Root loses his place as the world's No 1 test batsman to Labuschagne

England captain Joe Root LOSES his place as the world’s No 1 test batsman to Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne ahead of must-win Boxing Day clash… with tourists 2-0 down in the Ashes with three matches to play

  • Marnus Labuschagne hit his sixth test century and a 50 in the second Ashes test
  • The Australia batsman has now overtaken Joe Root as the world’s No 1 batsman
  • The England captain has dropped to second on the list, the ICC have announced
  • England are 2-0 down in the Ashes ahead of the Boxing Day test in Melbourne 

Australia run-machine Marnus Labuschagne has displaced England captain Joe Root to claim the world’s number one test batter spot following a run of big scores in the ongoing Ashes series.

South Africa-born Labuschagne scored his sixth test century and followed it up with a 51 in the second test in Adelaide to help Australia take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against their arch-rivals.

Root managed to score a half-century in each of the first two tests but has dropped to second in the list of test batters, the ICC announced on Wednesday.


Joe Root (L) has lost his place as the world’s No 1 test batsman to Marnus Labuschagne (R)

Australia batsman Labuschagne scored his sixth test century in the second test in Adelaide 

Having narrowly lost out to New Zealand for a spot in this year’s inaugural World Test Championship final, Labuschagne said Australia’s eyes are not trained on just winning the Ashes.

‘Regardless of if we win the next one, our goal is to win every single test match this summer,’ he told reporters. 

‘For us, that is what the test championship has brought in. Not just about winning this series, you’re playing for something bigger than that as well.’

Labuschagne’s first four tests for Australia came when the side were without banned duo of David Warner and Steve Smith.

After making his debut three years back against Pakistan, Labuschagne lost his place in the side and only returned as a concussion substitute for Smith in the 2019 Ashes series in England.

Labuschagne insists Australia’s eyes are on the World Test Championship as well as the Ashes

Joe Root’s side are looking to bounce back in the must-win third Test in Melbourne next week

The 27-year-old, who started the ongoing series ranked fourth, scored 74 in the hosts’ opening win in Brisbane and his average of 62.14 is second only to Don Bradman’s legendary mark of 99.94 among those who have batted in 20 innings or more.

Meanwhile, in the rankings for Twenty20 international batters, Pakistan captain Babar Azam reclaimed the top spot in the list just one week after losing it.

Babar is currently tied at the top of the rankings with England’s Dawid Malan. 




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