England skipper Joe Root has dropped out of the ICC’s top 10 Test batsmen in the updated rankings for the first time since 2014. His significant slump in form, which saw him manage just 13 runs in two innings against New Zealand in the first Test, has resulted in this latest demotion.
Root, who ruled the batting charts in 2015, now occupies the 11th spot in the rankings. He averages a middling 27.90 this year in 10 Tests so far and was a disappointment with the bat during the Ashes series.
His place in the so-called ‘fab four’ is thus called into question as he has failed to conjure a masterful knock for a long time. Root’s last century came in February against West Indies and he has managed only three hundreds in his previous 16 appearances in the format. The 28-year-old’s average has dipped to 39.70 as captain of the side compared to a shade over 52 when he was first handed the responsibility of leading England.