Saturday 16 December 2017 / 11:45 PM

SMITH & HAZLEWOOD ROCKET UP ICC RANKINGS

The ICC’s latest Test batting and bowling rankings are out, and Australian stars Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood are among the big winners.

Aussie captain Smith, whose stellar series against Pakistan lifted his career average above 60 after 50 Test appearances, is the world’s No.1-ranked batsman, ahead of Indian counterpart Virat Kohli.

Prolific duo Kane Williamson (NZ) and Joe Root (Eng) took out the next two spots, while the in-form David Warner rounds out the top five.

India’s spin wizards Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja are the top-ranked bowlers, but Hazlewood is Test cricket’s new pace king in third spot, capping a brilliant summer for the 26-year-old.

Hazlewood landed ahead of South African trio Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander, and veteran England pair James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Meanwhile, despite an under-par summer from a wicket-taking perspective, Hazlewood’s fast-bowling partner Mitchell Starc has hung onto a spot in the top 10.

TOP 10 TEST BATTING RANKINGS

Steve Smith (Australia) – 933
Virat Kohli (India) — 875
Joe Root (England) — 848
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) — 817
David Warner (Australia) — 812
Azhar Ali (Pakistan) — 779
Younis Khan (Pakistan) — 772
Quinton de Kock (South Africa) — 769
AB de Villiers — South Africa) — 762
Hashim Amla — South Africa) — 749

TOP 10 TEST BOWLING RANKINGS

Ravichandran Ashwin (India) — 887
Ravindra Jadeja (India) — 879
Josh Hazlewood (Australia) — 860
Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) — 848
Dale Steyn (South Africa) — 827
James Anderson (England) — 810
Stuart Broad (England) — 803
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) — 796
Vernon Philander (South Africa) — 782
Mitchell Starc (Australia) — 770

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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