Australia captain Steve Smith and India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have finished a year as a No. 1-ranked batsman and bowler, respectively, in a International Cricket Council Test actor rankings.
Smith, who final week was named ICC cricketer and Test actor of a year, entered a Melbourne Test opposite a West Indies in fourth position.
But after scoring 134 not out and an dominant 70 in Australia’s 177-run win over a West Indies, Smith changed forward of Kane Williamson of New Zealand, England’s Joe Root and A.B. de Villiers of South Africa.
The ICC pronounced Thursday that Ashwin, who started a year ranked 15th, claimed a No. 1 bowling mark for a initial time in his career, holding a 2015-best 62 wickets in 9 Tests, including 7 five-wicket hauls.