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Smith displaces Kohli to reclaim No.1 Test ranking
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Smith displaces Kohli to reclaim No.1 Test ranking

Steve Smith has climbed back to the top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen despite missing the Headingley Test as Indian skipper Virat Kohli slipped to No.2 following a first-ball duck in the second innings of the game at Jamaica.

Kohli had to head back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers on Sunday after falling victim to a peach of a delivery from the West Indies' Kemar Roach.

His scores of 76 and 0 in India's commanding 257-run win over the hosts saw him lose rating points due to which he now trails Smith's tally of 904 by a single point.

On the other hand, India have consolidated their number one position in the World Test Championship table and are simultaneously four points clear of second-placed New Zealand in the Men's Test Team Rankings.

Smith earlier firmly established his reign at the No.1 spot from December 2015 to August 2018 before losing it to Kohli while he was out of the cricket action owing to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.

Since the expiry of his one-year ban, Smith registered scores of 144, 142 and 92 in the ongoing Ashes series but a concussion injury ruled him out of the third game in Leeds.

The Australian No.4, who currently averages 63.2 in the longest format, now has a chance to extend his lead at the top with Kohli's next Test assignment scheduled next month against South Africa at home.

Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah and Jason Holder have made impressive strides in the Test rankings for bowlers with both pacers breaking into the top five.

Bumrah moved to the number three slot following his six-wicket haul in the first innings which also featured his maiden Test hat-trick while Holder's match figures of 6-97 lifted him to the No.4 position.

Roach managed to stay in the top ten though he experienced a demotion of one spot to number nine.

Ajinkya Rahane rose four places to No.7 in the batting charts after two fifties and a century across four innings in the two-Test series.