Australia’s run-machine Steve Smith has edged past Indian captain Virat Kohli to become the best test batsman in the world, based on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rankings.
Kohli’s side moved to the top of the new ICC World Test Championship table with a 2-0 series sweep against West Indies. But his own first-ball duck in the second innings at Sabina Park meant he slipped to second spot in the men’s individual ranking with 903 points.
Smith leads Kohli by one point but will have a chance to consolidate his position in the fourth Ashes Test against England starting on Wednesday at Old Trafford, where he returns after recovering from concussion. Former captain Smith has not held top spot in the rankings since December 2015. In August last year, while Smith was serving a 12-month ban over a ball-tampering scandal, Kohli overtook him in the standings.
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