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Steve Smith jumps to the second position in Test rankings

By Bet Barter

January 12, 2021

After the third test match between India and Australia in Sydney, Steve Smith jumps to the second position in the test rankings. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is currently leading the table with 919 points. His heroic 238 innings in the second Test against Pakistan has helped him reach the best ever-rating points by a New Zealand player. 

The Kiwi captain was third on the list before the beginning of the series in Pakistan. Williamson was also the series player after leading his side to an innings, and 176 runs win and a 2-0 victory in the two-Test series. The 30-year-old has reached 919 rating points improving his mark of 915 in December 2018.

Williamson outlined it as humbling to surpass Smith as he held the position for 313 days this year. Virat Kohli was number one for 51 days. In the on-going Border-Gavaskar series, Smith had slipped to the third spot in the rankings.  As per the latest test rankings, the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Johannesburg is also included.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is third on the ICC Men’s Test ranking

Steve Smith surpassed Virat Kohli to reach second position after scores of 131 and 81 in the third test. Dean Elgar jumped to the 13th position with scores of 127 and 31 not out. Henry Nicholls climbed three places to reach ninth among batsmen. Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson's match haul of 11-117 has lifted him to the 21st position. Jamieson, who has played six test matches so far, is fifth among all-rounders. In his six test matches, he has claimed 36 Test wickets so far.

Marnus Labuschagne climbed to the fourth position with a career-best 866 rating points. He had an outstanding performance with the scores of 91 and 73. Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has also jumped three places to reach the fifth position. He has picked up four wickets in the match.

Speaking about the Indian side, Cheteshwar Pujara's innings of 50 and 77 have seen him fall from eighth to 10th position. Rishabh Pant's 36 and 97 have helped him reach 26th position. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin also have gained after their fighting knocks in the third match at Sydney. 

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