It was assumed that Joe Root would not have to wait long. The wait is finally over. Root climbed to the top of the ICC Test batsmen’s rankings, overtaking Marnash Labushan. The England batsman regained the top spot after August last year. After about six months, Labushen of Australia had to go down in two.
The time is going on like a dream route. He has already scored four centuries this year, becoming only the second England batsman to cross the 10,000-run mark in a Test career. He scored a century in both the Tests in the series against New Zealand. Johnny Bairstore’s stormy innings gave England an incredible victory at Trent Bridge yesterday, with Root playing an 18-run innings in the first innings.
Root, which is number one in the Test batsmen’s rankings, now has 696 rating points. His rating difference with Labushen is 5 points.
Route to the top over Labushen
However, a fierce battle can be seen between the two in front. Australia have a two-Test series against Sri Lanka later this month. As a result, Labushen will have a chance to overtake the route. Route will also pass the busy time ahead. England will play a Test against India after the third Test of the series against New Zealand at Headingley, followed by their series against South Africa
There is no change in the top two in the bowlers’ rankings. At the top is Pat Cummins, at number two is Ravichandran Ashwin. However, New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson, who was at number three in the previous rankings, has slipped three steps down. He was unable to bowl in the second innings at Trent Bridge due to injury. After that he dropped out of the series. India’s Yashpreet Bumra (third), Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi (fourth) and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (fifth) are one step ahead of Jamieson. Experienced Kiwi pacers Trent Bolt and Tim Southee have changed their position on the day Jamieson went down. Bolt is four steps ahead at 9, while Saudi is 13 steps behind.
There has been no change in the top five of the Test all-rounders’ rankings. India’s Rabindra Jadeja is still at the top.
With the exception of the first two places, the top ten of the Test batsmen’s rankings have not changed. Steve Smith of Australia is in the three as before. Then Pakistan captain Babar Azam and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the top five.
After the Trent Bridge Test, however, things changed. Daryl Mitchell, who had a great series, played an unbeaten innings of 190 and 79 in the second Test. With this performance, the New Zealand batsman has risen 33 steps to 18th position.