Smith rides Ashes centuries to move up Test rankings; Kohli No. 1

Resurfacing of ball-tampering case doesn't help Steve Smith's case: Mark Taylor on Australia captaincy
Resurfacing of ball-tampering case doesn't help Steve Smith's case: Mark Taylor on Australia captaincy

Australia’s Steve Smith, returning to Test cricket after serving 12-month bab, has gained one place to reach the third position among batsmen while spinner Nathan Lyon and fast bowler Pat Cummins are among the others to gain in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after the Edgbaston Test.

Indian captain Virat Kohli continues to be the No. 1 Test batsman.

Smith’s knocks of 144 and 142 won him the Man of the Match award in the first Ashes Test and the formerly top-ranked batsman is back above the 900-point mark along with table leader Virat Kohli (922) and Kane Williamson (913), after having staged the comeback in fourth place and with 857 points.

Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon shared 10 wickets between them on the final day of the Edgbaston Test Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon shared 10 wickets between them on the final day of the Edgbaston Test. Lyon’s nine wickets in the match have lifted him six spots to 13th position among bowlers while Cummins has consolidated his top position with a seven-wicket match haul that helped him reach a career-best 898 rating points, the third-best for an Australia bowler in the past 50 years after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

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For England, Ben Foakes and Chris Woakes are in 69th and 70th positions in the list for batsmen after gaining one and 11 points, respectively. Opener Rory Burns’ knock of 133 in the first innings has helped him move up 25 places to a career-best 81st position.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who completed 100 Test wickets against Australia during the match, has gained two places to reach 16th position while Woakes has advanced four places to take the 29th slot after grabbing four wickets in the match. Woakes has also leapfrogged compatriot Moeen Ali to reach ninth among all-rounders.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 6 August, after the Edgbaston Test)

Batsmen (top 10): 1. Virat Kohli (Ind, 922); 2. K Williamson (NZ, 913); 3. Steve Smith (Aus, 903); 4. C Pujara (Ind, 881); 5. Henry Nicholls (NZ, 778); 6. Joe Root (Eng, 741); 7.

David Warner (Aus, 721); 8. Aiden Markram (SA, 719); 9. Q de Kock (SA, 718); and 10. Faf du Plessis (SA, 702).

Bowlers (top 10): 1. Pat Cummins (Aus, 898); 2. K Rabada (SA, 851); 3. J Anderson (Eng, 831); 4. V Philander (SA, 813); 5. Neil Wagner (NZ, 801); 6. R Jadeja (Ind, 794); 7. Trent Boult (NZ, 787); 8. Jason Holder (WI, 770) and M Abbas (Pak, 770); 10. R Ashwin (Ind, 763).

All-rounders (top five): 1. Jason Holder (WI, 439); 2. S Al Hasan (Ban, 399); 3. R Jadeja (Ind, 387); 4. Ben Stoke (Eng, 346); and 5. V Philander (SA, 326).

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