Steve Smith set to lose top Test rank during his suspension period
Virat Kohli and Joe Root have great chance to overcome him in the upcoming series.
Updated - Jul 25, 2018 12:47 pm
The former Australian captain Steve Smith still holds the top spot in the Test rankings for the batsmen with 929 rating points in the latest ICC update. He is currently on a 12-month suspension period along with David Warner for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year. However, Smith is likely to lose his top spot until he comes back next year for his country in the whites.
Virat Kohli is still 26 points behind him and will play five Test matches against England in the next couple of months. Also, Joe Root will be in action during the same period who has 855 rating points to his name. It is likely that both these players will take over Smith in the next few months as his ratings will continue to come down after missing every Test match for Australia.
How will Smith’s ratings change?
According to the rules, the ICC docks one per cent of the players’ rating for every missed Test match. Australia will play as many as 8 matches during Steve Smith’s exile from international cricket and his ratings will drop to 857 until he makes a comeback to the side which will be his lowest since December 2014. Interestingly, despite losing so many points Smith will continue to stay in the top 3 batsmen it seems unless any batsman hits the purple patch in the near future.
David Warner is at the fifth position right now with 820 points to his name and he will come down to 749 points until his suspension ends. Even he is likely to stay in the top 10 and will get a chance to improve on his rankings in case he gets picked in the Test squad.
Both the cricketers have hit the straps recently in the inaugural edition of Global T20 Canada and are likely to be seen in the Carribean Premier League (CPL) as well.