In the latest ICC Test rankings that were revealed today, Australia star Steve Smith surpassed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson to become the top-ranked Test batsman. While Virat Kohli is placed at 4th position in the rankings

   

ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson to become No.1 batsman, Virat Kohli climbs to No.4

WHAT?

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.

HOW?

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 Garry Sobers (189 matches) and Viv Richards (179 matches).

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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.