Australian batter Marnus Labuschagne has ranked the top five batters in the present times during one of his recent interviews.
Over the years, the enthusiastic fans have created a group of ‘Fab Four’ consisting of Kohli (India), Steve Smith (Australia), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Joe Root (England).
Who is the best Test batter among Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson?
Root is currently having the purple patch of his Test career among his contemporaries, He became the first player in the ‘Fab Four’ club to amass 10,000 runs in the format and surpassed Smith and Kohli’s tally of 27 Test hundreds with his match-winning knock (142*) against India in the second innings in the Birmingham Test in July.
Williamson didn’t play enough Test cricket since the first Test against India in Kanpur in November last year and returned to lead the Black Caps in the three Tests against England. The New Zealand captain managed 96 runs in four innings at 24 while playing the format after six months.
Smith scored an unbeaten 145 in the second Test against Sri Lanka to break the jinx of not scoring a Test hundred for around 18 months. However, Kohli needs a similar breakthrough to score runs at pace. The former Indian skipper made scores of 11 and 20 in the rescheduled fifth Test against England.
Marnus Labuschagne ranks Steve Smith at No1, Babar Azam at No.4
Of late, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has imposed himself as a challenger to the Fab Four club. Many experts have demanded the inclusion of Babar in the best batters and made it Fab 5.
In March this year, Babar’s 196 off 425 balls against Australia in the second Test in Karachi salvaged Pakistan to force a draw from a losing position.
Labuschagne, who is currently ranked No.2 in the ICC men’s Test batting rankings, has ranked his teammate Steve Smith at the top among the five players.
“Steve Smith. I will go with Virat next. Joe Root three, his record in red ball and for someone who has done it for so long in different condtions, he has a great record in the sub-continent, plays well in England. Babar and Kane then. It is a tough list. In Test cricket, it is tight, at least the top two are,” Labuschagne told News9.
Root is currently occupied with Test duties as England are due to face South Africa in the second Test, starting on Thursday (August 25) at Old Trafford in Manchester.