Steve Smith
Australia batsman Steve Smith | Picture: Cricket Australia Twitter

Australian batsman Steve Smith has extended his lead over Indian skipper Virat Kohli at the number one spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings.

The 30-year old aggregated 293 runs (211+83) in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, recently overtook Kohli to take the top spot.

With this, he is almost assured of the top spot after the conclusion of Ashes.

Australia’s Test deputy, Pat Cummins, also retained his top spot in the ICC Test bowler rankings as he amalgamated 7 wickets in Australia’s triumph in the Old Trafford Test.

The Australian holds a 63-points lead over Kagiso Rabada, who also retained the second spot.

Speaking of Australians, Josh Hazlewood has also moved inside the top ten for the first tie in his career. He is on the 8th spot of the bowler’s rankings.

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah also retains the third spot in ICC Test bowler’s rankings.

After Afghanistan’s historic win over Bangladesh, Rashid Khan and Asghar Afghan have made massive leaps.

Captain Rashid Khan’s 11 wickets in the Chattogram Test has lifted him from 69th to the 37th position.

Former skipper Afghan has moved from 110th to the 63rd position. Afghan scored 92 and 50, respectively in the match.

Meanwhile, Rahmat Shah’s first innings ton has lifted him from 93rd to 65th position.

 

 

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