Marnus Labuschagne displaces Joe Root as No. 1 Test batter

In the second Ashes Test held in Adelaide, Labuschagne scored his first Ashes century and followed that with a half-century in the second innings.

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Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo by Peter Mundy/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne has risen to the top of the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, surpassing England captain Joe Root, who had been on top since August this year.

In the second Ashes Test held in Adelaide, Labuschagne scored his first Ashes century and followed that with a half-century in the second innings (103 and 51), as he went on to be adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for contributing towards Australia’s 275-run win over England.

He is the ninth player from Australia to have crossed the 900-point mark with the bat, joining the elite league of gentlemen, Sir Donald Bradman, Ricky Pointing, Mathew Hayden, Steve Smith, Michael Clarke etc.

Within the bowlers, Mitchell Starc is back in the world’s top ten Test bowlers for the first time since this January. Whilst his compatriot Pat Cummins held onto the top spot despite missing the second Test. England’s Ollie Robinson is in the world’s top 25 bowlers for the first time at a career-best 597 points and Joe Root has made his first appearance in the world’s top 10 all-rounders after his 111th Test appearance.

In the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings there is a tie for top spot of batters between Pakistan’s Babar Azam and England’s Dawid Malan.  Mohammad Rizwan is now at a career-best 798 points and is the second Pakistani in the top three batter’s category.

Nicholas Pooran was the bright spot for the West Indies in their 3-0 T20I series defeat against Pakistan. His 108 runs at a strike rate of 147.94 took him up to 27th place, up from his previous career best of 30th.

ICC Men’s Test player rankings

POS PLAYER TEAM RATING
1 Marnus Labuschagne  AUS 912
2 Joe Root  ENG 897
3 Steve Smith  AUS 884
4 Kane Williamson  NZ 879
5 Rohit Sharma  IND 797
6 David Warner  AUS 775
7 Virat Kohli  IND 756
8 Dimuth Karunaratne  SL 754
9 Babar Azam  PAK 750
10 Travis Head  AUS 728

ICC Men’s T20I player rankings

POS PLAYER TEAM RATING
1 Dawid Malan ENG 805
2 Babar Azam  PAK 805
3 Mohammad Rizwan  PAK 798
4 Aiden Markram  SA 796
5 Lokesh Rahul  IND 729
6 Aaron Finch  AUS 709
7 Devon Conway  NZ 703
8 Jos Buttler  ENG 674
9 Rassie van der Dussen  SA 669
10 Martin Guptill  NZ 658