Root in World top five as England name unchanged Ashes team

England batsman Joe Root celebrates his century against Australia  Phot: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
England batsman Joe Root celebrates his century against Australia Phot: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
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Joe Root has leapt into the top-five of the ICC’s Test batting rankings for the first time in his career after his man-of-the-match performance in the first Investec Ashes Test win over Australia.

Root’s seventh Test century, which he described as his best after the 169-run win, set the game up for England before he followed it with a 60 to help stretch the lead beyond 400.

Those numbers also helped the 24-year-old right-hander from Sheffield move up three places to fourth position on the ICC’s Test Batting Rankings as he went past the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Younus Khan.

Root has a career-best 884 points and is now seven points behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

Stuart Broad also broke new ground as he moved up to fifth place in the bowlers’ rankings for the first time with a career-high 801 points.

Broad claimed five wicket in the match and inspired the decisive move on the fourth day as England claimed four wickets for nine runs around lunch.

England have retained the same 13-man squad for the second Investec Test at Lord’s.

The victorious XI will be joined again by Steven Finn and Adil Rashid as extra bowling options for the second match of five, which begins on Thursday.

New coach Trevor Bayliss has started with an emphatic win after taking up his role at the end of last month - but the Australian is warning of a response from his compatriots in London.

Bayliss was also unsurprisingly impressed by England’s first performance of his tenure, and in particular the leadership of Alastair Cook.

“I thought his captaincy was top-notch,” he said.

“But the boys are very much aware that, when you beat Australia, then the next match is going to be even tougher.

“They’ll come back hard - we know that - and there’s still a long way to go in this series.”

England will nonetheless be rightly encouraged by their opening success.

Bayliss added: “Any win is a fantastic feeling.

“When there’s a win, the dressing room is full of excitement and confidence - and certainly the England boys are no different.”

Asked if he believes he has had a big influence already on England’s improvement, he said: “No, not really.

“I think they’ve been heading in the right direction. They are interested in playing good, attacking cricket, their own natural games - and the job that Alastair did in this match was fantastic.”

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has hinted that changes will be made.

After defeat with an entire day to spare, question marks linger over a couple of the Australian starting XI.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin looked all of his 37 years at times, and his costly drop of Root might well have been the pivotal moment of the match, while Mitchell Starc is battling an ankle injury.

But it is Shane Watson whose place appears most precarious. Scores of 30 and 19, coupled with some innocuous medium pace, leave him vulnerable.