The Ashes: Marnus Labuschagne leapfrogs Joe Root to go top of ICC Test batting rankings | Cricket News

Joe Root was replaced as the world’s number 1 hitter in the ICC rankings by Australian Marnus Labuschagne; the Australian No. 3 marked a century and a half in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide to overtake the England captain

Last updated: 22/12/21 10:46

Marnus Labuschagne is the new number 1 test hitter in the world

Australian runner Marnus Labuschagne has replaced England captain Joe Root to claim the spot as the world’s number 1 hitter after a string of great scores in the ongoing Ashes series.

South Africa-born Labuschagne marked his sixth century of testing and followed that with a 51 in the second test in Adelaide to help Australia take the 2-0 lead in their five-game series against their historic rivals.

Root managed to score half a century in each of the first two trials and dropped to second on the list of trial hitters.

Having narrowly lost to New Zealand for a spot in this year’s inaugural World Test Championship final, Labuschagne said Australia’s eyes aren’t just trained to win the Ashes.

Joe Root slipped to No.  2 in the ICC rankings despite half a century in each of the first two Ashes Tests

Joe Root slipped to No. 2 in the ICC rankings despite half a century in each of the first two Ashes Tests

“Regardless of whether we win the next one, our goal is to win every single test match this summer,” he told reporters. “For us, this is what the Test Championship has brought about.

“Not just to win this series, you’re also playing for something bigger than that.”

Labuschagne’s first four tests for Australia came when the team was without the disqualified duo of David Warner and Steve Smith.

After making his debut three years ago against Pakistan, Labuschagne lost his spot on the squad and only returned as a concussion substitute for Smith in England’s 2019 Ashes series.

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The 27-year-old, who started the current series in fourth place, scored 74 in the hosts’ initial win in Brisbane and his average of 62.14 is second only to Don Bradman’s legendary score of 99.94 among those who they have beaten in 20 innings or more.

In Twenty20’s international hitter rankings, Pakistan captain Babar Azam regained top spot on the list just a week after defeat.

Babar is currently tied at the top of the rankings with Englishman Dawid Malan.


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