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Joe Root drops out of ICC's top 10 after batting slump
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Joe Root drops out of ICC's top 10 after batting slump

Joe Root's twin failures in the first Test against New Zealand has resulted in his demotion to the 11th spot in the updated ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

This is the first time since 2014 that Root does not feature in the top 10 denoting a severe slump in form.

The England skipper has been averaging a mediocre 27.40 this year and was unable to score a century during his side's drawn Ashes series against Australia.

Moreover, questions have been raised over Root's ability to shoulder the burden of captaincy alongside his batting responsibilities as his average drops to 39.70 while leading the team in comparison to 47.35 for his career.

The 87-Test veteran's fluctuating batting number in England's line-up is another area of concern with top-order collapses a routine occurrence for the World Cup-winners in the longest format.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has overtaken Root to become England's highest-ranked batsman to occupy the ninth position following an impressive half-century against the Black Caps in the first innings.

Contrasting fortunes for the two top-ranked batsmen, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, has seen the Indian skipper narrow the gap between them from 25 to three points.

Kohli struck a dominant century under tricky conditions in India's first-ever pink-ball Test while Smith fell to an uncharacteristic swipe for just four runs in Australia's innings win over Pakistan.

Smith's teammate Marnus Labuschagne, who initially made a return to the Test as a concussion replacement for the former Aussie captain, made significant gains in the rankings to climb to 14th place after accumulating a magnificent 185.

New Zealand's BJ Watling has become the highest-ranked wicketkeeper-batsman in the rankings following his marvellous double ton. He has managed to move up 12 spots to grab the 12th slot.

Among bowlers, New Zealand speedster Neil Wagner's fiery spell of pace bowling has seen him get to a career-high No. 3 as he was the chief tormentor of England's batting.

Wagner claimed eight wickets in his side's emphatic victory and now boasts the third-highest rating points for any New Zealand bowler, behind Richard Hadlee and Trent Boult.

Josh Hazlewood has advanced four places in the rankings to return to the top 10 as he shares the ninth spot with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.