Root on cloud nine after win

England's Joe Root in action during the Fifth Test at The Kia Oval
England's Joe Root in action during the Fifth Test at The Kia Oval
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Sheffield’s Joe Root officially became the ninth-best batsman in the world this week after breaking into the top 10 of the Reliance International Cricket Council Test rankings.

Root, who helped England register a 3-1 series win over India and finished as top run scorer, has also been named in England’s ODI squad for their five-match series against the Indians.

Root is England’s highest-ranked batsman - nine places ahead of Ian Bell in 18th - and England have moved up to third in the team rankings.

Meanwhile Yorkshire, who beat Sussex by nine wickets at Scarborough to go six points clear at the top of the County Championship earlier this week, complete their Royal London One Day Cup group stage commitments tomorrow when they travel to the south coast to face Hampshire.

The Vikings have already qualified for the competition’s quarter-finals, and seamer Tim Bresnan said:”We are playing some good stuff and things are looking good.

“With the sort of cricket we are playing at the moment, I would back us to beat anyone.”