Steve Smith: Australia batsman returns to top of Test rankings

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Steve Smith has recovered the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings.
Virat Kohli has been overtaken by smith following the India captain endured a gold duck that was second-innings during their 257-run triumph over West Indies in the second Test in Jamaica.
After recovering from concussion the Australia batsman will return to the line-up for the fourth Ashes Test, starting at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Inside his three innings so far throughout the Ashes,” Smith has scored runs.
Since he recovered from being struck on the head Jofra Archer through the next Test at Lord 30, the 30-year-old needed to sit outside the third Test at Headingley.
Smith was high in the batting rankings between August 2018 and December 2015, however he lost that location in Test cricket during his suspension.
Even the batsman, then Australia’s captain, was prohibited for his role in a sandpaper scandal along with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner.
But he returned for the Ashes series into the Australia group and he has proved a barrier for England’s bowlers, facing deliveries and averaging 126.
His present overall career average of 63.24 in 66 Tests is second only to the mythical late Australia batsman Sir Donald Bradman.
Kohli has slipped one stage supporting Smith despite captaining India to a series triumph from the West Indies.
Smith’s return to high place means Australia currently have the world’s number one Test batsman and bowler. Pat Cummins has been the leading bowler since February in the five-day game.
Following a show in the Caribbean, four places have climbed into third, in the bowling rankings.
Bumrah became only the third Indian bowler to have a hat-trick at Test cricket in the first innings in Jamaica and he took 13 wickets throughout both Tests in a remarkable 9.23.
The number one ranked bowler in one-day internationals, Bumrah has taken 62 wickets in 12 Tests since his debut in January 2018.
In that moment, he’s had five-wicket hauls from England, South Africa, Australia and the West Indies – that the very first bowler to do so.
“There isn’t much you can convey about Jasprit, how he’s been bowling,” said Kohli following the match in Kingston. “We can say is we’re really fortunate to have him on our staff.
“He confuses you with all angles, with swing, he’ll setup for the outswinger, then bowl the inswinger, and it is coming at pace, then he will reach you with bouncers too.
“So, I think he’s the complete bowler in world cricket at this time.”
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