Ashes: Joe Root loses his place as the world’s No. 1 test batsman to Marnus Labuschagne

England captain Joe Root LOSES his place as the world’s No. 1 test batsman to Australian Marnus Labuschagne ahead of a must-win Boxing Day showdown … with tourists 2-0 down in the ashes with three games to play

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











Australian runner Marnus Labuschagne has ousted England captain Joe Root for claiming the world number one Test winner spot after a series of major scores in the ongoing Ashes series.

South African-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 half a century in each of the first two tests, but has dropped to second place on the list of test players, the ICC announced on Wednesday.

South African-born Labuschagne scored his sixth Test century and followed it up with a 51 in the second Test in Adelaide

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

Australian batsman Labuschagne scored his sixth Test century in the second Test in Adelaide

Australian batsman Labuschagne scored his sixth Test century in the second Test in Adelaide

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

“Whether we win the next one, our goal is to win every single test match this summer,” he told reporters.

“For us, that’s what the Test Championship has brought in. Not only about winning this series, you’re also playing for something bigger than that.”

Labuschagne’s first four Tests for Australia came as the team was without the excluded 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 replacement 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

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

Joe Roots' side looks set to return in the third Test to be won in Melbourne next week

Joe Roots’ side looks set to return in the third Test to be won in Melbourne next week

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

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam regained the top spot on the rankings of 20 international batsmen just a week after losing it.

Babar is right now at the top of the rankings with England’s Dawid Malan.

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