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ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith just a bar below Virat Kohli
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ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith just a bar below Virat Kohli

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Steve Smith has been in sublime form in Ashes series, having amassed 378 runs in three innings at an impressive average of 126.

Australian batsman Steve Smith, who has been celebrating his return to first class cricket after a ban on ball tampering controversy with back-to-back centuries, has found a second place in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. India skipper Virat Kohli retained his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings.

Steve Smith went on to score a valiant 92 in Lord's Test after hitting successive centuries to steer Australia to a 251 run win over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Despite being banned for a year, Smith replaced Kane Williamson and is only nine points behind table-topper Virat Kohli.

Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has maintained his first rank on ICC table in bowling. Top-ranked fast bowler Pat Cummins has drawn level with Glenn McGrath on the all-time ICC Test bowler ranking ratings points after claiming six wickets in the drawn Lord’s Test against England.

Several Australians have made noteworthy strides in the batting rankings owing to their performances in the ongoing Ashes series. Travis Head climbed two spots to No.18, while Marnus Labuschagne has jumped 16 spots on the table to be No.82.

Their English rivals, notably Ben Stokes (six spots up to No.26), Jonny Bairstow (seven spots up to No.30) and Rory Burns (17 spots up to No.64) have made advances too.

However, Australia's top-order players David Warner (down four), Usman Khawaja and Cameron Bancroft (both down five) have lost out.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, whose brilliant 122 in the first Test helped his team claim a six-wicket win over New Zealand, has broken into the top 10, climbing four spots to No.8, the highest he has been in his seven-year Test career.