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Williamson jumps Smith, Kohli to be world’s top Test batter


#Steve #Smith’s reign as the world’s top-ranked #Test batsman is over after #Kane #Williamson claimed the #No.1 spot.

#Smith’s uncharacteristically poor start to the summer has seen him drop to #No.3 in the rankings, having scored just 10 runs at 3.33 in the first two #Vodafone #Tests against #India.

#Aside from during his 12-month ban, it marks the first time #Smith has dropped out of the world’s top two since way back in #November 2015.

#He has been in the top spot since #February, having held it when cricket was shut down by the pandemic.

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#Smith has this week spoken about the challenges of hub life, having lived in cricket’s COVID-safe bubble since #August.

#But his biggest craving remains time in the middle.

#He has faced just 68 balls in the first two #Tests of this summer, after no red or pink-ball cricket since #January.

#Play of the day: #Bumrah beauty bowls #Smith behind his legs

#Smith has been caught around the bat on the leg-side twice in his three dismissals and bowled leg stump on the other occasion, with #Australia confident it’s a tactical and not technical issue.

“#It’s more about the method now,” assistant coach #Andrew #McDonald said.

“#He’s working hard. #He’s clearly hitting the ball well.

“#Technically (both #Smith and #Marnus #Labuschagne) are ready to go.

“#It’s about how they are going to score their runs and how they’re going to combat these tactics from #Indian bowlers and captains.

“There’s a challenge there for #Steve to rebound, the world’s best players usually rebound and I think he’s in a really good space to perform come #Sydney.”

#Ponting urges #Aussie batters to show more intent

#Williamson is the first player outside of #Smith and #Virat #Kohli to have the top spot in the rankings since the #New #Zealander held it briefly in 2015.

#He earned his way there with 129 against #Pakistan after hitting a double-century against the #West #Indies earlier in #December.

#Pat #Cummins remains the world’s top-ranked bowler after holding the position since #August 2019, while #Mitchell #Starc has returned to his career-best mark of fifth and #Josh #Hazlewood is eighth.

#Vodafone #Test #Series v #India 2020-21

#Australia #Test squad: #Tim #Paine (c), #Joe #Burns, #Pat #Cummins, #Cameron #Green, #Marcus #Harris, #Josh #Hazlewood, #Travis #Head, #Moises #Henriques, #Marnus #Labuschagne, #Nathan #Lyon, #Michael #Neser, #James #Pattinson, #Will #Pucovski, #Steve #Smith, #Mitchell #Starc, #Mitchell #Swepson, #Matthew #Wade, #David #Warner

#India #Test squad: #Virat #Kohli (c) (first test only), #Ajinkya #Rahane (vice-captain), #Rohit #Sharma, #Mayank #Agarwal, #Prithvi #Shaw, KL #Rahul, #Cheteshwar #Pujara, #Hanuma #Vihari, #Shubman #Gill, #Wriddhiman #Saha (wk), #Rishabh #Pant (wk) ), #Jasprit #Bumrah, #Mohammed #Shami, #Umesh #Yadav, #Navdeep #Saini, #Kuldeep #Yadav, #Ravindra #Jadeja, #Ravichandran #Ashwin, #Mohammed #Siraj

#First #Test: #Australia won by eight wickets

#Second #Test: #India won by eight wickets

#Third #Test: #January 7-11, SCG, 10.30am AEDT

#Fourth #Test: #January 15-19, #Gabba, 11am AEDT



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https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kane-williamson-overtakes-steve-smith-as-world-no1-test-batsman-india-virat-kohli/2020-12-31

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