Steve Smith has marked his comeback to Test cricket after a gap of 16 months with stupendous displays of batting in the ongoing Ashes series. Smith’s astounding tally of 378 runs in 3 innings has allowed him to climb up in the rankings and occupy the No.2 slot, right below the number one placed Virat Kohli.
The 30-year-old now trails Kohli by a small margin of 9 points. He lit up the Edgbaston Test with twin centuries helping Australia complete a comprehensive 251-run win to go 1-0 up in the five-match series. He followed it up with 92 in the first innings of the second Test but was forced to withdraw from last day’s play owing to a delayed concussion.
Smith was struck by a nasty Jofra Archer bouncer on the fourth day of the game which hit the side of his neck and head. He might not be in action for the next Test that will commence soon, giving Kohli the chance to consolidate his hold over the No.1 spot.