Steve Smith back as No. 1 Test batsman

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 17 2021

India captain Virat Kohli jumped to the No. 4 spot, while Australia batsman Steve Smith reclaimed the No.1 position in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen for the first time since the Boxing Day Tests last year.

Smith takes over from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is set to lead his team in the ICC World Test Championship Final against India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from Friday. Williamson, who missed the second Test against England at Edgbaston due to injury after scoring 13 runs in the drawn first Test at Lord’s, has slipped five points behind Smith’s 891 rating points and is second in the batters’ list. 

This means that Smith has been at the top for 167 Tests played worldwide in total, only behind Gary Sobers (189 matches) and Viv Richards (179 matches). The latest men’s weekly update, which also includes performances from the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies in St Lucia, sees Quinton de Kock in joint-12th position with Cheteshwar Pujara, while his compatriot Adrian Markram has advanced two slots to reach 14th position. De Kock, who was named player of the match for scoring an unbeaten 141 that helped his team win by an innings and 63 runs, has gained 11 positions to attain his highest position since December 2019. (Agencies)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 17 2021

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