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Root overtakes Kohli to reach third position; Rizwan enters top 20 in Test rankings
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Root overtakes Kohli to reach third position; Rizwan enters top 20 in Test rankings

England captain Joe Root has surpassed his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli and Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne to advance to the third position in the ICC Test rankings.

Root is in the midst of a dream run spree at the moment, having amassed an astronomical sum of 684 runs in his last three Test matches.

Root smashed 228 and 186 in England's 2-0 win in Sri Lanka and followed it up with 218 in his 100th Test appearance during the series opener against India at Chepauk.

The astonishing levels of consistency maintained by the Yorkshire star in subcontinent conditions has helped him rack up 883 rating points, his highest tally in more than three years.

He trails second-placed Steve Smith by just eight points while top-ranked Kane Williamson has 919 rating points after a stellar home season.

Kohli, who has failed to register an international century in his last 32 innings across formats, is now slotted in the fifth spot.

Meanwhile, Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan has continued his meteoric rise in the rankings by breaking into the top 20 for the first time in his career.

After accumulating five half-centuries on the trot against England and New Zealand, Rizwan blasted a terrific 115 not out against South Africa in Rawalpindi to architect a 95-run series-winning victory over the opponents.

He has made a significant leap of 19 positions to occupy the 16th spot whereas his skipper Babar Azam has gone one position ahead of India's Cheteshwar Pujara to get to number six.

Although South Africa did not have a lot to offer in the field of batting excellence, Aiden Markram has made an improvement of nine places to No. 14 following his fighting century on Monday.

Elsewhere, West Indies' duo of debutants Kyle Mayers and Nkrumah Bonner have announced their entrance in the top 100.

Mayers struck an unbeaten 210 – the fourth-highest Test score on debut – in the second innings of the first Test against Bangladesh to help West Indies chase down 395. He is now ranked 70th as his partner in crime Bonner has taken hold of the 88th position.

On the bowling front, James Anderson is up to No. 3 from sixth after exhibiting a reverse swing masterclass in England's 227-run win over India. The ageless Anderson finished with match figures of five for 63 including a devastating spell on the fifth morning of the Test that broke the back of India's bid for resistance.

England's spin twins Jack Leach and Dom Bess have also profited from their productive outing and moved up to 37th and 41st positions respectively.

For Pakistan, Hasan Ali has rocketed from the 53rd to 32nd spot as a result of his 10-wicket match haul against South Africa. He is closely joined by new-ball partner Shaheen Afridi at No. 30 while Mohammad Abbas, who did not feature in the Proteas Tests, is in 12th place.