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ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith extends lead over Virat Kohli after drawn Ashes series

Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 have helped him extend his lead to 34 points ahead of Indian skipper Virat Kohli (937 points) in the Test rankings for batsmen.

ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith extends lead over Virat Kohli after drawn Ashes series
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Australia batsman Steve Smith and fast bowler Pat Cummins continued to remain at the top spots in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Player Rankings after the five-match Ashes series, which culminated with a 135-run victory for England on Sunday to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 have helped him extend his lead to 34 points ahead of Indian skipper Virat Kohli (937 points) in the Test rankings for batsmen, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests. 

In the ICC Test rankings for bowlers, Cummins enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada of South Africa after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps.

Other players from Australia to make notable gains are Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh. Wade’s fourth Test century has lifted him 32 places to 78th spot, his highest since being ranked 52nd in March 2013. 

Marsh’s maiden five-wicket haul has helped him gain 20 places to reach 54th place, his best since March 2017.

David Warner has lost seven places after the Test to finish in 24th position among batsmen. He has slid 19 places during the five matches with a tally of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in fifth position. 

Josh Hazlewood has dropped from 12th to eighth after briefly making the top-10 among bowlers.

For England, fast bowler Jofra Archer has moved into the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-innings wickets while left-arm seamer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets.

Jos Buttler’s scores of 70 and 47 have lifted him back into the world’s top 30 for the first time since January this year while Joe Denly’s career-best score of 94 has taken him to a career-highest 57th place. Rory Burns has also moved up five places to 56th position.