Steve Smith: Australia batsman returns to top of Test rankings
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Steve Smith has recovered the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings.
Virat Kohli has been overtaken by smith following the India captain suffered a gold duck that was second-innings during their win over West Indies in the second Test in Jamaica.
After recovering from concussion, the Australia batsman will return to the line-up to the fourth Ashes Test, beginning at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Inside his three innings up to now during the Ashes,” Smith has scored runs.
As he recuperated from being struck on the head from Jofra Archer through the second Test the 30-year-old needed to sit out the next Test at Headingley.
Smith was top of the batting rankings between December 2015 and August 2018, however he dropped that place throughout his one-piece suspension.
The batsman the captain of Australia, was prohibited because of his role at a sandpaper scandal together with Cameron Bancroft along with vice-captain David Warner.
But he returned into the Australia team and he’s proved a enormous obstacle for the bowlers of England, averaging 126 and confronting deliveries.
His present overall career average of 63.24 out of 66 Tests is second only to the legendary late Australia batsman Sir Donald Bradman.
Kohli has slid one stage supporting Smith despite captaining India.
Smith’s return to spot means Australia currently have the entire world’s number one Test batsman and bowler. Pat Cummins was the top bowler in the game.
From the bowling rankings, India’s Jasprit Bumrah has risen four places into third, after a show from the Caribbean.
Bumrah became only the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick at Test cricket in the first innings at Jamaica and he took 13 wickets across the two Tests in a remarkable 9.23.
The number one rated bowler Bumrah has taken 62 wickets in just 12 Tests since his debut in January 2018.
In that moment, he has had five-wicket hauls at England, South Africa, Australia and the West Indies – that the first Asian bowler.
“There is not much you can convey about Jasprit, how he’s been bowling,” said Kohli following the game in Kingston. “We can say is we are really lucky to have him on our team.
“He confuses you with all angleswith swing, he’ll setup for your outswinger, then bowl the inswinger, and it is coming at pace, then he can hit you with bouncers too.
“Thus, I think he is the most complete bowler in world cricket at the moment.”
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