Latest ICC Test Rankings 2019: Steve Smith Increases Lead over Virat Kohli As World No. 1 Batsman; Pat Cummins Extends Stay As Top-Ranked Bowler
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Steve Smith and Pat Cummins further consolidated their position in the top of ICC Test rankings after steering Australia to a massive 185-run victory over England in the fourth game of a five-match Test series. Smith, who needed just three innings to topple Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and become number one in the ICC Test rankings for the batsman, now has a 34 rating points lead over Kohli at the top of latest ICC Test batting rankings, released on Tuesday. Cummins, in contrast, began Ashes 2019 on top of the ICC Test Bowling rankings and now has a 63 points lead. Steve Smith Batting Stats in Ashes 2019: Modern-Day Bradman Makes and Breaks a Flurry of Records in Fourth Test at Old Trafford Stadium.

Smith, who made a return to the Australian Test team after serving a year ban, has scored an astonishing 671 runs in just five innings that includes a double ton and three centuries. The 30-year-old now has a 34 rating points lead over the second-placed Kohli and is assured of finishing Ashes 2019 Test series as the World No 1 batsman in the ICC Test batting rankings. Smith has 937 rating points, while Kohli has 903 rating points. Steve Smith Dethrones Virat Kohli to Become the No. 1 Batsman in ICC Test Rankings.

Pat Cummins similarly has enjoyed a stellar campaign with the ball in the four-Test matches played so far in Ashes 2019. The 26-year-old right-arm fast bowler has taken 24 wickets in eight Ashes 2019 innings, which includes seven wickets in the last game at Manchester. South African pacer Kagiso Rabada is the second-ranked bowler in the ICC Test bowling rankings.

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Meanwhile, Kohli (no 2) is the highest-ranked batsman in the ICC batting rankings, while Cheteshwar Pujara at No 4 and Ajinkya Rahane at No 7 are the next two best-placed batsmen in the latest ICC batting charts. Among the Indian bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-ranked bowler and is placed in the third position. Bumrah is also the only Indian bowler in the top 10 of ICC bowling charts. Similarly, Ravindra Jadeja is India’s top-ranked all-rounder in the rankings for all-rounders. He is third in the all-rounder’s list.