Steve Smith is officially the best Test batsman in the world again, taking over the top spot from India captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli’s golden duck in India’s second innings against the West Indies in Jamaica this week has seen him slip to 903 ranking points, one point behind Smith.
The Australian had been the No.1 Test batsman from December 2015 to August 2018 but lost the title to Kohli while he was on the sidelines serving his 12-month suspension from international cricket.
Smith surged back to No.2 following his return to Test cricket in the Ashes series a month ago and has put together scores of 144, 142 and 92 in three innings.
He missed the third Test at Headingley as he recovered from a concussion he sustained following a blow to the neck by England paceman Jofra Archer, but will play in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, starting tomorrow, having returned to full fitness.
You gotta give it to him, being outta game for over a year and then coming back that too against ENGLAND in ASHES with all those boos and pressure to perform like this is phenomenal.
Here’s how the Twitterati reacted to the third day’s action.
— N (@yourstruly49_) September 3, 2019
Steve Smith regain as No.1 Test Ranking
— Mohamed Akram (@jaak049) September 3, 2019
Twitter trolling Virat Kohli as he jumped to 2nd position in Test Ranking. Now, Virat Kohli’s reaction after Steve Smith becomes No.1 Test Batsman!
— Steven Smith fan (@thevipersden) September 3, 2019