Banned Australian batsman Steve Smith reclaimed the top spot in the International cricket Council (ICC) Test batting rankings from India’s Virat Kohli yesterday, 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.

Meanwhile, Jamaica Tallawahs are favoured to secure win number two when they oppose St Lucia Stars in the seventh match of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament at Sabina Park today.

The Tallawahs, currently in fourth place on two points, will be in good spirits for this the first of their back-to-back home games, following the heroics of explosive captain Andre Russell, whose spectacular batting and bowling in the first match gave them the perfect start to their campaign.



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