Ashwin Becomes No. 2 in Tests

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India’s off-spinner R Ashwin gained a place to be second in the latest ICC Rankings.

He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa, who leads the Rankings for Test Bowlers with 878 points.

Ashwin also contributed with a useful innings of 40 to consolidate his position at the top of the list of all-rounders.

Ashwin has reached a career-best rating of 450, opening up a 66-point gap with second-placed Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

New Zealand captain Williamson has similarly edged England’s Joe Root by one point with innings of 75 and 25 in Kolkata to reach 879 points in the Rankings for Test Batsmen, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points.

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