Labuschagne and Root move towards the top in MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings

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  • Batters Sharma, Saud and De Silva also progress; Sri Lanka spinner Jayasuriya attains career-best seventh position

Formerly top-ranked batters Marnus Labuschagne of Australia and Joe Root of England have made their ascent back towards the top, progressing three places each to reach second and third positions, respectively, in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

Labuschagne’s scores of 51 and 111 in the drawn fourth Test in Manchester have lifted him to 869 rating points while Root’s knock of 84 takes him to 852 points. New Zealand batter Kane Williamson remains at the top of the list with 883 rating points.

Player of the Match Zak Crawley is up 13 places to 35th after smashing 189, Harry Brook has risen to 11th position and Jonny Bairstow has advanced three places to joint-19th after his unbeaten 99, all prospering in the rankings after helping England post a massive 592 in their only innings.

In other major movements, India captain Rohit Sharma has inched up to ninth after scores of 80 and 57 in the drawn second Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain, Saud Shakeel’s Player of the Match effort of 208 and 30 not out in Pakistan’s four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Galle lifts him 12 places to 15th while Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva has progressed 11 spots to reach 24th position with scores of 122 and 82.

In the bowling rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has moved to sixth while Sri Lankan Prabath Jayasuriya’s seven-wicket haul in Galle has lifted him seven places to a career-best seventh position. Jayasuriya’s spin partner Ramesh Mendis is up one place to 21st after finishing with six wickets in the match.

Mark Wood (up three places to 23rd) and Chris Woakes (up five places to 31st) are the main gainers for England while India’s Mohammad Siraj (up six places to 33rd), Pakistan leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed (up 12 places to 45th) and West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (up six places to 62nd) are among the others to advance.  

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