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Steven Smith reaches new height in Test rankings

Steven Smith has stretched his lead over second placed Virat Kohli to 52 points
Steven Smith has stretched his lead over second placed Virat Kohli to 52 points

Australia captain Steven Smith has reached new heights in International Cricket Council Test Rankings for batsmen following his stellar performance in the third Test against England at WACA.

Smith notched up 239 run knock in the only innings Australia batted and was pivotal along with Mitchell Marsh in setting up a massive 259 run first innings lead that helped them complete an innings victory and gain a 3-0 unassailable lead in the Ashes series.

As a result, Smith gained seven rating points and is now at 945 to take the joint second position in the all-time list along with Len Hutton.

In the process, the Aussie skipper also overtook Peter May, Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs in all-time leading rating points list and needs just 16 more to match Sir Don Bradman's tally of 961 points - which is the most for any batsman in the history of the game.

The 28-year-old has now been number one for 114 Tests, which is the fifth-most in a list led by Gary Sobers (189 Tests) and with Viv Richards (179), Lara (140) and Tendulkar (139) the others ahead of him.

Meanwhile, knocks of 140 and 54 saw Dawid Malan climb 47 places to career-best position of 52 while Marsh also gained 44 positions following his 181 run knock that sees him in the 65th place.

Jonny Bairstow (up one place to 15th) and Usman Khawaja (up two places to 19th) are the other movers on the list.

Speedster Josh Hazlewood, who picked five wickets in the final innings has gained a place and moves into the top five while Pat Cummins and Craig Overton moved up by four and seven players respectively to 39th and 89th positions.

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