Root moves up rankings, Smith off top spot

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England batsman Joe Root and has moved into the top five of the Test batting rankings for the first time while Australia's Steve Smith has conceded top spot to South Africa's AB de Villiers.

Root scored a century and a fifty in the first Ashes Test n Cardiff as England beat Australia inside four days, while Smith scored 33 in both innings in the same match.

The 24 year-old Root, who has been in a rich vein of form for the last year, is only seven ranking points behind South Africa's Hashim Amla who is in third place.

Meanwhile England paceman Stuart Broad finds himself in the top five of the bowling rankings for the first time in his career afer picking up five wickets in the Cardiff match.

South Afica's Dale Steyn is still the clear front-runner followed by Broad's new-ball partner  James Anderson with Broad himself at a ranking-best third place.

The top five is completed by legspinner Yasir Shah, who had prolific recent Test series against Sri Lanka, and New Zealand's Trent Boult.

 

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