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 endured a golden duck that was second-innings during their triumph 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.
In his three innings up to now throughout the Ashes, 378 runs have been scored by Smith.
Since he recovered from being struck on the head Jofra Archer during the second Test at Lord 30, the 30-year-old needed to sit outside the third Test at Headingley.
Smith was high in the positions between December 2015 and August 2018, however he lost that area in Test cricket during his suspension.
The batsman, then the captain of Australia, was prohibited for his role in a sandpaper scandal together with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
However he returned into the Australia team and he has established a huge barrier for England’s bowlers, averaging 126 and confronting 587 deliveries.
His present general career average of 63.24 out of 66 Tests is next only to the legendary late Australia batsman Sir Donald Bradman.
Kohli has slid one point supporting Smith into place despite captaining India to a series victory in the West Indies.
Smith’s return to high place means Australia bowler and now have the entire world’s number one Test batsman. Pat Cummins has been the leading bowler since February in the five-day game.
Following a sensational show in the Caribbean, four places have improved to third, From the bowling rankings.
Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket at the first innings in Jamaica and he took 13 wickets throughout the two Tests at a notable 9.23.
Already the number one ranked bowler in one-day internationals, Bumrah has obtained 62 wickets in 12 Tests.
In that time, he’s had five-wicket hauls at South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies – that the first bowler to do so.
“There is not much you can convey about Jasprit, the way he has been bowling,” said Kohli after the game in Kingston. “All we can say is we are really lucky to have him on our team.
“He frees you with all angleswith swing, he will set up to the outswinger, then bowl the inswinger, and it’s coming at pace, then he will reach you with bouncers also.
“Therefore, I believe he is the complete bowler in world cricket at this time.”
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