ICC Test Rankings: Kohli closes gap with top-ranked Steve Smith

DUBAI: India may have suffered an embarrassing defeat in the series-opener against Australia but its skipper Virat Kohli fractionally closed the gap with top-ranked Test batsman Steve Smith, following his 74-run knock in the first innings in Adelaide.
Kohli gained two points for his half-century to get to 888 while Smith (911) lost 10 points in the table after scoring 1 and 1 in his two innings.
Marnus Labuschagne’s innings of 47 and 6 in the low-scoring match pushed him to a career-best 839 points in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen.
Australia skipper Tim Paine’s player-of-the-match innings of 73 not out has lifted him to a career-best 33rd with 592 points.
His previous best was 45th in December of 2018. Further down, Joe Burns’ unbeaten 51 saw him move into 48th place, the first time he has been in the top 50 since 2016.
Spinner R Ashwin has now become India’s top-ranked bowler after taking four wickets in Australia’s first innings.

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