Cummins and Smith Write Names Into History Books

Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates with team mates
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Fast bowler Pat Cummins and batter Steve Smith are writing their names into the cricket history books. The Australians have shot up the rankings after an impressive display at Lord’s during the third Ashes Test.

Cummins took six wickets in London and bowled England captain Joe Root out for a duck for good measure. This increased his already impressive tally by 16 points and moved him up to a total of 914. His phenomenal six-wicket haul brings him level with Aussie bowler Glenn McGrath in the ICC test rankings. Cummins is expected to surpass the legendary bowler’s total by the end of the summer.

Smith Aiming to Reclaim World No.1 Spot 

However, Cummins isn’t the only player in the Australian squad with his eyes on a record. Steve Smith, who bats at number three for the Aussies, has been superb with the bat. He single-handedly carried the touring side to victory in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston and scored an incredible 286 runs across his two innings.

What’s more, he backed that sensational performance up by putting another 92 runs on the board at Lord’s during the second test. The Australian batsman was showing no signs of slowing down until a crushing delivery from England fast bowler Jofra Archer bounced into his neck.

Smithy, as he’s affectionately referred to by his teammates, will miss out on the game at Headingley with a concussion. This is a huge blow for the visitors, and his presence at the crease will be missed. The question on everyone’s lips is - who’s going to step up to the mark and fill that void?

On a brighter note, Smith is just nine points away from toppling Indian batsman Virat Kohli at the top of the world rankings. If he plays anywhere near the level he did during the first two tests; he’ll be quietly confident that he can reach the top spot.

 Kohli Looks to Increase Lead in Antigua

Virat Kohli, who currently sits on 922 points, has a chance to put a few more runs on the board before Steve Smith returns from injury.The Indian national team are currently in Antigua where they’ll go head-to-head with the West Indies in the first of two test matches. Bookmakers focused on cricket betting have them as favourites.

India’s superstar will be hoping to spend plenty of time at the crease. Kohli wasn’t overly impressive during the Cricket World Cup and crashed out for just one run when he faced Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first semi-final of the tournament. However, he managed to score brilliant back-to-back centuries against the Windies during the ODI series two weeks ago.

Movements Elsewhere 

There’s been plenty of movement elsewhere. England captain Joe Root slipped three places down the rankings from sixth to ninth after a mediocre performance in the second Ashes Test.

Furthermore, Jofra Archer’s fantastic debut and five-wicket haul saw him enter the rankings at number 83. However, we don’t think the England fast bowler will be there for long. It’s only a matter of time before he’s competing for his own records.

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