Joe Root has replaced Marnus Labuschagne as the new No.1 ranked Test batsman in the latest ICC Men’s Test rankings. His 30th Test century and a second-innings 46 in the first Ashes Test helped him to become the world’s No. 1 Test batter. Root (887) is the new No. 1 men’s Test batter, while Labuschagne (877) has slipped to third position. Experienced New Zealand batter Kane Williamson (883) has moved up two places to second.
Along with Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Travis Head too lost their place. Travis Head (873) moved down one position to fourth place, while Steve Smith (861) dropped four places to sixth. But, Australian opener Usman Khawaja (836), who was the Player of the Match at Edgbaston for his knocks of 141 and 65, has moved up to a career-best Test ranking of seventh. Babar Azam of Pakistan completes the fifth spot.
Former India captain Virat Kohli continued his downward slide in the ICC Test ranking. Kohli slipped to 14th position – down one more place from last week with just 700 ranking points. Labuschagne held the top spot for just over six months. Rishabh Pant is the only Indian batter in the top 10 position in the ICC Test ranking, currently in 10th place. Indian Test skipper Rohit Sharma remained in the 12th position with 729 points.
Ravichandran Ashwin retains top spot among bowlers in ICC Test rankings
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (860) is still at the top position in the latest Test rankings. He is followed by England’s James Anderson (829), who managed a solitary wicket at Edgbaston. South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada (825) moved up one place to third. Meanwhile, Australia captain Pat Cummins (824), who claimed four wickets in the first Ashes 2023 Test against England, is in fourth place.
England pacer Ollie Robinson (802) occupies fifth position; veteran Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon (799) is sixth after following his match haul of eight wickets, while experienced English paceman Stuart Broad (765) is also in the top ten.
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