Prior to this Test match, he had 857 rating points and after the match, he is the third player to get more than 900 rating points in the current ranking. Apart from Kohli (922) and New Zealand captain Ken Williamson (913), Smith (903) has more than 900 rating points.

Australia's Nathan Lyon, who took nine wickets in the Test match, climbed six places to 13th.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins has strengthened his position at the top with seven wickets in the match. He has reached the career-best of 898, in the last 50 years, he has become the Australian bowler who has won the third-highest rating after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

Opener Rory Burns, who scored 133 in the first innings for England, rose 25 places to the career-best 81st position.

In this Test match, Stuart Broad, who completed a century of Test wickets against Australia, moved up two places to 16th.

Chris Woakes, who took four wickets in the match, climbed four places to 29th. In the list of Volkswagen all-rounders, Moin Ali beat compatriot Moin Ali to ninth place.
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