ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith builds 34-point lead over Virat Kohli at the top
- Steve Smith finished the Ashes with 774 runs from the 4 matches at an average of 110.57
- Smith's tally saw him become the highest run-scorer in a single Test series in the 21st century
- Pat Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over Kagiso Rabada
Australia batsman Steve Smith and pacer Pat Cummins have maintained their positions at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings after the Ashes, which culminated with a 135-run victory for England on Sunday as the five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw.
Smith's scores of 80 and 23 have helped him remain 34 points ahead of Virat Kohli with 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests.
Smith's tally saw him equal legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 774 runs which he scored in the West Indies (1971) across 4 Tests on debut after sitting out the 1st game of the 5-match series in 1971.
Smith, however, missed breaking the overall record for most runs scored in 4 Tests of a series - currently owned by West Indian great Viv Richards, who made 829 in four Tests for West Indies in England in 1976. Like Smith, Richards had also missed 1 out of 5 matches in that series, albeit due to illness.
Smith also became the highest run-scorer in a single Test series in the 21st century. Incidentally, on his way to 774 runs, Smith went past his own record of scoring 769 runs against India during the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series.
Meanwhile, Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps.
David Warner has lost seven places after the Test to finish in 24th position among batsmen. He slid 19 places during the five matches with a tally of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in fifth position. Josh Hazlewood has dropped from 12th to eighth after briefly making the top-10 among bowlers.
For England, fast bowler Jofra Archer has moved into the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-innings wickets while left-arm seamer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets.