Joe Root loses spot as No. 1 Test batter to Australia star amid Ashes struggles

England captain Joe Root has lost his number one spot on the ICC's Test batting rankings to Australia star Marnus Labuschagne.

Root is having a stellar year with the bat and has scored a total of 1630 Test runs at an average of 62.69, a record which leaves him fourth on the list for the most runs in a calendar year ever.

He became the number one ranked Test batter back in September, leapfrogging New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson after scoring a magnificent 121 in England's win over India at Headingley.

However, Root has now fallen to second in the rankings, with Labuschagne's impressive run scoring in the Ashes enough for him to rise to number one.

In the first two Tests, Labuschagne has scored 228 runs at an average of 76.00, including one hundred and two fifties.

Root, meanwhile, has made 175 runs at an average of 43.75, with the England skipper still waiting for a maiden Test century in Australia.

Labuschagne made his Test debut back in October 2018, but has been ever present since replacing Steve Smith as a concussion substitute in the second Ashes Test in 2019.

The 27-year-old has scored 2113 runs at an average of 62.14 in 20 tests, including six hundreds and 12 fifties.

Since replacing Smith in 2019, he averages 102.00 in the first innings of Tests and when that statistic was put to him after the win in Adelaide, he replied: "That's the first I've heard of it.

"It's a special feeling, but Bradman's done and a couple of nicks and you right back down the pecking order. "You can't really think like that.

"I just think of trying to score as many runs as possible each innings to put us in positions to win games. The personal performances and accolades are nice but winning games is by far the most enjoyable part."

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