Joe Root moves top of ICC world batting ranking
Last Updated: 08/08/15 3:50pm
Joe Root has been installed as the world’s No 1 batsman, with the in-form England player replacing Steve Smith at the top of the ICC Ranking.
The 24-year-old Yorkshireman smashed 130 in the first innings at Trent Bridge where England wrapped up an innings and 78-run victory to regain the Ashes.
Root has plundered 443 runs in the series so far, with his two centuries and two half-centuries giving him an average of 71.79.
Australian Smith, meanwhile, drops down to third in the standings behind South African AB de Villiers.
After the Trent Bridge victory, Root said: "I put my form down to hard work, being very relentless in practice, and doing the things you don't want to - you've got to face bowling in practice that whistles around your head.
"This is why you play the game, to be in the dressing room with the lads talking about all the hard work we've put in behind the scenes.
"Its hard to put it into words - the way that this squad of players has come together and not relied on one or two individuals."
Meanwhile, in the bowling list, Stuart Broad moves up three places to No 2 thanks to his eight-wicket haul in Australia's first innings in Nottingham.
James Anderson, who missed the fourth Test due to injury, is third while South African Dale Steyn remains at No 1.
1 Joe Root, 2 AB de Villiers, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Hashim Amla, 5 Kumar Sangakkara, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Younis Khan, 8 Kane Williamson, 9 Chris Rogers, 10 Virat Kohli
Bowling rankings:1 Dale Steyn, 2 Stuart Broad, 3 James Anderson, 4 Trent Boult, 5 Yasir Shah, 6 Vernon Philander, 7 Mitchell Johnson, 8 Rangana Herath, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Morne Morkel