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Babar Azam Climbs to Fifth Position in ICC Test Batting Rankings

Former Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has surged five places to secure the fifth spot in the rankings for batters. The 29-year-old’s remarkable performance in the recently concluded Test series played a pivotal role in this significant improvement, as he moved up from the 10th position.

The failure of Indian and Australian batters in their respective Test matches also contributed to Babar Azam ascent in the rankings. Meanwhile, England’s Ollie Pope has achieved a new career-high rating, soaring 20 places to 15th after his heroic display in the first Test against India.

At the summit of the Test batting rankings, New Zealand veteran Kane Williamson maintains his position as the No. 1 ranked batter. Australia’s Usman Khawaja makes a notable gain of two places to secure the eighth position after a solid half-century in the second Test against the Caribbean side. Despite missing the second Test against England, India’s star Virat Kohli now occupies the sixth spot.

In the bowling rankings, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin retains his top position following his six-wicket haul against England. Teammate Jasprit Bumrah gains a spot, moving to fourth after taking six wickets in Hyderabad. South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada ranks second, while Australia’s captain Pat Cummins now stands at third.

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On the all-rounder front, India’s Ravindra Jadeja leads comfortably. However, England’s Joe Root is making a significant impact with both bat and ball. Root’s five-wicket haul against India has propelled him to a new career-high rating, securing the fourth position in the ICC Test all-rounder rankings, just behind leader Jadeja. Root’s versatility and recent performances hint at a potential challenge for the top spot in the near future.

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