SMITH

Banned Australian batsman Steve Smith reclaimed top spot in the ICC Test batting rankings from India s Virat Kohli on Monday, despite not having played since March.

The 29-year-old was suspended for a year and stripped of the captaincy by Cricket Australia following his part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal against South Africa, but his ranking points have not changed.

India skipper Kohli had taken the number one place after scoring 200 runs in his team s first-Test defeat by England, but slipped back after managing only 40 in the second match of the series at Lord s last week.

Smith is currently playing T20 cricket in the Caribbean Premier League as he prepares for a possible return to the international game next year.

England s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson remains top of the bowlers  rankings after taking nine wickets in their crushing innings victory in London.