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Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon make gains in Test Rankings after Edgbaston exploits

Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon make gains in Test Rankings after Edgbaston exploits

New Delhi, Aug 6: Australia batsman Steve Smith gained one place to reach the third spot in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings while spinner Nathan Lyon and pacer Pat Cummins made big gains after the Edgbaston Test against England.

Smith's match-winning innings of 144 and 142 won him the Man of the Match award and the formerly top-ranked batsman is back above the 900-point mark along with table leader Virat Kohli (922) and Kane Williamson (913), after having started the Test match in fourth place and with 857 points. The 30-year-old cricketer has displaced Cheteshwar Pujara (881) from third spot.

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Lyon's nine wickets in the match have lifted him six spots to 13th position among bowlers while Cummins has consolidated his top position with a seven-wicket match haul that helped him reach a career-best 898 rating points, the third-best for an Australia bowler in the past 50 years after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

For England, Ben Foakes and Chris Woakes are in 69th and 70th positions in the list for batsmen after gaining one and 11 points, respectively. Opener Rory Burns' knock of 133 in the first innings has helped him move up 25 places to a career-best 81st position.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who completed 100 Test wickets against Australia during the match, has gained two places to reach 16th position while Woakes has advanced four places to take the 29th slot after grabbing four wickets in the match. Woakes has also leapfrogged compatriot Moeen Ali to reach ninth among all-rounders.

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Story first published: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 17:08 [IST]
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