Steve Smith’s 2017 Test run only dwarfed by Sir Donald Bradman

first_imgSteve Smith ends 2017 on top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen ahead of the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root.The Australian captain has 947 points, while Kohli has managed a total of 893 in second, followed by Pujara with 873. Kane Williamson and Joe Root both have 855 points. Smith leads the list of most runs in the calendar year of 2017, having finished with 1305 runs in 13 Test matches. He has scored six hundreds and three half-centuries, with a highest of 239 that came in the third Ashes Test against England in Perth.In the fourth Test in Melbourne which ended in a draw, Smith slammed his 23rd hundred (unbeaten 102) and steered his team to safety. The innings gave him two points to solidify his position at the top of the batsman’s rankings and is now 14 points behind Don Bradman in the list of highest Test batting ratings ever.Sir Don Bradman leads the list with 961 points, as Smith climbed into second overtaking legendary English cricketer Len Hutton on 945. Jack Hobbs is in fourth with 942 points along with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.Pujara is second in the ICC rankings and has 1140 runs from 11 games, while Kohli is in fourth with 1059 runs from 10 games. Kohli finished 2017 with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The 29-year-old hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka).Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket. Kohli also became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.advertisementAlastair Cook’s unbeaten double-hundred in the fourth Test helped him finish inside the top 10. His 244 not out catapulted him into 8th position with 759 points.Over in the bowler’s rankings, England’s James Anderson continues to lead the list with 892 points. South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada is in second place with 883 points followed by the the Indian spin doe of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Jadeja is third with 870 points, while Ashwin sits in fourth with 829.last_img

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