England's Joe Root surpasses Aussie star in stunning rankings climb

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Joe Root (pictured) kissing his helmet after scoring a century.
Joe Root (pictured) has surpassed Aussie Marnus Labuschagne as the No.1 Test batter on the ICC rankings. (Getty Images)

Former England captain Joe Root has surpassed Aussie Marnus Labuschagne as the No.1 Test batter on the ICC rankings after a stunning run of form.

Root has been in imperious form since the beginning of 2001 having scored the most centuries and runs in Test cricket.

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The No.4 batter has since relinquished his role as captain after his struggles to convert chances in Australia during the Ashes.

But, he has returned stronger than ever having scored four centuries in his last five matches.

Root overtook Labuschagne who gained the top spot during the Ashes series when he scored 103 and 51 in the second Ashes Test England in Adelaide.

"Root has already scored four centuries this calendar year and become just the second Englishman to score more than 10,000 Test runs and that has seen the 31-year-old jump in front of Labuschagne as the number one-ranked batter in the world," said the ICC in a statement.

Root has a total of 897 rating points, five points more than Labuschagne in second place.

Root has scored almost twice as many runs as anyone else in men's Test cricket since turning 30 on December 30th, 2020.

Joe Root (pictured) acknowledges the applause as he leaves at the end of play.
Joe Root (pictured) acknowledges the applause as he leaves at the end of play. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Root's tally of 2371 runs is more than 1000 clear of the next man on the list - Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne (1216).

Although Root has played the most innings over the period (43), his average of 57.82 is second only to Karunaratne among players to have batted at least 20 times.

Root has scored 10 Test centuries in 43 innings since celebrating his 30th birthday, reaching three figures roughly once in every four times he has walked out to bat.

His remaining 17 centuries were amassed over 177 innings, at a rate of around one in 10.

England's incredible fightback at Trent Bridge

Root's form comes as England turns around their Test woes.

Jonny Bairstow created history after scoring the fastest England century in more than 120 years in a record run chase of 299 in 50 overs on the fifth day against New Zealand this week.

In a remarkable Test match, England had been set 299 to win on Tuesday in a minimum 63 overs.

The record run chase at Trent Bridge was roared on by a full house which had been admitted for free, they got there with 13 overs to spare.

And the biggest talking point was Bairstow's insane innings.

The Yorkshireman smashed 136 in 92 balls, reaching three figures off 77, one more than Gilbert Jessop required in 1902 against Australia at The Oval.

England and New Zealand also put on an attractive Test match for fans.

The overall boundary count, 250, with 24 sixes, was the highest in Test history and the run-total, 1601 was the highest in a Nottingham Test.

with AAP

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