Virat Kohli remains 2nd in ICC Test rankings, Alastair Cook grabs 8th spot after double-ton

Cook's double-century against Australia in the ongoing Ashes helped him finish the year inside the top 10 batsmen in Test rankings. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Undetermined Dec 31, 2017, 10.55 AM (IST)

With 2017 coming to end, Indian skipper Virat Kohli remained at the second position as per the latest ICC Test rankings released today following the conclusion of the Melbourne and Port Elizabeth Tests.

Australian skipper Steve Smith continues to be at the top of the table.

However, former captain of the England Test and One Day International teams Alastair Cook jumped nine places up to grab the eight spot.   

A splendid double-century by Cook against Australia in the ongoing Ashes helped him finish the year inside the top 10 batsmen in Test rankings.

The 33-year-old scored unbeaten 244 to break the 45-year old record. Cook's score is the highest by any opener to have carried his bat through an innings surpassing New Zealand opener Glenn Turner's 223 not out against the West Indies in 1972. 

Cook had begun the year in 15th position, while he had entered the Ashes in 10th position.

Meanwhile, Steve Smith's contributions of 76 and 102 not out has further strengthened his position.

England captain Joe Root improved his ranking, as he moved up one place to join his opposite number from New Zealand, Kane Williamson, in fourth place. 

Root and Williamson had started 2017 in third and fourth positions, respectively.

In the bowlers' rankings, there is no change in the top nine with 
the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Rangana Herath had started 2017 in the top three positions, and have finished at third, fourth and sixth places, respectively.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood started and finished at the fifth spot.