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ICC Test Rankings: Opportunity for Indian batsmen to break into top ten

Steven Smith is the top ranked batsman in the world.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith has a comfortable lead at the top of the rankings

In the upcoming Test series between West Indies and India, Ajinkya Rahane will be the top-ranked batsman from either side in 12th spot and hoping to break back into the top 10. India captain Virat Kohli, who has been ranked No.1 in both ODIs and T20s but never higher than eighth in Tests, will also be looking to improve his current ranking of 14th.

Other Indian batsmen in the top 20 include Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara at number 18 and 19 respectively.

For the West Indies, stylish left-hander Darren Bravo is at the 23rd spot, while Kraigg Braithwaite is 32nd and the experienced Marlon Samuels 43rd.

The Sri Lanka-Australia series will see several leading batsmen in action, including skipper Steven Smith, who is the top ranked batsman in the ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen. Adam Voges (sixth) and vice-captain David Warner (eighth) have opportunities to improve their rankings, while Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is the only batsman from his side inside the top 10 in 10th position.

Here are the top 10 ranked Test batsmen in the world:

RankBatsmanTeamPoints
1Steven SmithAustralia925
2Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand868
3Hashim AmlaSouth Africa860
4Joe RootEngland820
5AB de VilliersSouth Africa818
6Younus KhanPakistan811
=Adam VogesAustralia811
8David WarnerAustralia800
9Misbah-ul-HaqPakistan786
10Angelo MathewsSri Lanka765
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