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Steve Smith achieves joint-second highest points in latest ICC Test rankings

Aadya Sharma
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10.08K   //    19 Dec 2017, 12:34 IST

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Smith scored a scintillating 239 in the third Test

After a stunning display of batsmanship that helped his side regain the Ashes in style, Steve Smith reached close to Don Bradman's highest-ever point ratings in the latest ICC Test rankings released after the end of the third Ashes Test.

Smith is now tied with Len Hutton on the second spot, having reached 945 points after his scintillating 239 helped Australia secure an unassailable 3-0 lead over England.

Smith jumped seven points after his Perth performances, in the process, overtaking Peter May, Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs. He now stands only 16 points away from Bradman’s tally of 961 points.

Smith has had a minimum of 918 points in the last one year, 25 higher than the current rating of Virat Kohli, who is currently second placed.

Apart from Smith, England's Dawid Malan jumped 47 places to reach a career-best 52nd spot, while Australia's comeback man, Mitchell Marsh moved up 44 places to reach 65.

In the bowlers' rankings, Josh Hazlewood moved into the top-5 by usurping Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath, while James Anderson continued to stay on top of the rankings.

For India, Cheteshwar Pujara moved one place up, and is now third behind Smith and Kohli in the batting charts. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin continue to be the top-ranked Indian bowlers, occupying the third and fourth spot respectively.

Here are the complete rankings:

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player               Team    Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

  1       ( - )        Steve Smith        Aus       945!     62.32   945 v Eng at Perth 2017

  2       ( - )        Virat Kohli           Ind        893      53.75   895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

  3       (+1)       C. Pujara             Ind        873      52.96   888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

  4       (+1)       Kane Williamson NZ         855      50.62   893 v Aus at Perth 2015

  5       (-2)        Joe Root             Eng       852      52.37   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

  6       ( - )        David Warner      Aus       801      47.97   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

  7       ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         795      49.87   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

  8       ( - )        Azhar Ali             Pak       755      46.62   787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

  9       ( - )        D. Chandimal      SL         743!     43.94   743 v Ind at Delhi 2017

 10      ( - )        Ross Taylor         NZ         739      48.04   871 v Win at Hamilton 2013


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)      Player                 Team    Pts       Avge     Highest Rating

  1       ( - )        James Anderson Eng       892      27.35    896 v Win at Lord's 2017

  2       ( - )        Kagiso Rabada   SA         876!     22.71    876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

  3       ( - )        R. Jadeja             Ind        870      23.73    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

  4       ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind        829      25.44    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

  5       (+1)       Josh Hazlewood Aus       824      25.46    863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

  6       (-1)        Rangana Herath SL         799      28.04    867 v Zim at Harare 2016

  7       ( - )        Neil Wagner        NZ         784      27.87    785 v Win at Wellington 2017

  8       ( - )        Mitchell Starc      Aus       782      27.52    805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016

  9       ( - )        Nathan Lyon       Aus       773      31.55    774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

 10      ( - )        Dale Steyn          SA         748      22.30    909 v Win at Centurion 2014

All-rounders (top five)

Rank   (+/-)         Player                Team    Pts       Highest Rating

  1       ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan Ban       438      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

  2       ( - )        Ravindra Jadeja  Ind        415      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

  3       ( - )        Ben Stokes         Eng       372/*    396 v Win at Lord's 2017

  4       ( - )        R. Ashwin            Ind        369      493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

  5       ( - )        Moeen Ali            Eng       326      409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017 


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