Joe Root dethrones Steven Smith to become top-ranked Test batsman

Joe Root is now the world's best ranked Test batsman
Joe Root is now the world's best ranked Test batsman
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England batsman Joe Root has displaced Australia's Steven Smith as the top-ranked batsman according to the International Cricket Council Ratings following the former's century in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

In doing so, Root becomes the second Englishman to achieve the feat after former captain Michael Vaughan, who achieved it during the 2002-03 season.

Prior to the start of the Ashes series, Root was ranked fourth, and has moved up the rankings due to an incredible Ashes series that has seen him rack up 443 runs at an average of 73.43 with two hundreds.

Meanwhile, failures in four successive innings has seen Smith slip down to third place behind South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

After a prolific 12 months with the bat, the 25-year-old experienced a blip in form for the first time as he managed just 26 runs in the last four innings.

Root holds a significant 27-point lead over second-placed de Villiers while Smith is six points behind the South African.

In the bowling rankings, Stuart Broad's emphatic eight-wicket haul in the first innings of the Trent Bridge Test has seen him rise up three spots to second place thereby pushing his team-mate James Anderson to third. 

Broad started the match at fifth spot tied with Australia's Mitchell Johnson and the England pacer went on a wicket-taking spree to land career best figures of eight for 15 that saw Australia skittled out for 60 in what was the shortest ever Test first innings.

South Africa's Dale Steyn continues to top the bowler rankings with a comfortable 53-point lead over Broad.

England’s dominating performance in the Ashes series has seen them move up to three places up to third spot in the team rankings.

A win in the final Test at the Oval will see Alastair Cook’s men replace Australia who are currently in second.

However, if the final Test ends in a draw, Australia will cling on to their second position by the narrowest of margins.

A win for Michael Clarke's men will see the visitors maintain their second spot with a clear four-point lead.