Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson to second spot in ICC Test rankings; Kohli still at number one

Steve Smith is now only nine points away from number one ranked Virat Kohli in the ICC Test rankings
Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson to second spot in ICC Test rankings; Kohli still at number oneSteve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson to second spot in ICC Test rankings; Kohli still at number one
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Australia's Steven Smith moved from third to second spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after his third consecutive 90+ score in the second Ashes Test that was played at Lord's. He overtook Kane Williamson, who is now at number three. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is still the number one ranked batsman. 

The Aussie scored a brave 92 at Lord's, which followed his knocks of 144 and 142 in the first Test against England. He is now only nine points adrift of Kohli, and will look to overtake the Indian star after a good showing in the third Test at Leeds that begins from Thursday. However, he is a doubtful starter for the game, as he suffered a concussion on Day 4 of the last game and was ruled out of the fifth day's play. 

In the bowler's list, Pat Cummins has strengthened his hold as the number one bowler with career-best ranking points. Many Australians improved their Test rankings too after the second Ashes game, with Travis Head climbing two spots to 18 and Marnus Labuschagne, who was called in as a replacemnt for Smith to become the first concussion substitute used in cricket, jumped to 82. 

Their English rivals Ben Stokes went six spots up to 26, Jonny Bairstow was up to 30 and Rory Burns jumped 17 places to 6. 

Jofra Archer, who finished with match figures of 5 for 91 in his debut game, broke through the rankings to be at 83, while Jack Leach from England climbed eight places to end at 40 in the bolwer's ranking. The latter now has 24 wickets in six games at an average of 24.16.

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