Joe Root and Marnus Labuschagne Make Striking Gains In ICC Test Rankings
By CricShots - Jul 26, 2023 4:03 pm
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In the latest ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne and England’s Joe Root have made impressive comebacks, rising three places each. Labuschagne secured the second position, while Root settled in third. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s star batsman Kane Williamson continues to dominate the rankings, maintaining his top spot with 883 rating points.

Joe Root
Joe Root

Labuschagne’s outstanding performances in the drawn fourth Test in Manchester played a significant role in his rise. His contributions of 51 and a splendid century (111) earned him a total of 869 rating points. On the other hand, Joe Root’s brilliant knock of 84 helped him climb to 852 points in the rankings.

The fourth Ashes Test’s Player of the Match, Zak Crawley, experienced a substantial surge, jumping 13 places to secure the 35th position, thanks to his sensational innings of 189. Other England players also benefited from their outstanding performance in the Test match, with Harry Brook rising to 11th position and Jonny Bairstow advancing three places to joint-19th after his unbeaten 99.

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These remarkable performances by England players enabled the team to post an impressive total of 592 in their only innings. In the bowling rankings, there were notable changes as well. Ravindra Jadeja moved up to the sixth position, showcasing his proficiency as a bowler.

Sri Lankan bowler Prabath Jayasuriya’s exceptional seven-wicket haul in Galle propelled him seven places up to reach a career-best seventh position. Ramesh Mendis, Jayasuriya’s spin partner, also experienced a slight rise, moving up one place to 21st after taking six wickets in the match.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne always bats with his gum

Players from India, Pakistan, and West Indies also showed remarkable progress in the rankings. India captain Rohit Sharma inched up to the ninth spot after his solid performance in the second Test against West Indies.

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Saud Shakeel’s outstanding Player of the Match effort of 208 and 30 not out in Pakistan’s win over Sri Lanka in Galle lifted him 12 places to 15th. Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva also progressed, reaching 24th position with his impressive scores of 122 and 82. These performances add more excitement and competition to the upcoming Test matches as players strive to improve their rankings and excel on the field.