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Babar Azam and Travis Head competing for top spot in ICC Test rankings

Travis Head of Australia emerges as the new challenger for the No.1 Test batter, while Babar Azam ranks third after jumping three spots.

Dubai, 12 July, 2023 (GNP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batter rankings have an exciting battle between Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, and Australian batter Travis Head for the top position.

Head has climbed to a career-high second place in the latest ICC rankings. With 874 points, he’s only nine points behind New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, who holds the first position with 883 points.

Meanwhile, Azam is not far behind, as he jumped three spots to secure the third position with 862 points.

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The rise of Head in the batter charts has led to a reshuffle at the top of the batting rankings. Azam has jumped three places to claim the third spot, while Australia’s Steve Smith (fourth) and Marnus Labuschagne (fifth), and England’s Joe Root (sixth) all dropped by one place intensifying the competition for the top rank.

In an official press release, the ICC announced, “Australia star Travis Head is the newest challenger to the No.1 Test batter ranking after rising to a career-high second place in the latest ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings.”

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Head’s exceptional performance in the Ashes series against England contributed significantly to his current position. He scored 266 runs at an average of 44.33 in the series. He was a key contributor to the visitors’ close call on winning the Ashes for the third time in a row in the most recent Test of that series at Headingley with scores of 39 and 77.

Furthermore, Head aims to claim the top spot in the remaining two matches of the ongoing Ashes cricket series. Meanwhile, Azam looks forward to achieving the same feat during the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka this month.