Steve Smith has been rewarded for his sensational return to Test cricket with an instant rise in the ICC rankings for batsmen. Smith scored twin centuries in the opening Test of the Ashes series, and led his team to a domineering 251-run win over the traditional rivals England.
Smith’s splendid contributions of 144 and 142 have now earned him a 46 rating points jump to his tally and he has risen from number four to number three in the rankings. Smith’s immense caliber can be assessed by the fact his batting heroics came after 16 months since he last played a Test match.
Moreover, the dependable batsman showed no signs of rustiness as he ransacked the England bowling attack with his sublime strokeplay. Smith was banned for 12 months alongside David Warner for their roles in the ball-tampering controversy last year in Cape Town.