AB de Villers returns to top 10, Smith remains at the top: ICC Ranking


South Africa’s AB de Villiers has returned to the top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for batsmen after his stunning match-shaping hundred in the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth. Aussies skipper Steve Smith retains top spot and the rest of the leading six is unchanged while de Villiers jumps five places from 12th to seventh. His team-mate Hashim Amla climbs one place to ninth with Pakistan’s Azhar Ali dropping one spot to eighth and England opener Alastair Cook dropping two places to tenth. New Zealand’s Ross Taylor drops out of the top 10 from ninth to 11th position. Steve Smith has retained the top spot among Test batsmen Steve Smith has retained the top spot among Test batsmen

Proteas former skipper De Villiers makes an impact 126 not out in the second innings of South Africa’s six-wicket victory that levelled the four-match series at 1-1 with two Tests still to play. It was de Villiers’ first Test hundred since January 2015 and the fifth time he has passed 50 since he returned to Test match cricket in December last year. De Villiers, 34, spent almost two years out of the five-day game, missing 18 Tests for South Africa. He marked his return to red-ball cricket with 53 against Zimbabwe in the Boxing Day Test also at Port Elizabeth.

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