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Steven Smith becomes second youngest player to top batting charts

Gains for India batsmen despite draw; Sri Lanka and Pakistan eye Test rankings boost

Steven Smith becomes second youngest player to top batting charts - Cricket News
Australia’s Steven Smith has become the second youngest batsman after Sachin Tendulkar of India to achieve the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after stellar batting displays in the Kingston Test, which Australia won by 277 runs to win the series 2-0. 

Despite missing out on what would have been his first double century in his 28th Test, Smith has leapfrogged Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa duo of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla following scores of 199 and 54 not out in the latest rankings, which were released on Monday morning. However, Sangakkara will have a chance to reclaim his number-one ranking when he features in the series against Pakistan, which starts in Galle on Wednesday.

It has been a meteoric rise for Smith who, at 26 years and 12 days, is only a few months short of Tendulkar, who had topped the batting chart for the first time in 1999 at the age of 25 years and 279 days.
 
In achieving the landmark, Smith has also become the 23rd Australia batsman to date to top the batting table, with the last being captain Michael Clarke in January 2013. Steve Waugh spent 94 Tests as number-one – more than any other Australia batsman – while Don Bradman spent a record 6,320 days as the top-ranked batsman – more than anyone else in the history of the game.
 
Smith has gained 49 points from his efforts in Jamaica, which means he has also broken the 900-point barrier for the first time in his career. This makes him the 29th batsman to date and eighth Australia batsman after Bradman (961), Ricky Ponting (942), Matthew Hayden (935), Doug Walters (922), Neil Harvey (921), Mike Hussey (921) and Michael Clarke (900) to achieve the rare distinction, which in ranking terms means truly outstanding. He now sits on 913 points, which has given him 24th spot on the list of best Test ratings ever.
 
Last year in December, Smith had entered the four-Test series against India in 13th position on 730 points. This means he has earned 183 points and 12 places in six Tests, thanks to his aggregate of 1,052 runs at an average of 131.50, including six centuries and three half centuries.

Meanwhile, Clarke has moved up one place to 14th in the latest batting table, while Adam Voges has moved up five places to 60th. For the West Indies, Jason Holder has continued his fine run of recent form with the bat and his 82 not out in the first innings has helped him launch 21 places to a career-high 67th.
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have also achieved career-best rankings to date.
 
Starc has moved up four places to 21st after match figures of four for 84, while Hazlewood has also gained four places following match figures of seven for 56 and is now in 27th spot.
 
For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor’s match figures of six for 71 have elevated him 13 places to 22nd
In the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, Australia has retained its second position on 111 points, 19 points behind leader South Africa and 14 ahead of fifth-placed England.
 
Bangladesh v India
 
India may have slipped to fourth in the Test table following a drawn Test in Fatullah, its openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have achieved career-best rankings to date. Vijay has moved up three places to 20th, while Dhawan has vaulted 15 places to 45th. Ajinkya Rahane is the other notable mover and despite missing out on a century, he has moved up four places to a career-high 22nd to date.
 
In the bowlers’ chart, Ravichandran Ashwin’s and Shakib Al Hasan have gained one place each and are now 12th and 16th, respectively.
 
Sri Lanka v Pakistan
 
Meanwhile, shuffling of the pack is on the cards as Sri Lanka and Pakistan go head to head in a three-Test series in Galleon Wednesday.
 
In a tightly-packed middle of the Reliance ICC Test Championship, Pakistan trails third-ranked New Zealand by two points and is in sixth place (marginally below India and England), while Sri Lanka is one point behind in seventh position.
 
If Pakistan wins all the three Tests, then it would vault into third place on 105 points, while a 2-1 win would also see Misbah-ul-Haq’s side move into third place on 101 points.
 
In contrast, Sri Lanka can also gain as many as eight points and move into third position on 104 points if it sweeps the series. Angelo Mathews’ side will rise to third on 100 points if it wins 2-1.
 
The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings predictor function is available hereThe Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.
 
Forthcoming Tests:

Sri Lanka v Pakistan
17-21 June – 1st Test, Galle
25-29 June – 2nd Test, Colombo
3-7 July – 3rd Test, Kandy
Reliance ICC Test Championship table (as on 15 June, after West Indies-Australia series and one-off Bangladesh-India Test, and before the Sri Lanka-Pakistan series)
 
Rank   Team              Points
1          South Africa   130
2          Australia         111
3          New Zealand   99
4          India                97
5          England           97
6          Pakistan          97
7          Sri Lanka        96
8          West Indies     81
9          Bangladesh     41
10        Zimbabwe       5
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 15 June, after West Indies-Australia series and one-off Bangladesh-India Test, and before the Sri Lanka-Pakistan series)
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1          (+3)       Steven Smith       Aus        913!      56.23    913 v WI at Jamaica 2015
   2          (-1)        K. Sangakkara     SL          909       58.66    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   3          (-1)        AB de Villiers     SA          908       52.09    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   4          (-1)        Hashim Amla      SA          891       52.78    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   5          ( - )         Angelo Mathews SL          841       51.50    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014
   6          ( - )         Younus Khan      Pak         836       53.75    880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   7          ( - )         Joe Root               Eng        815       54.11    872 v NZ at Lord's 2015
   8          ( - )         K. Williamson     NZ          813       45.70    860 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   9          (+2)       Misbah-ul-Haq   Pak         770       49.18    842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
  10         (-1)        David Warner     Aus        757       46.82    880 v Ind at Adelaide 2014
Selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  11         (-1)        Virat Kohli          Ind         755       45.73    784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  13         ( - )         Azhar Ali             Pak         727       44.23    753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
  14         (+1)       Michael Clarke   Aus        726       50.66    900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  19         ( - )         Asad Shafiq         Pak         696!      41.92    696 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  20         (+3)       Murali Vijay       Ind         689!      41.75    689 v Ban at Fatullah 2015
  21         (-1)        Sarfraz Ahmed    Pak         673*!    47.65    673 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  22         (+4)       Ajinkya Rahane  Ind         666*!    47.00    666 v Ban at Fatullah 2015
  24         (-2)        Mominul Haque Ban        653*     58.75    661 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
  27         ( - )         Tamim Iqbal        Ban        627       39.67    707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
  29         (-1)        Shakib Al Hasan Ban        615       39.72    629 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
  31         (-1)        Darren Bravo      WI          591       41.22    709 v Aus at Trinidad 2012
  33         ( - )         M. Hafeez            Pak         579       39.34    609 v Ban at Khulna 2015
  38         (+5)       J. Blackwood      WI          540*     41.26    575 v Eng at Barbados 2015
  40         ( - )         Ahmed Shehzad Pak         532*     47.86    554 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014
  41         ( - )         Kaushal Silva      SL          531*     34.86    541 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  42         ( - )         Shane Watson     Aus        525       35.40    729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  44         (-8)        K. Brathwaite      WI          520       33.85    591 v Eng at Grenada 2015
  45         (+15)     Shikhar Dhawan Ind         519*!    41.50    519 v Ban at Fatullah 2015
  48         (-3)        M.Rahim              Ban        501       31.96    604 v Zim at Mirpur 2014
  49         (-1)        D. Chandimal      SL          497*     44.08    571 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts          Ave        HS Rating
   1          ( - )         Dale Steyn           SA          905       22.55    909 v WI at Centurion 2014
   2          ( - )         James Anderson Eng        824       29.42    847 v WI at Barbados 2015
   3          (+1)       Trent Boult          NZ          814       27.12    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   4          (-1)        Ryan Harris         Aus        810       23.52    870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   5          (+1)       Rangana Herath  SL          807       29.57    851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   6          (-1)        M. Johnson          Aus        803       27.58    849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   7          ( - )         Stuart Broad        Eng        782       29.77    783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   8          ( - )         V. Philander        SA          780       21.95    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   9          ( - )         Morne Morkel    SA          727       29.35    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  10         ( - )         Tim Southee        NZ          713       31.63    799 v WI at Jamaica 2014
Selected rankings
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
 12         (+1)       R. Ashwin            Ind         686       30.20    808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
  13         (-1)        Kemar Roach      WI          669       27.83    774 v SA at Centurion 2014
  15         ( - )         Junaid Khan        Pak         623*     29.61    652 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
  16         (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan Ban        619       33.08    700 v Zim at Khulna 2014
  18         ( - )         Nathan Lyon       Aus        595       34.73    648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
  19         ( - )         Ishant Sharma     Ind         567       37.43    671 v WI at Dominica 2011
  20         ( - )         Yasir Shah           Pak         559*!    28.37    559 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  21         (+4)       Mitchell Starc     Aus        545*!    32.20    545 v WI at Jamaica 2015
  22         (+13)     Jerome Taylor     WI          530*     33.45    717 v Eng at Jamaica 2009
  27         (+4)       Josh Hazlewood Aus        506*!    19.08    506 v WI at Jamaica 2015
  28         (-2)        Dilruwan Perera SL          501*     30.08    531 v Pak at Galle 2014
  33         (RE)       Harbhajan Singh Ind         454       32.32    765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
  35         (-2)        M. Hafeez            Pak         422*!    33.87    422 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  36         (-2)        Zulfiqar Babar    Pak         418*     37.55    501 v NZ at Dubai 2014
  37         (+1)       Shane Watson     Aus        413*     33.05    633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
  43         (-6)        Taijul Islam         Ban        381*     33.17    446 v Pak at Khulna 2015
  46         (-2)        Umesh Yadav     Ind         367*     38.06    412 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating
  1           ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan Ban       381       419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2          ( - )         V. Philander        SA         341*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   3          ( - )         R. Ashwin            Ind        336*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   4          ( - )         M. Johnson          Aus       283       384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5          ( - )         Stuart Broad        Eng       267       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.
!indicates career-highest rating
 
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