International Cricket Council now ranks Smith in the second position ahead of the New Zealand captain in the latest update.
Virat Kohli is now only nine points ahead of Smith. Kohli, the Indian guru, will be in action this week as his team start a two-test series in West Indies.
Smith was believed to be the best batsman with two tons in the first Ashes Test. He scored 92 at Lord’s, an inning which was outshined by a massive hit to his neck. A former Australian skipper retired after being struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
But Smith was lucky; he returns to bat on Sunday after undergoing concussion test. The worst started the following morning when he woke up with a severe headache and other concussion signs.
On Thursday, Smith will face the third Test in Leeds, he is yet to give up, and he hopes to participate. Retaining Smith in their roster will be a big boost to Australia quest of keeping their 1-0 series lead and finally securing a victory at Headingley.
Smith has a whopping 378 runs in 126 series while the combined members of Australia top six have 406 runs. Thus, the ICC ranking updates are correct showing that Smith is in his class like Pat Cummins.
Cummins consolidated his place on top place on Test bowling when he tore six wickets in the draw at Lord’s. He is now in the fifth position on the allrounder table.
Cummins has the best-ranking points-tying the best any Australian bowler has ever achieved. Glenn McGrath is the other Australian bowler who has ever reached 914 points in 2001. He helped Australia win 4-1 Ashes series in England. The tour remains one of the series Australia has won Ashes in England.
Here Is a List of Test Batting Rankings:
1 – Virat Kohli (922 points)
2 – Steve Smith (913)
3 – Kane Williamson (887)
The ICC TEST BOWLING RANKINGS Is As Follows:
1 – Pat Cummins (914)
2 – Kagiso Rabada (851)
3 – Jimmy Anderson (823)