Marnus Labuschagne Replaces Joe Root As No. 1 Test Batter In ICC Rankings

Marnus Labuschagne is one rating point behind his best-ever rating of 936 that he achieved after playing in Pakistan earlier this year.

Marnus Labuschagne Replaces Joe Root As No. 1 Test Batter In ICC Rankings
Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne (Photo: @ICC Twitter)

IN-FORM Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne has claimed the top spot in the ICC Men's Test Batting Rankings replacing England's Joe Root in the latest update issued on Wednesday by the cricket's governing body.

Australia batter was gifted for his prolific form this season. In the first Test against West Indies, he scored 308 runs including a double ton (204) and an unbeaten century (104*) in Perth.

Labuschagne is one rating point behind his best-ever rating of 936 that he achieved after playing in Pakistan earlier this year and has him on the verge of entering inside the top 10 ratings for batters of all time.

Root's fluctuating form in the recent Tests including the series against South Africa and in the ongoing Pakistan tour took away the numero uno status from him.

Labuschagne will get the chance to move past the likes of West Indies great Sir Vivian Richards and former India captain Virat Kohli with a good performance in the second Test in Adelaide this week, while teammate Steve Smith will also be eying off more rating points after he also improved past Root and into second place on the latest rankings for Test batters.

Smith hit a double century of his own against the West Indies during Australia's first innings in Perth and that helped the veteran batter take second place on the rankings with a total of 893 rating points and just ahead of Pakistan captain Babar Azam (879) and Root (876).

Australia captain Pat Cummins maintains his commanding lead at the head of the latest Test bowler rankings, although his gap at the top has been reduced following an impressive performance from a pair of England bowlers during their thrilling first Test triumph over Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

Evergreen pacer James Anderson and fellow quick Ollie Robinson snared five wickets apiece during the epic contest and were duly rewarded with eye-catching moves inside the top 10 on the bowler charts.

Anderson improves two spots to third, while Robinson jumps to a career-high rating of 754 points and rises seven spots in total to eighth overall.

There was also some movement on the latest ODI rankings, with a pair of experienced spinners the biggest beneficiaries from recent performances in 50-over cricket.

Afghanistan ace Rashid Khan jumps four spots to sixth overall following his four wickets in the third and final match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka, while fellow tweaker Shakib Al Hasan improves seven spots to ninth on the back of his five-wicket haul against India in Mirpur.

Kiwi pacer Trent Boult holds on to his place as the No.1 ranked ODI bowler, with fellow New Zealand quick Matt Henry gaining one place to fourth following their recent series against India.

The only change on the latest rankings for ODI batters sees a pair of veteran batters swap places, with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson rising two spots to eighth and Kohli dropping two places to 10th as a result.

Pakistan duo Babar and Imam-ul-Haq remain the leading two players on the ODI rankings for batters, with South Africa pair Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock and Australia's David Warner rounding out the top five.

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