Steven Smith reclaims number one Test ranking

Steven Smith has returned to the top of the Test batting rankings
Steven Smith has returned to the top of the Test batting rankings
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Australia's new Test captain Steven Smith has returned to the top of the Test batting rankings in the latest list published by the International Cricket Council.

Smith compiled a fantastic century in the recently concluded fifth Ashes Test which Australia won in emphatic fashion as the series ended 3-2 in favor of England.

Meanwhile, Root’s twin failures in the Test match means that he has slipped down the rankings to third place.

Failures in the last two Tests had seen Smith drop to third spot with Root capturing the top spot but the duo’s performances in The Oval Test has seen them swap spots.

David Warner’s consistent performances saw him manage a rise in the rankings as he moved to ninth spot over his opening partner Chris Rogers who retires in 10th place.

This means that India's Test captain Virat Kohli falls out of the top 10 as he goes down a spot to take 11th place.

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, another retiree this week ends his career in seventh place in the Test batting rankings while Australian skipper Michael Clarke ends his career in 25th.

Among the bowlers, Mitchell Johnson has moved up a spot to sixth place while team-mate Peter Siddle climbs up three spots to 14th following his excellent comeback at The Oval.

Siddle’s rise means that team-mates Josh Hazlewood (one spot down to 15th) and Mitchell Starc (three spots down to 18th) both have suffered a drop in their rankings.

Meanwhile, off-spinner Nathan Lyon has gone up to 16th spot in the rankings on the strength of his fine performance in the final Ashes Test.

For England, their pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson continue to hold on to their second and fifth spots respectively.

India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has surged to eighth spot after he bowled India to a rare away win on Monday in Colombo.

The bowler rankings continue to be dominated by South African pacer Dale Steyn who is way ahead of his competitors.

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