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Joe Root overtakes Virat Kohli in ICC Test batting rankings

Joe Root scored a double century in England’s first Test victory over India (Picture: Getty)

England captain Joe Root and seamer James Anderson have moved up to third in the International Cricket Council’s batting and bowling rankings following England’s victory over India in Chennai.

Root followed his prolific tour of Sri Lanka with 218 in the first innings of his side’s 227-run win, adding another 40 in his second attempt.

That moves Root back into the top three batsmen for the first time since September 2017 on the back of 684 runs in six knocks, sitting behind Kane Williamson and Steve Smith but ahead of India skipper Virat Kohli after almost four years trailing.

Anderson is also back up to number three after taking five wickets against India, including three in a wonderful spell of reverse swing on day five.

Kohli, meanwhile, looked in good touch with the bat during India’s second innings before he was bowled by a ball that kept low from Ben Stokes, but his captaincy credentials have been called into question following his fourth successive defeat.

James Anderson rolled back the years with a superb spell during India’s second innings against England (Picture: Channel 4)

Responding to India’s demise, he said: ‘There will be hiccups, but we as a side are always looking to improve. We’ll be looking to bounce back.

‘It was a pretty slow wicket with not much happening in the first two days with the ball. You have to give credit where it’s due and we have to understand the things that we’ve done decently in this game.

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‘England played far more professionally. You need your bowling unit to step up and perform more collectively. It’s okay, lack of execution is understandable. We’re always learning as a side.

‘Test cricket is a grind. England were ready for the grind and were far more equipped.’

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