After a stunning performance in the day-night Ashes Test against England, Marnus Labuschagne has risen to No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings for batters. After scores of 103 and 51 in the second Test of the ongoing Ashes series, Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne replaced England skipper Joe Root.

Joe Root, who has had a fantastic year in Test cricket, has dropped to No. 2 after failing to get his first century in Australia. With 1630 runs from 14 Test matches, Root is the highest run-scorer in 2021. He was in good form during England’s tours of Sri Lanka and India, including a double century in Chennai, where England won the first Test against India.

Marnus Labuschagne has appeared in 20 Tests for Australia, scoring 2113 runs with six hundred. Labuschagne has continued to dominate Test cricket since his debut against Pakistan in 2018, drawing similarities to Steve Smith for his preoccupation with batting and scoring large runs.

Prior to his exploits in the second Ashes Test, Marnus Labuschagne had made a valiant 74 in the first match to give Australia the upper hand. With three more Tests to play, Australia presently leads the Ashes 2-0.

There was no movement in the top-10 rankings for ICC batters in Tests other than Joe Root’s drop to No. 2. In the rankings, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli, Dimuth Karunaratne, Babar Azam, and Travis Head all maintained their positions. Meanwhile, Australia’s Test skipper Pat Cummins preserved his No. 1 ranking among Test bowlers after missing the second Test after having close contact with a Covid positive person. India’s R Ashwin, who is closing in on Kapil Dev’s wicket record, was also kept at No. 2.

Australia will be encouraged by occupations in the No. 1 rankings for ICC Test batsmen and bowlers as they try to finish 2021 on a high note.