Joseph Root tops ICC batting

England’s Joe Root celebrates reaching his century on the first day of the fourth Ashes test cricket match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.
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England’s Joseph Edward Root tops the International Cricket Council’s batting chart by moving up from number three to number one. Root had scored 443 runs and averaging 73.83 so far in the Ashes Series with four Test matches completed.

ICC BATTING AS OF AUGUST 10

1. Joe Root

2. Able Villiers

3. Steven Smith

4. Hashim Amla

5. Kumar Sangakkara

6. Angelo Matthews

7. Younis Khan

8. Kane Williamson

9. Chris Rogers

10. Virat Kohli

ICC BOWLING

1. Dale Steyn

2. Stuart Broad

3. James Anderson

4. Trent Boult

5. Yadira Shah

6. Vernon Philander

7. Mitchell Johnson

8. Rangana Herath

9. Jim Southee

10. Morne Morkel

ICC TEST RANKINGS UP TO AUG. 10

1. South Africa

2. Australia

3. Pakistan

4. New Zealand

5. India

6. England

7. Sri Lanka

8. West Indies

9. Bangladesh

10. Zimbabwe

CAPTAINCY CRISIS

West Indies cricket is now facing all sorts of problems including the captaincy of Denesh Ramdin who is in a terrible form. Ramdin’s batting is averaging 26.28 in Test and his captaincy is one of the poorest in international cricket today. Ramdin has played 69 Test matches and he has scored only four Test centuries.

The West Indies team has a young group of players that have to take up the challenges seriously. Jason Holder 23, Jermaine Blackwood 23, Darren Bravo 26, Shane Dowrich 23, Kraigg Braithwaite 22, Devon Thomas 23 and Shai Hope 21 are all players with abilities to do well for the region.

Dowrich is capable of being the new wicket keeper batsman and Thomas can surely squeeze his way into the middle order batting. Blackwood will have to perform much more responsibly. Young opening batsmen Hope and Kraigg Braithwaite must learn to rotate the strike.

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