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25-Aug-2015 07:47:00 GMT
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Smith Reclaimed Top Spot in ICC Rankings

Dubai: Steven Smith has reclaimed the top spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following the conclusion of the Ashes series.

Meanwhile, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has climbed one place to eighth position in the ICC Test Rankings for bowlers after producing a sublime performance in India's emphatic 278-run win over Sri Lanka in the series-levelling Test match in Colombo.

Ashwin's match tally of seven for 118 in Colombo has helped the off-spinner overtake Rangana Herath into eighth place on 769 points, one point behind South Africa's Vernon Philander.

Ajinkya Rahane jumped two places to a career-high 20th in the rankings for batsmen after scoring his fourth Test ton (126) in the second innings.

Smith started the Ashes series at the top of the rankings on 913 points, but had lost his place to England's Joe Root after the Trent Bridge Test. However, after scoring 143 in his side's an innings and 46 runs victory at the The Oval, the 26-year-old has overtaken second-placed AB de Villiers, as well as Root, who has dropped to third following scores of six and 11.

The biggest mover in the bowling rankings, though, was India leg-spinner Amit Mishra whose match haul of seven for 72 has helped him move up 42 places to a career-high 39th.

The deciding third and final Test between Sri Lanka and India starts at Colombo on Friday. If India wins the series 2-1, it will overtake New Zealand and move into fifth place.

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