DUBAI – Australian captain Steve Smith maintains his number one position in the ICC Test Batsmen rankings, followed by India’s star batsman Virat Kohli and England’s Joe Root.
Smith, with 937 points, stays at the top while Kohli is on second place in the ICC list with 875 points.
Kohli has come a long way since then and is a far more complete batsman today than he was earlier. His exploits in Australia, his becoming a disciplined icon, whose focus and training would today be the envy of the best international athletes, are well known.
England played 17 Test matches in the calendar year – far more than any other team.
Joe Root leads the way with 1477 runs to his name at an average of a touch under 50.
Pakistan’s opening batsman Azhar Ali, who shined during the Pakistan-Australia series in Melbourne with his double-ton, also made it to the list of Top Ten Test batsmen with 787 points.
The 31-year-old has become the first Pakistani to score a double century against Australia. He is at sixth spot in the ICC list.
Another Pakistan’s middle order batsman Asad Shafiq secured 21st position with 758 points. He scored an unbeaten century against Australia in last Test series.
Australia won the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan at the MCG by an innings and 18 runs.
As a team, India (having played 35 matches) lead the table with 4208 points and 120 ratings. Australia comes at second with 4189 points and 105 ratings, and have played 40 matches.
Pakistan dropped to third position with 3274 points and 102 ratings, after playing 32 matches in the whole year.
Pakistan rose to No. 1 in the ICC’s Test rankings for the first time earlier this year. They took the top position from India, following India’s washed out Test against West Indies in Trinidad.
Pakistan had moved to No. 2 on the table in August, after drawing the Test series in England 2-2 and after Australia were whitewashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka. At the same time, India had moved to No. 1 after beating West Indies in the St Lucia Test to go 2-0 up in their four-match series; they needed to win the final Test, in Trinidad, to hold on to No. 1, but the match was drawn after weather and outfield issues forced play to be abandoned over four days.