ICC rankings: Third spot for Steve Smith

The Australia batsman overtakes India’s Cheteshwar Pujara. Virat Kohli continues to occupy the No. 1 spot in the points table.

Steve Smith scored 144 and 142 in two innings to be the Player of the Match.   -  Getty Images

Australia’s Steve Smith has overtaken India’s Cheteshwar Pujara to grab the No. 3 spot in the ICC rankings after scoring two centuries in the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Smith made a spectacular comeback to Test cricket after having served a one-year ban for ball tampering. His run-making helped Australia collect a come-from-behind win. He is now back in the 900-point club; before this Test, he was in the fourth place with 857 points.

The No. 1 position in the rankings for Test batsmen continues to be held by Kohli, who possesses 922 points. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has 913 points. Pujara is placed fourth.

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Among bowlers, off-spinner Nathan Lyon has climbed six spots to occupy the 13th position.

Career-best rating points for Cummins

Fast bowler Pat Cummins has consolidated his position in the top of the table with a seven-wicket match haul that helped him reach a career-best 898 rating points, the third-best for an Australian bowler in the past 50 years after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

For England, Ben Foakes and Chris Woakes are in the 69th and 70th positions in the list for batsmen. Foakes has gained one point while Woakes has gained 11.

Opener Rory Burns’ knock of 133 at Edgbaston helped him move up 25 places to a career-best 81st position.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who reached the landmark of 100 Test wickets against Australia in the same Test, gained two places to be 16th. Woakes has climbed four places to hold the 29th position, after grabbing four wickets in the match.

Among all-rounder, Woakes leapfrogged team-mate Moeen Ali to take the ninth spot.

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