Joe Root returns to the top of the world batting rankings for the first time in SIX years… with the England captain looting 1,398 runs in 11 games so far in 2021
- Joe Root enjoyed a smashing 2021 with the bat and it has been rewarded
- The England captain scores an average of 69.90 over 11 games after scoring 1,398 runs
- He has hit six centuries this year, including three in as many matches against India
England captain Joe Root is the world’s new No 1 Test batsman after returning to the top spot in the International Cricket Council rankings for the first time in six years.
Root previously held the No. 1 spot in 2015, but had dropped to ninth place by early 2021.
Since then he has been in masterful form, scoring 1,398 runs in 11 games with a lofty average of 69.90. Six centuries have passed since the turn of the year, including three in as many matches in the ongoing series against India.
Joe Root has regained the top spot in the ICC batting rankings for the first time since 2015
The England captain has scored 1,398 runs in 11 games this year with a lofty average of 69.90
The 30-year-old scored scores of 109, 180 and 121 in the past month, overtaking opponents Virat Kohli, Australian duo Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
Root has reached 916 ranking points, just one behind his 2015 peak and 15 clear of Williamson. The burden of scoring that rests on Root’s shoulders is illustrated by the fact that Ben Stokes, who is currently absent indefinitely, is England’s next batsman on the list at number 16. Of those currently on the team sitting, follows Rory Burns at 24.
Among the former No. 1 bowlers, James Anderson is England’s leading name, back to No. 5 in a list led by Australian Pat Cummins, while Ollie Robinson’s Player of the Match at Headingley sees him jump to 36th after just four Tests.
For the first time in nearly four years, Kohli is not the highest-rated batsman of his party. After just half a century in seven innings since his arrival in England, he has been usurped by opener Rohit Sharma at number 5.
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Meanwhile, England has confirmed that Moeen Ali will be Root’s vice-captain. With Stokes unavailable and Jos Buttler withdrawing due to the imminent arrival of his second child, Moeen has been asked to replace other candidates, including Anderson and Rory Burns.
“Moeen is a natural leader and someone the team tends to,” Root said.
“He has a brilliant cricket brain. I’m really excited for him, he’s definitely the right man for the role.”