Australia v New Zealand Tests
Hazlewood soars, Smith back to No.1
Test paceman leaps into the top 10 Test bowlers in the world while the Aussie skipper reclaims his throne
30 November 2015, 06:35 PM AEST
Steve Smith has returned to the top of the Test batting rankings while Josh Hazlewood's man-of-the-match performance in the historic day-night Test match has catapulted the speedster into the top 10 Test bowlers in the world.
The International Cricket Council released the updated Test player rankings today which revealed Smith had regained the No.1 mantle he lost to AB de Villiers last week, but this time the Australia captain shares it with England's Joe Root, with both batsmen on 886 rating points.
Despite falling seven rating points after 53 and 14 in Adelaide, Smith wears the crown with Root after de Villiers' poor return of 0 and 9 in South Africa's thumping loss to India in Nagpur saw the Proteas skipper lose 22 points and sit nine points behind the young pair.
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Hazlewood is now Australia's highest-ranked bowler in 10th place, ahead of injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc, whose three wickets in the first innings in Adelaide moved him up two spots to a career-high 12th.
Hazlewood was a standout for Australia with the pink ball under lights, taking nine wickets for the match including a personal best of 6-70 in the second innings, zooming up 10 positions to enter the top 10 for the first time of his young, yet prolific career.
Hailing from the country NSW town of Bendemeer, Hazlewood claimed his 50th Test wicket in his 12th Test, reaching the milestone faster than Australian legends Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson.
"He bowled like a genius and obviously he has been building up through the series and that was obviously his best performance," Starc said of his NSW and new-ball partner today.
"He definitely showed us what he can do and he’s at the top of his game.
"He’s doing a great job and I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more wickets this summer from him."
Nathan Lyon (17th) and Peter Siddle (18th) round out the Adelaide quartet, making Australia the only nation to possess four bowlers inside the top 20 Test bowlers.
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