WTC 2021-23: Leading Run Scorers So Far, No Indian In Top 5
The second edition of the World Test Championship stands at an interesting and exciting turn at the end of the year 2022.
Australia with 76.92 PCT are the table leaders by some distance - having lost only one out of the 13 Tests they have played in this cycle - and are favorites to reach the final, along with the second-placed India who have 58.93 PCT and a 4-Test home series.
South Africa with 54.55 and Sri Lanka with 53.33 PCT are also in the race to the final at the Oval in June.
Defending WTC champions New Zealand are out of the race to the final; the Kiwis have won only 2 Tests out of 9. England, despite the late surge courtesy of Bazball, are out of contention for the final, and so are Pakistan West Indies, and Bangladesh.
In this article, we look at the top 5 run-scorers in the WTC 2021/23:
Joe Root-1915 runs
Even though Joe Root has scored only 171 runs in the last 6 Tests across two series, the former England captain remains the leading run-scorer in this WTC cycle currently, because of his astronomical form before entering this little slump.
Also, Root and England have played the most number of Tests - and by quite a distance - than other teams, so it’s not a surprise that Root is at the top of this list with 1915 runs in 22 Tests (40 innings) at a terrific average of 53, having slammed 8 centuries and 5 fifties in this cycle with a best of 180* vs India in 2021.
Babar Azam - 1462 runs
Babar Azam is without a doubt the most in-form all-format international batsman currently in the world. In Tests, in the ongoing WTC cycle, the Pakistan captain has amassed 1462 runs in 13 Tests (23 innings) at an infalted average of 66 with the help of 4 hundreds and 10 fifties.
It has, of course, helped Babar’s cause immensely that 6 of those Tests were played at home in Pakistan, and all of them had absolute flatbeds, making it a batting paradise.
Jonny Bairstow - 1285 runs
Jonny Bairstow has revived his Test career in the last Ashes series, and in fact turned it around spectacularly. Bairstow was a key part of England’s and Bazball’s success at home, being the driving force in the middle.
In 15 Tests in this WTC cycle, Bairstow has smashed 1285 runs at an average of 51 and strike rate of 68. Bairstow clattered 6 centuries and 2 fifties in this period. This year, in Tests, he averaged 66 at a strike rate of 76, raising 6 centuries in 10 Tests.
Marnus Labuschange - 1186 runs
Marnus Labuschagne has been an integral part of Australia’s success in this WTC cycle, as he was in the previous one. Labuschagne is also now the number ranked ICC Test batsman.
Australia’s number 3 has scored 1186 runs in 14 Tests (24 innings) of this WTC cycle at an average of 56, and has notched up 5 centuries (including one in Sri Lanka) and 3 fifties.
Usman Khawaja - 1080 runs
Usman Khawaja got the opportunity in the last Ashes due to unavailability of another batter, and the left-hander grabbed his chance with both hands to revive his Test career, and has now become a batting mainstay for Australia in Tests.
In 11 Tests in this WTC cycle, Khawaja has scored 1080 runs at an applaudable average of 67 with the help of 4 centuries and 5 fifties.