Marnus Labuschagne becomes No. 1 Test batter, Babar Azam returns to top in T20Is

Dubai,22/12: England captain Joe Root has suffered a double blow. First, he lost the second consecutive Test of the Ashes series in Adelaide and now his number-1 chair has also been snatched in the latest ICC Test Ranking of Batsmen. In his place, Marnus Labuschagne, who batted with a bang in the Ashes series, has become the number-1 batsman in Tests. Labuschagne has become the number-1 batsman in Tests for the first time with a career-best rating point of 912. He has pushed Joe Root (897) to second place.

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Before the Ashes series, fourth in the Test rankings, Labuschagne, who was ranked fourth in Australia’s victory in the Brisbane Test, had climbed two places to second place after playing a crucial innings of 74 runs. In the second Test at Adelaide, he scored a century (103 and 51) and half-centuries. It was the sixth century of his career and the first century in the Ashes. Thanks to his innings, Australia defeated England by 275 runs in the second Test to take a 2-0 lead in the series.




Indian captain Virat Kohli has suffered the loss of being dismissed for 0 in the first innings of the Mumbai Test against New Zealand. He has slipped one place to the seventh position in the latest Test rankings. He has 756 rating points in his account. At the same time, Rohit Sharma remains in the top-5. He has 797 points in his account. Apart from these two, no Indian batsman is in the top-10.

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There hasn’t been much change in the bowlers’ rankings. Pat Cummins of Australia is still the number-1 bowler in Tests. He recently took 7 wickets in his first Test as captain. However, after this, after coming in contact with the corona infected person, he could not play the second Test in Adelaide. Indian off-spinner R Ashwin is in second place. Ashwin had bowled brilliantly in the recent two-Test series against New Zealand. Ashwin took 14 wickets in 2 Tests. He is also the highest wicket-taker in Tests this year.


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