Australian cricket captain Steven Smith and England’s Joe Root have both regained pole position in the latest Test batting rankings.
With the conclusion of series against New Zealand and Pakistan respectively, the young pair have moved to 886 ratings points, pushing veteran South African AB de De Villiers back to third spot on 877 points.
The South African middle-order batsman has had a rough week, with scores of 0 and 9 in his team’s 124-run defeat to India in Nagpur. It sealed the Proteas’ first away series defeat in nine years; a remarkable run which has kept them at the top of the Test team rankings for most of that time.
South Africa hold on to the team top spot, ahead of Australia in second and Pakistan at third.
De Villiers could claim the batting mantle back this week though, with a strong showing in the third Test.
Fellow South African Dale Steyn remains high and mighty atop the Test bowling fraternity as number one ranked, ahead of India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed 12 wickets against SA last week, and Pakistan’s Yasir Shah.
The highest ranked Australian bowler is currently Josh Hazlewood at number 10.
IMAGE: Australia’s Steve Smith in full flight. (Getty Images)