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Root storms up Test rankings

Joe Root is now England's highest-placed batsman in the Reliance ICC Test Rankings following his century in the drawn match against India at Trent Bridge.

The Yorkshireman's score of 154 not out helped him rise 10 places in the standings to 16th, the highest position in the 23-year-old's career.

Root was 38th at the beginning of the season and could move higher up the table with strong performances in the remaining four Investec Tests as he is still in the qualification period for batsmen.

Ian Bell is 20th, while captain Alastair Cook is five places behind his compatriot. South Africa's AB de Villiers holds the number-one spot.

Gary Ballance and Sam Robson also rose up the rankings following their promising performances against India. Ballance's score of 71 saw him move 13 places to 70th, and Robson's 59 took him up 16 places to 78th.

Stuart Broad's match figures of 4-103 helped lift him four places to 10th in the bowling rankings.

Joe Root's brilliant unbeaten century against India lifted him 10 places to 16th in the Test rankings, four spots ahead of team-mate Ian Bell

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