Steven Smith moves to No. 2 in Test rankings for batsmen

Steven Smith has leapfrogged Kane Williamson to second place on the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after amassing 378 runs in three innings at an average of 126 in the ongoing Ashes series. Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has consolidated his place at the top of the bowlers rankings to such an extent that only four men have ever accumulated more rating points than the 914 he has now. (Sydney Barnes 932, George Lohmann 931, Imran Khan 922, Muttiah Muralitharan 920, if you were curious)

Much of the focus though remains on Smith who is in a race against time to be fit for the third Ashes Test at Headingley after sustaining a ‘mild concussion’ after taking a Jofra Archer bouncer to the neck. Despite being out of international cricket for a year, he has reduced the gap to the No. 1 spot – currently occupied by Virat Kohli – to just nine points. England captain Joe Root has dropped to ninth place…

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