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Joe Root’s unbelievable form propels him to the pinnacle, replaces Marnus as No 1 in Test batter rankings

The former English captain has been in impressive form as of late.

Joe Root-Marnus Labuschagne
Joe Root-Marnus Labuschagne (Image Source: Twitter)

Joe Root, the English batter is currently in the form of his life. With two centuries in the ongoing Test series against New Zealand, the right-hand batter has broken a string of records in the past few weeks. The Yorkshire-born batter has achieved another milestone after the culmination of the recently concluded second Test of the England-New Zealand series.

Marnus Labushagne has given way to Joe Root at the pinnacle of World Test Batter’s rankings after the latter’s exploits in the ongoing Test series. The former England captain now has a rating point of 897, which propelled him above the Australian batter to the number one spot. The Aussie batter has a rating point of 892 and has now slid down to number two.

Another Australian player, Steve Smith occupies the third spot with 845 rating points followed by the in-form Pakistan captain Babar Azam (815) in fourth. Kiwi captain Kane Williamson with 798 points completes the top five of Test batter’s rankings. The Indian batters meanwhile continue to slide down into the rankings with Rohit Sharma (754) at eighth and Virat Kohli (742) at tenth.

Coming back to Joe Root, the mercurial batter earlier became the joint-fastest to reach 10,000 runs. The batter also became only the 14th player to cross the coveted milestone. His continued exploits have gotten him past the Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar and Pakistan batter Younish Khan to now the 12th highest run-getter of all time in Test.

All of these records and achievements have come with the help of two back-to-back centuries in the ongoing Test series against New Zealand at home. Having played two so far, the number one batter scored 115* in the first Test and a massive 176 in the second. England have won both of their Tests and with that the three-match Test series with just one more to go. Both teams play the last of their Test series at Headingley starting on June 23.

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