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Ashwin maintains top spot in bowlers rankings for Tests


In the ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday, India’s all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin continues to dominate the bowlers while England’s Joe Root overtook Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne to become the world’s best batsman.

Ashwin, who did not play in the World Test Championship final against Australia earlier this month in London, remains the world’s leading bowler with 860 points. England’s James Anderson is in second place with 829 points.

Jasprit Bumrah (772) and Ravindra Jadeja (765) retained their eighth and ninth positions among Indian bowlers, respectively.

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Virat Kohli, India’s batting ace, slipped down to the 14th spot, while Rohit Sharma, the team’s captain, moved up to the 12th spot.

Cheteshwar Pujara remained at number 25, while Shreyas Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane, both of whom have been out of action for some time, moved up one place to number 36 and number 37, respectively.

Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant is the only Indian in the top 10, taking the last spot. The big recovery came at the top of the fan rankings, as Root moved up five places to oust Labuschagne.

A day after Australia beat England by two wickets to win the Edgbaston Test and take a 1-0 lead in the ongoing Ashes, the rankings have changed.

Despite Root’s top score of 118 in England’s declared first innings of 393 for 8 (a decision that was heavily debated after they lost the first Ashes Test), Labuschagne failed to make an impact with the bat in either innings.

During the first Ashes Test in Birmingham, Root scored 118 not out and 46 runs in a losing effort. The 32-year-old batsman climbed five impressive places and regained his position as the No. 1 Test batsman. 1 in the world as a result of his exceptional individual efforts.

With scores of 0 and 13, Labuschagne dropped to third against England, but veteran Kiwi Kane Williamson picked up two points in second.

Fellow Australians Travis Head (down one place to fourth) and Steve Smith (drops four spots to sixth) also lose ground in the race to become the No.1 Test batsman, with just 26 rating points now separating the top six players in what is one of the closest battles seen in some time.

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada surpassed Australian captain Pat Cummins (824 points) to take third place among bowlers with 825 points.

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