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Sport Stokes climbs rankings, Root out of top 10

15:15  26 november  2019
15:15  26 november  2019 Source:   skysports.com

Root suffers injury scare in England warm-up

  Root suffers injury scare in England warm-up Joe Root suffered an injury scare while England's bowlers were worked hard on day one of their warm-up against New Zealand A.Root jarred his hip while making a boundary save and left the field for treatment but returned later on to ease concerns over his fitness less than a week before the first Test against the Black Caps in Tauranga.

England captain Joe Root has dropped out of the top 10 of the Test batting rankings for the first time since August 2014. "I'm not too worried about it and this game in particular I found two dreadful ways to get out - but I'm not far away." All-rounder Ben Stokes is now the highest- ranked England player in

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a baseball player holding a bat: Ben Stokes has enjoyed a positive year with the bat for England © Getty Ben Stokes has enjoyed a positive year with the bat for England

Ben Stokes has climbed up to a career-high ninth in the ICC Test batting rankings, but England captain Joe Root has dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since August 2014.

Stokes, who has been nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award, has scored the third-highest number of runs in 2019, behind only Australia's Steve Smith and India's Mayank Agarwal.

He is also third in the all-rounder rankings.

Read more: Archer 'contacted by alleged racial abuser' (Sky Sports)

However, Root has slipped down the batting rankings after a disappointing year.

Buttler, Pope and Denly rescue England

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Following her Australian Open Super Series triumph, ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal today moved up a place to be in seventh position in the latest world rankings while P V Sindhu dropped out of the top 10 after a none-too-impressive outing in the same tournament.

He has scored 548 runs from 10 Tests in 2019 with an average of 27.40. In England's first-Test innings defeat to New Zealand he scored two and 11.

Root, who was the world's top-ranked batsman in 2015, said blaming the captaincy, which he took over in July 2017, was an "easy excuse", but admitted his form has dropped.

  Stokes climbs rankings, Root out of top 10 © Gareth Copley/Getty Images

"I've had a rough time in terms of scores," he said after the defeat to New Zealand. "I'm working hard. You have to go through a bit of a dip. The fact I'm captain, it's an easy excuse to use.

"I'm going to have to keep trusting my game... I must not overthink things and just try to find that rhythm which allows me to get my innings off and running."

Stokes to miss South Africa warm-up game

Stokes looks set to miss England's first warm-up game in South Africa next month, as he travels back to England to attend the Sports Personality of the Year show.

Archer still underestimates himself – Root

  Archer still underestimates himself – Root Joe Root wants England paceman Jofra Archer to have more belief in his own abilities.Archer is only four games into his Test career, but has taken 22 wickets at an average of 20.27 and shapes as being a key in England's series against New Zealand.

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England batsman Joe Root and Sri Lanka veteran Rangana Herath have climbed the International Cricket Mitchell Starc (No.8) and Josh Hazlewood (No.9) retain their spots in the top 10 bowlers Enigmatic Englishman Ben Stokes , who joined Root in tonning up in the first Test against India, now

Stokes will fly back to South Africa on the first available flight the day after the event on December 16, and so could technically be available for the two-day game against a South African Invitational XI, but after more than 15 hours of travelling, it's thought England's coaches are likely to give him some time to rest.

It's much more likely Stokes will first feature in the three-day game against South Africa A, starting on December 20.

Read more: Stokes to miss England match to attend Sports Personality of the Year (The Independent)

Sky Sports News understands ECB officials discussed with head coach Chris Silverwood what was best for Stokes and the England team, before giving permission for him to travel back to the UK.

Watch day one of the second Test between New Zealand and England from 9.30pm, Thursday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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'Jofra is OK and we have his back': England captain Joe Root backs Archer to put race storm behind him in the second Test against New Zealand .
Joe Root has backed Jofra Archer to put Monday's racial abuse in Mount Maunganui behind him as England look to square their Test series against New Zealand.  Archer says he has moved on from the incident, but his team-mates have rallied round him, and Root insisted ahead of tonight’s second Test in Hamilton: ‘He’ll be absolutely fine to play.’File Video - Joe Root: Archer adds a different dynamic to England (Daily Mail) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_f519b8c0-d095-4353-9472-7409bafd680b").

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